I was at Snowshoe over the weekend and the snow was awesome. Heavy fresh snow on Saturday (not powder by any means, but I still skied it like powder!) and nice groomed on Sunday. If you can hit SS on a weekday with good snow, it's a pretty good place. However, it gets way too crowded on weekends, has a lot of dangerous moron skiers/riders, and is way too expensive for what you get. The terrain is OK, but many of the trails are flat for the lower 1/3-1/2 of their length which is lame. Western territory is better, but those trails can get crowded and skied off pretty quick (in fact, I often feel like I waste my time crossing the street to get over there). Despite the higher altitudes, SS is nowhere near as good as a good VT ski area like Sugarbush. They just don't have the vertical, the trail length, or the terrain.
On Sunday, we skied Silver Creek, and I loved it. Despite being much smaller than Snowshoe, I think it's a better ski area. The snow was great, there were no crowds, and I found a couple trails that were gems (like Flying Eagle -- it was really spectacular with all the recent snowfall). In the future, I will definitely spend more time at Silver Creek and less time at Snowshoe.
I'm hoping to hit Wintergreen VA this week and as many more times as possible before they close on the 27th (get more out of my season pass!). I'd like to visit Snowshoe/Silver Creek one more time too.
Back to the original topic -- we were also worried about the forecast for rain out there, but arrived in a heavy snowstorm Friday night and it snowed all day Saturday (wet snow, but not rain!!). So, definitely expect snow out there when the temps are borderline. Because of the altitude and location, Snowshoe is always likely to get snow when surrounding areas (including Elkins where the weather observations are made) are slated for rain. After worrying about rain, we were treated by some great snow so it turned out to be a great weekend.