6 Reasons Why Silver Creek Ski Area is the Hidden Gem of Cheat Mountain

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Nestled on the Eastern side of Cheat Mountain, just 3 miles from the Snowshoe Village, sits the hidden gem that is Silver Creek Ski Area. There are many things that add to the magic of Silver Creek but we’ve narrowed it down to our top 6. Those that get it, get it. And those that don’t, we’ll you’re about to.

1. A Variety of Beginner-Friendly Trails

If you’re a first-time skier or boarder, there’s no better place to find your snow legs than the beginner-friendly terrain at Silver Creek. The 5 green trails instill confidence in beginners with a great sequence of progression to build on your new skills.

Start in the beginner area to gain some confidence on your skis or board, work your way up to Cubb Run, then add in Can’t Hook and Knife Blade. We bet you’ll be “woo-hooing” down Green Horn or Robertson’s and ready to tackle some blues before you know it. Not to mention, the Silver Creek slopes are generally less crowded than the Basin trails which offers a more comfortable experience for beginners.

2. Legendary Night Skiing

This one doesn’t need much explanation. Skiing under the stars just hits different.

The slopes of Silver Creek are open until 9:00pm daily through March 17, 2024.* Night skiing is accessible to anyone with a Snowshoe daily lift ticket or season pass (including Snowshoe Unlimited, Silver Creek, and Ikon Pass holder) with no extra ticket required.

*Weather Dependent

3. Mid-Week Rope Drop at 12:00pm

Who says you can’t catch a few extra “zzz’s” AND get first tracks on the same day? Life is short, we say have your cake and eat it too. Start your day the leisurely way and then head over to Silver Creek for rope drop at 12:00pm, Monday – Thursday.

*Excludes Holiday Monday’s of January 15th and February 19th, 2024.

4. Free Shuttles & Free Parking

If you’re not staying at Silver Creek Lodge, no problem. Hop on one of our free shuttles that stop at any of the bus stops on the mountaintop. Our friendly drivers will drop you off slope-side for an easy-breezy experience.

If you’d prefer to drive, that’s cool too. Silver Creek offers free parking just a short walk from the slopes and the lodge.

5. Historically Shorter Lift Lines

Those who already know this may be a little upset that we’re letting the cat out of the bag, but it’s well-known with our regular guests that lift lines are generally shorter and slopes are less crowded at Silver Creek than anywhere else on the mountain, no matter the day of the week. Do yourself a favor – get more runs in and enjoy some extra elbow room at the Creek.

6. Family Fun Zone

If you’re looking for family or group activities on the mountain, you’ve come to the right place. Silver Creek Lodge hosts The Bear’s Den activity center inside and the Coca-Cola Tubing Park outside.

Located on the second floor of Silver Creek Lodge, The Bear’s Den is our certified family-fun headquarters. We guarantee there’s something for everyone in your group to enjoy: axe throwing, arcade games, corn hole, billiards, and our newest attractions – the Gryo Extreme and Aero Board. Not to mention they serve up some tasty food so that you can grab a bite to eat in between playing.

The Coca-Cola Tubing Park is our 6-story, 8-lane, belly-laugh-inducing idea of a good time. Kids and kids-at-heart of all ages are guaranteed to have fun the second they step on the hill. And once the sun goes down, we crank it up a notch. Techno-colored lights illuminate the sky and bumpin’ music adds to the already fun ambiance – we call it Galactic Tubing. To guarantee your spot on the tubing hill, we recommend booking in advance.

Bonus Point:

Due to it’s position on the mountain and the multitude of forested land surrounding the slopes, Silver Creek is historically less windy than the Basin or Western Territory. That means on those especially brisk days, you can beat the breezes by heading down to the Creek.

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