A Winter Paradise Close To Home!

Skiing in the valley means a choice of over 80 slopes and trails, seven lifts, a terrain and tubing park at two West Virginia ski resorts, Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Timberline Four Seasons Resort. Timberline boasts the longest run in the Southeast — the two-mile-long Salamander Run. Canaan Valley’s tubing hill is a hit with kids of all ages!

Skiers have been coming to Canaan Valley and Timberline since the early ’50s. Why? From November to April it’s not uncommon to see the valley blanketed in snow. Canaan Valley’s legendary weather patterns are directly attributed to its elevation and geographical location. With summit elevations jutting over 4,260 feet from the 3,200 foot valley floor and its location directly in the path of winter Nor’easters, Canaan Valley is guaranteed a lot of snow! Most years the annual average stacks up to over 160 inches (that’s over 13 feet!).

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Canaan Valley Resort State Park

Canaan Valley • 800-622-4121

At Canaan Valley Resort, your winter recreation and relaxation options are plentiful. Downhill skiers of all levels will love the 43 slopes at our West Virginia ski lodge – complete with a vertical drop of 850 feet. Enjoy snowboarding, skiing, and snowtubing. Engage in wonderful family fun while ice skating and take advantage of the wide range of winter activities here!

Timberline Four Seasons Resort

Canaan Valley • 800-SNOWING

With a vertical rise of 1,000 feet, you’ll enjoy some of the longest runs in the South (as long as 2 miles). And because their 37 slopes and trails are evenly divided among easiest, intermediate and expert terrain, skiers of all abilities will find plenty of great ways to get to the bottom!

Cross Country and More!

White Grass Touring Center and Cafe

Canaan Valley • 304-866-4114

White Grass has been offering cross country skiing, snowshoeing and telemarking for more than 30 years. They take pride in maintaining their 50 kilometers of trail system. They specialize in snow farming and offer 25-30 kilometers of groomed trails. Lessons are available for all levels and specialties. Rentals are available for all types of cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Check out their event schedule for guided cross country tours and snowshoeing, along with full moon night tours. Stop in their café while you’re there and you’ll enjoy a delicious meal on the mountain.

Blackwater Falls State Park

P.O. Drawer 490 • Davis, WV 26260 • 304-259-5216

During the winter months the park offers over ten miles of trails for the beginner to the experienced cross country skier. Many of the trails are groomed and maintained specifically for XC skiing. A full service XC ski center offers ski lessons and equipment rental.

Looking for a new sledding experience? The sledding hill at the park is one-quarter mile long, well-groomed and maintained for sledding specifically. This hill also offers a one-of-a-kind tow rope to the top, available on weekends. Sleds are available for rent at the XC ski center.The Sled Run & Cross Country Ski Center are open from mid-December through March 15th.

Don’t forget to check out the falls. Covered in snow and ice, they are beautiful to see in the winter.