[R407R, Snowshoe Mountain Resort] in West Virginia is offering snowcat tours this winter to give guests a glimpse of the mountain after dark.

Snowcats operate daily, taking people out onto the slopes in the heated cab of a specialized groomer, for a guided tour of the trails and history of Snowshoe Mountain.

The tours offer an up-close look at snowmaking and grooming, with a visit to the Snowshoe Compressor House, the heart of snowmaking operations, where the resort's veteran snowmakers explain the science and art of turning water into snow.

Tours set out from the Outdoor Adventure Village Outpost next to the Shavers Center.

They run daily, and cost $39 per seat, $19 for kids on laps, and $55 to ride shotgun. On holidays the per seat prices is $44.

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.

More information. Or call 877-441-4386.