The 2013 OnTheSnow Visitors' Choice Award for Best Terrain in the Mid-Atlantic goes to the largest winter resort in the region: Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County. Its 57 trails and 251 acres are spread over three distinct areas of the mountain: Snowshoe Basin, Silver Creek and Western Territory. Snowshoe sees an average of 180 inches of snow a year, but snowmaking covers 100-percent of the terrain nevertheless. The terrain reaches a height of 4,848 feet with a 1,500-foot vertical drop. The Village of Snowshoe features high-quality lodging with Rimfire Lodge, Highland House, Allegheny Springs and the Senaca Lodge.
WHERE TO GO FOR BEGINNER TERRAIN: Snowshoe Basin has plenty of learning terrain for first-timers, like the Flume Trail system. Yew Pine is a half-mile long novice trail. Other popular beginner runs in Basin include Gangway, Log Slide, Camp Four and Powderidge. The Silver Creek ski area is home to Kids' World and the Snowshoe Ski & Snowboard School. For a taste of freestyle terrain, head to the the family-friendly Skill Builder Park in Silver Creek.
WHERE TO GO FOR INTERMEDIATE TERRAIN: In Snowshoe Basin, intermediates have a choice of great cruiser runs like Skipjack and Gandy Dancer. In Silver Creek, take the Cascade lift for a choice of three blue runs. Intermediate freestylers can head to the fun lines of Timberjack in Silver Creek.
WHERE TO GO FOR EXPERT TERRAIN: The Western Territory, with 1,500 feet of steeps to conquer, is home to the best and most advanced terrain in the region. Combine the legendary Cupp Run, designed by Olympian Jean-Claude Killy, and Shay's Revenge, with steeps of 52 percent. In Snowshoe Basin experts can enjoy bomber runs like Widowmaker, Choker and Knot Bumper. Mountaineer in Silver Creek is a large event park with huge features for advanced freestylers. Alternatively, Choker in Basin is a medium to large terrain park with big jumps and technical trails, perfect for those who want to step up their riding.