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Travel Notes: Nov. 24, 2013

By Staff reports
Snowshoe openingSNOWSHOE, W.Va. -- Snowshoe Mountain Resort has set Nov. 27 as its official opening for the 2013-14 winter ski and snowboard season, its 40th. The resort plans to open at least three lifts and about 10 trails the first day.Snowshoe will offer a third-night-free promotion for all guests checking in between Tuesday and Friday.For 2013-14, the resort said it will introduce a radical redesign of its teaching terrain to make it simpler to learn to ski and ride. The resort plans to launch two new Terrain Based Learning areas in mid-December.Also, Snowshoe is planning a birthday party weekend in December to celebrate its 40th year. Festivities include discounts on skiing and riding, dance and hot tub parties, on-snow games, costume contests and a live concert by the quintessential funk/soul artists of the 1970s and '80s, The Commodores.For more details about Snowshoe Mountain Resort lift tickets, packages, lodging information and reservations, visit or call 877-441-4386.Fairground flea marketFAIRLEA, W.Va. -- The West Virginia State Fairgrounds flea market is now operating inside the heated West Virginia building for the winter season.
Markets are held every Tuesday and Saturday with a special Christmas open house set Dec. 14. One-day setups for the Christmas open house are by reservation only.A variety of antiques, collectibles, gently worn clothing, electronics and more will be for sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Jim's Drive In operates the food concession for the indoor flea markets.Interested vendors should phone 304-645-1090 or visit to download a vendor application and rules. Applications may also be obtained in the West Virginia State Fair office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.December at PipestemPIPESTEM, W.Va. -- A weekend package of ballroom dancing with instructors Alicia Elam and Steve Prowse, of Charleston, will take place Dec. 13-15 at Pipestem State Park.The two-person package costs $218.48 and includes two nights' stay in the McKeever Lodge, dance instruction, Saturday dinner and open dances. The dance package without accommodations is $51 per person.Call 304-466-1800 for reservations and more information.
Also, the annual Christmas bird count for the Pipestem area will take place Dec. 14.The Nature Center observation site provides bird counting opportunities for any accessibility level and a good perch for watching. Several walks at various areas of the park are scheduled with naturalist Jim Phillips. The survey numbers are submitted to Cornell University Ornithology Laboratory.
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