"We're having an awesome start to the year," said Bill Rock, Snowshoe president and general manager. "It's the best I've seen in my career, and I've been in the business awhile, including in Colorado and Vermont.

"We've already had over 63 inches of natural snow. We opened a week early, and we're very excited to get going, particularly with that snow," Rock said.

Thanksgiving weekend business was up 50 percent over last year, which overall was the area's second consecutive record year, Rock said. A good year for Snowshoe is 450,000 skier visits, although the area has in the past reported 550,000, he said.

"The amount of snow we've received and the job that our snowmaking team has done is truly incredible. Our team has worked extremely hard to allow us to open early, and Mother Nature couldn't have timed this epic storm any better. We're thrilled to offer some of the best early season conditions ever at Snowshoe," he said.

Snowshoe Mountain, located in Pocahontas County, is the largest winter resort in the Mid-Atlantic. Two black diamond trails make up an area called The Western Territory, boasting a 1,500 foot vertical drop, 60 percent pitch, and 1.5 miles of length. Two distinct mountains are skiable on one lift ticket.

The Village of Snowshoe features high quality lodging with Rimfire Lodge, Highland House, Allegheny Springs, and the Seneca Lodge. Skiers and snowboarders will find 15 acres of expanded terrain at the Snowshoe area of the resort. Yew Pine is a half-mile long novice trail. Snowshoe, cross country ski, or take a snowmobile out to the fire tower on the eastern ridge.