Here are a couple threads that may help. The new trails....http://www.snowshoemtn.com/mountain/...0607/index.htm
Coming from Michigan, probably Hidden Valley, NY, or 7-Springs, PA are closer, quality of skiing is comparible.
Canaan Valley is pretty weak in my opinion. Timberline can be fun if the conditions are good. There are some runs they leave ungroomed.
I ski at Snowshoe more than other places these days. Intrawest has made it a burden these days. In my opinion they have made it difficult for locals/day skiers to park. They seem to cater to those staying on the mountain. The "base" is at the top of the mountain. The lodge at snowshoe is at the geographic base. So, you have to drive or take a shuttle to the top. Silver Creek is right next door. There is a shuttle that runs in between Silver Creek and Snowshoe.
Cupp run and Shay's revenge are the most challege on any given day. Lower Shays revenge is often left ungroomed. There are a couple terrain parks at Snowshoe and Silver Creek. See Map.
Cupp run was designed by Jean Claude Killy. Most of the races at Snowshoe are held here.
If you can, avoid holidays, and weekends. The middle week is the best time and best deals. Some participating Exxon stations offer a deal on (free) lift tickets. If you get 5 fill ups of 10 gallons or more, between certain dates, and the free coupons from the station.
hope this helps, If you need a 'guide' I might be able to accomodate.
Oh and almost everything is new there now. They tore down Spruce Lodge. Sniff.