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DAVIS, W.Va., August 2, 2016 – Canaan Valley Resort State Park in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains is doubling its snowmaking capacity this winter. Additionally, the resort plans to open it tubing park and ice skating rink Thanksgiving weekend as families gathering at the lodge and area homes seek fun, outdoor activities.

The resort will add snowmaking equipment and expand it water reserves to allow an earlier opening of many runs and trails, including the resort’s expert “Gravity” run.

“We are anticipating a banner year this winter as we will be ready early for holiday guests, even those who want to ‘defy Gravity’,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager of Canaan Valley Resort. “We will start by making snow at the tubing park in time for a Thanksgiving opening, and by our traditional mid-December opening we plan to have skiers and boarders using some 23 trails and slopes.”

Located in the highest mountain valley to the east of the Rocky Mountains, Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area is known for breathtaking views of the mountainous region. The ski resort has a summit elevation of 4,280 feet above sea level, 91 skiable acres, 47 trails and slopes, four lifts – one quad, two triples and a magic carpet, a terrain park and ski school.

Canaan Valley is known for its great beginner and advanced intermediate terrain, providing a perfect place for new skiers and boarders to learn. In 2012, the resort added Critters Crawl, a dedicated beginner instruction trail serviced by its own magic carpet. The resort’s ski school is a terrific option for beginners as well as skiers and riders looking to sharpen their skills. The school offers group and private lessons.

Last year the resort opened glade skiing trails, the latest of many offerings that appeal to the experienced ski crowd. The ski area also offers the challenging double black diamond Old Canaan Curve run and Dark Side of the Moon, a long run that travels along the eastern boundary of the ski area. The ski area also has a popular NASTAR (National STAndard Race) racing course for recreational skiers to test their skills under a universal handicapping system.

The resort is selling single season passes priced at $390 if purchased by Sept. 30, and $445 if purchased between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30. After that the season pass reaches the full rate of $500.

Children, college students, seniors and West Virginia residents will find additional savings.

Canaan Valley Resort is located in north central West Virginia approximately three hours from Pittsburgh, 2½ hours from Washington, D.C. and 2¾ hours from Charleston, W.Va.

The resort recently completed a massive two-year, $34 million renovation and new construction project that included construction of two wings featuring 160 guest rooms as well as renovation of public areas including the main lodge, gift shop and grab-and-go-café. All rooms feature oversized bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and in-room refrigerators.

DAVIS, W.Va., August 19, 2016 – Fresh off its announcement that it will double its snowmaking capacity this winter, Canaan Valley Resort State Park Ski Area in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains is purchasing $80,000 worth of new equipment for its skiers, boarders and skaters.

Cross country ski and snowshoe trails are found throughout the park.
Cross country ski and snowshoe trails are found throughout the park.

“With the increased snowmaking and additional inventory of an array of rental equipment, we are doing everything to ensure that the upcoming season is epic and memorable,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager of Canaan Valley Resort. “After our unseasonably mild temperatures last year, we know there is plenty of pent-up demand among skiers from throughout the East, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, and we are anxious to welcome them here with a memorable ski experience and great accommodations.”

Owned by the State of West Virginia and managed by U.S. Hotels & Resort Management, Inc., a Sioux Falls, S.D.-based hotel management company, Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area is a popular destination among skiers of all abilities.

In addition to its existing equipment, the resort’s rental shop will provide Elan downhill skis, snowboards and snow boots; Salomon downhill ski boots; Elan cross country skis, boots and poles; Evo snowshoes and Jackson Softec ice skates.

The new equipment complements the resort’s addition of 12 T40 snow guns which will double its snowmaking capacity. The hill opens in mid-December.

The resort is purchasing snowboards, skis and other equipment for the rental shop.
The resort is purchasing snowboards, skis and other equipment for the rental shop.

This year’s enhancements follow the opening of glade skiing areas in 2015, an addition that has proven to be exceptionally popular with the many experienced skiers who visit the resort.

Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area is located in the highest mountain valley to the east of the Rocky Mountains and is known for breathtaking views of the mountainous region. The ski resort has a summit elevation of 4,280 feet above sea level, 91 skiable acres, four lifts – one quad, two triples and a magic carpet, a terrain park and ski school. With 47 trails and slopes, the Critters Crawl beginner area – a dedicated beginner instruction trail serviced by its own magic carpet – and ski school for private and group lessons, Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area offers a memorable winter adventure for every skier and snowboarder.

Canaan Valley Resort is located in north central West Virginia approximately three hours from Pittsburgh, 2½ hours from Washington, D.C. and 2¾ hours from Charleston, WV.

The resort recently completed a massive two-year, $34 million renovation and new construction project that included construction of two wings featuring 160 guest rooms as well as renovation of public areas including the main lodge, gift shop and grab-and-go-café. All rooms feature oversized bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and in-room refrigerators.

