Three snow storms have hit Snowshoe Mountain Resort already this fall, as the resort heads toward a planned opening the day before Thanksgiving.
Forecasts called for steady rain last week but temperatures dropped below freezing and snow fell throughout the day and overnight, leaving several inches on the ground.
It won't last of course, but resort operators are hoping it's a harbinger of a long, cold, snowy winter.
Snowmaking is set to begin Nov. 1 and opening is set for Nov. 24.
Snowshoe is often the first resort in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast to see natural flakes and to begin snowmaking efforts.
Summit elevation is 4,848 feet above sea level, and averages 180 inches of snowfall a year.
Last season the resort saw its first snowfall Oct 18, and received 231 inches overall, including more than 100 inches in February.
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.
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