Summer Resorts 2002-Southeast: Snowshoe Mountain, W.V.

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Snowshoe Mountain, W.V.

Tucked into the nearly million acres of the unspoiled Monogahela National Forest, Showshoe is a regional hub for family vacationers from Charleston and Roanoke, along with policy wonks fleeing the heat of Washington, D.C. Join the Georgetown smoothies on the elite Raven golf course or at The Taste of the Mountain's Wine and Jazz Fest in July.

Pocahontas County has the highest average elevation of any county east of the Mississippi and the headwaters of eight rivers, providing some of the finest mountain biking and trout fishing in the Southeast. Families can ride the Cheat Mountain Ridge Trail before graduating to the singletracks of the "24 Hours of Snowshoe" endurance race course. Convince your kids that you're still game by launching off the Eurobungy, climbing the rock wall or nailing Junior in a game of paint ball. When your body is spent, check out the Droop Mountain Civil War battlefield or the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope.

At day's end, tall cold inspiration awaits at the Junction, then strategize your next activities during a surprisingly sophisticated dinner at the Red Fox. As far as what's the deal with Buffo, the World's Strongest Clown? That's for you to find out. ¿G.D.

DON'T MISS Ride the National Championship mountain bike downhill course to get a feel for what the pros can handle. Squeeze your brakes, hard.

best deal One night at the Inn at Snowshoe and two rounds of golf at The Raven for $99 per person, double occupancy. 877-441-4386; www.snowshoemtn.com.