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Wednesday, November 22, 2000 -- Snowshoe, WV
Snowshoe Mountain Opening Day
Story and photos by Don Parks

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Dawn of the 2000/2001 Ski Season
It was the time for giving thanks, and a few of the lucky iPlayOutside staff had every reason to be thankful. On Tuesday, November 21st, the eve of opening day for the new season, we arrived at the summit of West Virginia's largest winter resort, Snowshoe Mountain.

The trip that night took a little longer than usual as the drive brought us through a constant snow that forced us to be extra careful as we made the drive into Pocahontas County. The night was unseasonably cold and the blanket of fresh snow made it seem much more like mid-winter than late fall. But, knowing that we would be skiing and snowboarding the next morning, on what would certainly be marvelous conditions, had our blood pumping hot with anticipation.

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The first run of the season
The morning arrived with a marvelous sunrise and clear crisp skies. We bundled up and grabbed our board (or boards) of choice and headed to the slopes.

As we stepped to the edge of the slopes, it was no doubt that all the news we had heard was true. Mother Nature had hammered the mountain for the last two days with 10 inches of snowfall. The cold weather had allowed the snowmakers to produce additional snow for over 170 more hours (that's 30 million gallons of water transformed to snow!) The result, the most available terrain for opening day in the resort's 27-year history.

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A perfect start to the year
The crowds gathered as the official 8:30am opening time grew near. As time seemed to crawl, everyone gazed at the wonderfully groomed slopes spreading down the mountain. Soon we'd all be carving down the mountain working up an appetite for the carving of the Thanksgiving bird that would follow the next day.

Finally, the ropes were dropped and one after another smiling face went gliding down the virgin slopes. With the sun shining all day long, and six lifts already in operation, it was just the first of what would be a day packed with run after run after run...

Snowshoe will continue to open new terrain as we head into winter, be sure to check snowshoemtn.com (or call 304-572-4636) for all the latest news.