Things to Do: Snowshoe Vacation with a Toddler
This past Christmas, we traveled to Snowshoe, WV with my husband’s family. Though our 1.5 year old was a little too young to enjoy the slopes, we still had a fun trip!
If you’re planning to travel to Snowshoe with toddler in tow, here’s some tips to make the most of your vacation.
- Big Top- filled with inflatable bounce houses, arcade games, a rock climbing wall and more, the Big Top is a great hang out for kids of all ages. Our daughter enjoyed the toddler area they had set up with a mini push roller coaster and slide set. The best part is, admission is free as long as you’ve signed a liability waiver.
- Split Rocks Pool- This indoor/outdoor pool combo is a great place to take a break from the cold. The heated indoor pool has a small water slide and zero entry pool. Our princess was able to walk through the water on her own and loved that it was shallow enough to touch the bottom in most places. If staying at a Snowshoe resort, entry is free. If not it’s $15/person (kids under 7 are free). They provide towels and a heated locker room for convenience.
- The Village- The Snowshoe Village was full of shops (including a kids equipment and toy store), restaurants and fun photo op spots. It is also accessible from the slopes which meant we could meet daddy for lunch with ease.
- Special Events- Be sure to check out the events calendar for the dates you plan to travel. Snowshoe hosts several kids movies, craft times and activities specifically for young children .
- Play in the Snow- Although it didn’t “snow” during our trip, there is man made snow that is easily accessible from several points. We visited four different places where our daughter could play in the snow without being in the way of skiers.
Extra Tips for first time visitors!
- Snowshoe will rent skiing equipment to kids as young as 3 and provides childcare (for an additional fee) for kids under 3.
- Snow tubing is another fun activity but requires all participates to be at least 4 years old. It had rained the day we went snow tubing and they actually let us “try it” before purchasing tickets since the run is slower when rainy and not so cold. Snow tubing also has preset 2 hour increments so be sure to check that out before heading over there!
- Bring plenty of baby/toddler snacks as they only have ONE convenient store and prices are much higher on the mountain.
- There is not a Walmart or Target for 1.5 hrs! Make your packing list and check it twice
- Busing is available and parking is free at the top of the mountain for non resort guests. Buses run every 15 minutes (or so) and are pretty quick! Parking at Silver Creek to ski at the bottom section of the mountain is $10/economy parking and $20/preferred parking. They do accept cards.
- Consider bringing baby proofing supplies (outlet covers, baby gate for stairs, etc) if you plan to stay somewhere for the week, it will save your sanity!
- There’s a gorgeous photo spot at the top of the mountain near the free parking area. It’s just to the right and has a nice little area to pull off for a breathtaking view and beautiful family pic!