Snowshoe Mountain Resort has some of the best skiing in the mid-Atlantic region and entire east coast. It's kind of remote, out in the middle of nowhere in West Virginia, but generally has colder temperatures and more snow than other ski areas in the mid-Atlantic. And with so much area for skiing, it is not as crowded and congested as other ski places I have visited. There are three different areas for skiing - Silver Creek, Snowshoe Basin, and Western Territory. The Silver Creek area tends to be the least crowded with short lines for the lifts, so this is where we start off to practice and get used to skiing again (we usually only ski once a year). This area is also the only one with night skiing available, so it can get more crowded in the evenings. The Snowshoe Basin area is the largest area. Sometimes the lines for the lifts can get a little long, but they usually get them moving pretty quick. It is possible to cover quite a bit of ground here, as the trails tend to criss-cross the area. Thus, you can go up one lift on the north end and ski down the trails to a lift at the south end and then back. This makes the ski runs a bit longer (for east coast skiing at least) so you spend more time actually skiing and less time waiting in line or riding the lift. Refer to the trail maps and trail signs to figure out how to get around. Unlike most ski resorts, you start at the top of the mountain (where the condos and stores are at), ski down, and then take a lift back up. The last area, Western Territory, has only two trails, a black diamond and double-black, which have 1500 feet of elevation loss over about 1.5 miles. This area is for more advanced skiers and so I haven't skied here. We first visited Snowshoe last year (2012) and had a great time and came back again this year.
The tubing park at Snowshoe is by the Silver Creek area - easy access by shuttle from other places on the mountain and from the Inn at the bottom of the mountain. They are open from 1 to 9 PM and tickets are for 2-hour sessions. A cable pull the tube and rider up the hill, so no need to drag a tube up an icy hill. There are five tubing lanes and you can go down individually or grouped together. The staff at the top will give you a push to go down quickly if you need it. We went in the evening - the tracks are a little icier so you go down easier and fewer children. Overall, we had a lot of fun. I'd recommend if you're looking for a break from skiing/snowboarding but still want to enjoy the winter weather.
After a poor experience eating at Silver Creek, we talked to some other guests who told us the dining options are much better at The Village. So on our second day of skiing, we had lunch at Sunset Cantina. They have the typical Mexican/Southwest food, with elevated Snowshoe prices. But out waitress was very attentive and we were served quickly. The food was expensive, but good. I had a quesadilla and my wife had fajitas and were were both satisfied with our meal. The chips and salsa were also pretty good (a key indicator of any Mexican restaurant). Unfortunately, we didn't eat here until our last day, but would definitely eat here again next time we visit Snowshoe.
After skiing for a while at Silver Creek, when stopped at Misty's for lunch. We went at about 2 to try and avoid the bigger lunch crowd, but the restaurant was still very crowded. The restaurant was extremely loud with obnoxious country music blasting and they were having some raffle next door and patrons were constantly bumping into our table or asking us to hold the door so they could get by while carrying their drinks. I guess it didn't matter too much, since it took forever to take our order and get our food out. When it did come out, the waitress failed to bring my wife silverware for her salad. I had enough time to completely finish my sandwich, while she was waiting. Finally, after about 30 minutes, I went up and stole some silverware from the bar for her. The food itself wasn't that bad - average - but the service and atmosphere were terrible. I heard that the food court at Silver Creek is awful too. So if you're hungry, avoid eating at Silver Creek - take the shuttle to The Village and enjoy some decent food and service. Dining anywhere at Snowshoe overpriced, so you might as well enjoy it.
Brandi's Restaurant and Pub, located in the Inn at Snowshoe, is about the only dining option at the base of the mountain (there is a bar and Subway across the street from the hotel). In the mornings, they have a complimentary breakfast buffet for hotel guests. The breakfast buffet was pretty good with hot and cold options. Occasionally, they'd run out of something and it would take a while to restock, but about everyone hits the restaurant at the same time in the morning before hitting the slopes, so not surprising that they run out of stuff when so crowded. We ate here once for dinner, dining in the pub. Food and service were OK, nothing great, but not terrible either. The best dining options at Snowshoe are at The Village, but I'd eat here again.
The shuttle service is a free service to get around Snowshoe Resort and to get from the Inn up to the top of the mountain and back. From the Inn, a shuttle departs from the Inn to Silver Creek on the half-hour and departs from Silver Creek to the Inn on the hour. Additional shuttles run between the different areas on top of the mountain. There is a map with the different lines and where they service that is provided upon check-in. It's a free and really convenient way to get around since driving can be treacherous in the snow and there isn't a lot of parking. The shuttle drivers are nice as well - Ed talked to us for a while giving us tips about skiing and equipment and telling us about the region.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County is located in a federally-designated quite zone. The nearby National Radio Astronomy Observatory is located nearby and excessive cell phone/wireless signal in the vicinity will hamper the observatory's research. Therefore, cell signal is very limited. Supposedly, AT&T has the best reception at the resort. My wife has AT&T and occasionally able to send and receive text messages, but was not able to make or receive calls. Of course, there's always the option of using land lines and while out on the slopes, some people use two-way radios to communicate back and forth. Just don't expect to be making a lot of calls on your phone.