Sunrise at Mills Overlook Smoky Mountain National Park - photo by Keneva Photography

Updated: August 25th:

Wow guys! We are 17 for 25 so far.

Without further ado, here’s the latest:

August 1st – As foggy as it gets. This is a great way to start our preseason. Reports from Beech, Banner Elk, and Valle Crucis all showed heavy fog.

August 2nd – Light fog (Nothing to write home about but my daughter walked into the office this morning saying, “Woohoo, two mornings in a row with fog!”)

August 3rd – Moderate to Heavy Fog! – This is a great start!

August 4th – Another foggy morning. I was surprised that it was foggy as it was rainy pretty steady, but the fog was pretty dense around Hound Ears this morning.

August 5th – Quite the heavy fog this morning. Members of my staff walked in the office sharing, “Five days in a row with Fog!”

August 6th – Light fog was reported around Valle Crucis

August 7th – No fog. Broke the string.

August 8th – Pretty dense fog this morning

August 9th – Correction! I worked all night in the office and just didn’t see any fog from my office window, but several people reported heavy fog in Blowing Rock.

August 10th – Foggy again. Not heavy, but pretty foggy.

August 11th – No Fog this morning…only blue skies and some low clouds hanging over the tops of some of the peaks up on Grandfather, Sugar, Beech, etc.

August 12th – Some early fog hung in the Valle Crucis area and on Hound Ears unfortunately accentuated due to the horrible fire at Valle Landing

August 13th – No Fog this morning. Gorgeous day in the High Country.

August 14th – No Fog this morning. Another beautiful day in the neighborhood!

2016-Aug-15-fogAugust 15th – Dense Fog this morning. One of the densest fogs of the month.

(The photo to the right is an image from this morning (August 15th).

We will keep you guys informed as we go through the month.

August 16th – Light fog…but it’s fog!

August 17th – Unquestionably the heaviest fog of the month. People were walking into our offices proclaiming things like, “I swear it’s been foggy every single morning this month.” Close…

August 18th – Light fog hung over portions of Hound Ears and the Valle Crucis area.

August 19th – Raining and kind of foggy but more rainy. Not counting it.

August 20th – No fog in our neck of the woods.

August 21st – Pretty Foggy about and about. Now we’re back on track!

August 22nd – It was very humid but not foggy. Oh well.

August 23rd – A light Fog hung over Foscoe and Hound Ears.

2016-Aug-25-fogAugust 24th – I was out of town but the word in the office was NO Fog this morning.

August 25th – I’m pretty certain this is/was the heaviest Fog of the month!

<<< Photo to the left of Thursday morning, Aug 25th.

 

Story began August 1st:

Here we go sports fans. I don’t know about you guys but August 1st always gets my juices flowing. College football coaches are gathering their troops for the first time for fall practice, which means that the first college football games are less than a month away. Every team is undefeated at this time of the year and even the most logical thinking fans who know that their teams are undermanned hold out hope for a Cinderella season.

August 1st is always the unofficial beginning of ski-thinking-season. I’ve already heard from Appalachian Ski Mountain’s Brad Moretz and I’d expect that ski area owners, managers and marketing crews will be coming out of their semi-summer-hibernation to begin setting the stage for another round of “Let’s Get the Most out of What the Weather Will Allow”. This will be the 63rd season of wringing out the most snow possible from whatever Winter offers for Wisp Resort in Maryland. Others in the region have been working the weather for five to six decades.

…and the 2016-2017 ski and snowboarding season will be 21st campaign  for yours truly (and SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com) of covering all of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic ski areas. Well technically we began by only covering North Carolina’s resorts and then “spidered out” to the rest of the territory in 1999 or 2000. We’re excited if for no other reason than the fact that this coming ski season will help erase the “yuck” that was 2015-2016. (I’ll save regurgitating that bit of history for another article.)

…and Today We’re Talking Fogs in August

I feel a little like the Phil Connors character in Groundhog Day where he’s seen revisiting Pennsylvania for the “umteenth time” and his seems to be bored rehashing the same old story over and over again. However. I can’t tell you how many of our readers prod me to “get to it” and keep everyone informed per “How many foggy mornings we’re seeing in the mountains.”

For those of you who are uneducated as to what all the fuss is about pertaining to foggy mornings in August – here are the basics.

According to folklore, “For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall during the subsequent winter season.”

More August folklore includes:

“If the first week in August is unusually warm, the coming winter will be snowy and long.”

“If a cold August follows a hot July, it foretells a winter hard and dry.”

While many of us in the 21st century may think weather lore is more whimsical that wise, it’s hard to discount all of these “natural forecasters,” especially when they prove to be true. But how could a saying that’s been passed down from sailor to farmer to business executive really predict the weather?!

While not all weather lore is accurate, there are many sayings that prove to be on the mark time and time again. When you examine weather lore, you realize that the basics of this weather predicting method are careful observations that have been made over many years. Weather lore relies on the notion that there is a strong cause-and-effect relationship between nature and the weather.

