Snowshoe Mountain Resort charges into the best part of the season with 60 slopes and 244 acres of terrain, including a halfpipe and four terrain parks, open for skiing and riding.

The resort recently opened its final slope, Lower Shay's, a double black diamond - the first time since 2006-07 that Lower Shay's has been open.

It's also the first season in the last four winters that the halfpipe has been open.

Both are a sign of just how good this winter is, thanks to great snowmaking conditions and natural snowfall of more than 11 feet.

Skiers and riders will find more than 25 rails, boxes, jumps and other features at Snowshoe's four terrain parks, as well as a wide variety of free skiing at the resorts' three distinct areas - Snowshoe Basin, Silver Creek and the Western Territory.

Already this season more than 154 inches of natural snow has fallen at Snowshoe, including more than 3 feet in January. In addition to the natural snowfall, Snowshoe's snowmaking team has been making snow nearly around the clock through the heart of winter.

The 154 inches of snow that have fallen so far this year is just half an inch less than the resort saw all of last season.

Snowshoe also has some great deals available right now, including a new Third Night Free offer. Book two or more nights through March 1, during a non-holiday period, and your third night is on Snowshoe. The offer starts at $302 per person for three nights of lodging, three days of lift tickets and free day of arrival lift tickets. But you must hurry to take advantage of this great deal; the offer expires Feb. 13.