West Virginia gets more snow than people think, especially when the lake-effect machine cranks up. And Snowshoe has one thing no New England resort will ever have: a mountaintop “base” village, with views to match. And that village rocks, readers say. Dining and lodging options may be limited to what the resort offers out here in the middle of nowhere, but they rank a respectable No. 9 and 11 respectively. Après options are similarly promising (No. 13), and the bars are filled with fun-loving vacationers who might not be the greatest skiers but are expert level partiers. (“If you’re young and like to party, this place rocks on weekends,” one reader attests.) Sure, the mountains of West Virginia are hard to get to from pretty much anywhere; Snowshoe ranks an abysmal No. 33 for Access. And while the terrain won’t scare anyone, there’s lots of it, and some of it—like Cupp Run and Shay’s Revenge—is reasonably challenging. “It’s the best around on the east coast unless you head to New England,” says one reader. “The weather can be a crap shoot,” another adds, “but the views are great when it’s clear. It’s the best place south of Vermont.”
FAMILY EXPERIENCE >> Snowshoe’s Split Rock Pools keep the kids busy with slides, geysers, and an indoor/outdoor swimming area.
DON'T MISS >> Twelve trails are open for night-skiing in the Silver Creek pod, home to the resort’s lift-served five-lane tubing park, also lit in the evenings.
MANDATORY TRAIL >> Cupp Run, in the Western Territory area of the resort, was designed by Jean-Claude Killy.