Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is offering Kids Stay and Play Free weeks over prime school holidays in a deal we love. Why? Because this resort has committed to using the trademarked Terrain Based Learning program (learn more about it in our Top Mountain Resorts roundup) to teach beginner skiers and riders in two new terrain-based teaching parks.
Since last season, newcomers to the sport have used the gently rolling terrain, which naturally controls the student’s speed, to experience the sport’s natural progressions and excitement. The up-and-down, knees bent, balanced stance required to excel comes naturally as novices try each groomed station in this fun learning environment.
Now hear this – Snowshoe is not huge: 251 acres of skiable terrain, 1500 vertical feet, 57 trails, 4 terrain parks. It is a fun family getaway designed by Intrawest to maximize its off-slope offerings for the non-Olympians among you. As the mountain resort celebrates its 41st year, the Snowshoe Village has developed to offer ski-in/ski-out condo properties, retail, specialty shopping and dining. What’s fun for beginners here is that they’re located at the top rather than the base of the ski mountain, allowing everyone to enjoy the thrilling views of the Appalachian Mountains.
Within the village there’s a 20 Below Teen Center for live music, games, movies, sports, dance parties and texting, open to those under age 20. Kids like to spend their après ski time around the Split Rock swimming pools and water slide. There is also The Big Top indoor rec center with a climbing wall, an arcade and inflatables. Combined with the tubing hill and night skiing, these are just some of the activities on offer to keep kids busy.
Other family winter activities at Snowshoe include evening snowmobile tours, and the popular nighttime snow cat tour that gives guests a close-up look at the resort’s grooming and snowmaking operations and also a chance to look for Bigfoot. If that sounds too chilly, you can always cook at home, try one of the many restaurants in the village, or spend some time at the spa.
For the 2015 season, the “Kids Stay and Play Free” deal for kids 12 and under at Snowshoe includes a free child or junior lift ticket each day and a free Fun Pass giving your child access to the pools and the recreation zone.
To qualify, you must book a 4-night minimum stay during these select school breaks:
- February 15-19, 2015
- March 28-April 1, 2015
Each purchase allows one free child per paid parent or guardian, with lift tickets determined by the lodging reservation. In any case, kids 6 and under and those over 75 ski free at any time, and the resort is a good value all season long with kids’ lift tickets starting at $49/day.
Does skiing in West Virginia sound sketchy? They also offer a handy “Best Snow Guarantee” which means if you don’t find the most terrain open with the best conditions for skiing or riding, your next day on the slopes is free.
For more details about Snowshoe Mountain, visit Snowshoe Mountain online or call 877.441-4386.
This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.