Ski season at Snowshoe Mountain Resort starts Thanksgiving
weekend and runs through the end of March, weather
The BrazenHead is six miles north of the turnoff
to Snowshoe. The drive to the top of the mountain
takes about 20 minutes.
Skiing in the Snowshoe Region
West Virginia’s eastern mountains, the central
Appalachians, have the highest mean elevation in the
East. Snowshoe Mountain Resort was established in
the early 1970s by Dr. Tom Brigham, a New England
dentist who “discovered” the mountain
by flying over it in 1958, as he was scouting for
mountains he might develop into ski resorts.
Snowshoe’s Cupp Run has a vertical drop of
1,500 feet, the greatest of any ski area in the mid-Atlantic
or South. The top of the mountain resort also offers
Silver Creek Ski Area, with good beginners’
terrain, a snowboard park, and snow-tubing run.
Cross country skiing is also popular in the region.
Elk River Touring Center grooms several miles of trails
in the surrounding Monongahela National Forest.
In need of a local outfitter? We recommend The Ski Barn.
Cheat Mountain is the historic name of the big ridge
that runs from northern Pocahontas County through
most of Randolph County. Theories abound as to how
Cheat Mountain and Cheat River got their names. Our
favorite is that the name derives from the period
in the early 18th century when French fur trappers
roamed the land alongside Native Americans. We’ve
heard there once was a trapper named Cheatte. More
than that we do not know, and we’re not sure
we know that.