Bear with us as we’re sweeping some of the digital cobwebs from the website. We have some content to update and then we’ll begin reaching out to every resort to hear their latest news as to “What’s New for 2016-2017” in their world.

Last season we added more editorial help in terms of reporting around the region and we’re dedicated to pick up the pace even more so this season. So stay tuned and if you have some snow-loving friends, please share our websites with them. Be sure to invite them to begin checking us out at:

www.SkiSoutheast.com
www.ResortCams.com

Until Next Time – email me what’s on your mind. If it’s good, I’ll share it. [email protected]

 

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Liberty's Snowflex is the Only 'ski area' open until the Fall.

With Appalachian Ski Mountain pulling the plug on their season after Wednesday’s sessions they also officially put an end to a rather tough 2015-2016 ski and snowboarding season for all of the ski areas from Maryland to West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. The only skiing or snowboarding happening in the southeast or mid-Atlantic until maybe sometime in the Fall will be at Liberty University’s year-round Snowflex Centre. For those unaware, the “ski area” is located atop Liberty University’s serene 5,000-acre mountain. Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is the country’s premier point for year-round skiing and interestingly it has higher review ratings via TripAdvisor and Google reviews than most of our traditional ski areas.

Several months ago I posted some online reviews of the ski areas located in our coverage area and that prompted requests for more. I am always a little reluctant to post those kinds of things because we only HAVE (17) ski areas in our region and someone is always ranked the lowest…and that never sits all that well. The other reason is because most often there is very little difference in ratings from NUMBER ONE to NUMBER SEVENTEEN. However you guys asked so here are the ratings at season’s end.

I will say that all of the resorts graded favorably by visitors with slightly above average ratings for even those at the bottom of the list.

 

Here’s How the Ski Resorts Rank According to TripAdvisor and Google Customer Reviews

Canaan Valley Resort – 176 reviews – 4.5
Liberty Snowflex – 60 reviews – 4.5
Snowshoe Mountain – 584 reviews – 4.2
Appalachian Ski Mtn – 260 reviews – 4.2
Massanutten Resort – 283 reviews – 4.1
Homestead Resort – 165 reviews – 4.1
Bryce Resort – 108 reviews – 4.1
Cataloochee Ski Area – 364 reviews – 4.0
Wintergreen Resort – 156 reviews – 4.0
Wisp Resort – 234 reviews – 3.9
Timberline Resort – 143 reviews – 3.9
Sapphire Valley Resort – 47 reviews – 3.9
Winterplace Resort – 252 reviews – 3.8
Wolf Ridge Resort – 110 reviews – 3.7
Sugar Mountain Resort – 513 reviews – 3.5
Beech Mountain Resort – 120 reviews – 3.5
Ober Gatlinburg – 1905 reviews – 3.4

2016-mar-31-canaanFirst, congrats to Canaan Valley Resort for pulling the highest overall review ratings. Canaan is a four-season resort offering year-round fun for all ages. Ditto Snowshoe Mountain. They pulled about three times the number of reviews (than Canaan) which is a sign of their popularity.

The highest number of reviews came from Ober Gatlinburg in the Smokies. Most of the those reviews are probably from the year-round amusement park, zip lining, ice skating (year round) and the mountain coaster, shops, etc. Downtown Gatlinburg attracts more than eleven million visitors a year and can grow to a population of 40,000-plus on any given night. That is pretty amazing considering the fact that Gatlinburg is home to only 3,944 residents.

Per “approval ratings” Ober was the lowest overall rated resort in the region.

Appalachian Ski Mountain – which is a WINTER ONLY ski area was the highest rated ski area in North Carolina and the 3rd highest rated ski area of all of our traditional resort. Cataloochee was a close second. Sugar and Beech were ranked in the bottom three overall. I KNOW that stings a bit, but those two ski areas arew ALSO the most visited ski areas in the state as well. Both resorts are heavily weighted for Winter activities, but Beech has really upped their game over the last few summers offering mountain bike terrain and more.

My skiMail INBOX would provide a strong debate against those TripAdvisor and Google review ratings as Beech and Sugar certainly get a lot of rave reviews and comments from our readers and conversely I have to say that I receive more complaint emails about Wolf Ridge than any ski area in the region.

ALL of the Virginia and Maryland ski resorts are ranked right in the middle of the pack and they ALL rank right at 4.0 ratings which is pretty impressive. Interestingly all of the resorts are four-season resorts offering as much or more to do in the Summer as they do in the winter. In fact, Wisp Resort in Garrett County, Maryland attracts more visitors in the summer than they do each winter. Having a location just three hours from Baltimore and the Washington D.C. area and two hours from Pittsburgh will do that for you.

Although the ratings are pretty close from top to bottom – they ARE what they are and our readers might rate things slightly different. Overall, even the lowest rated ski areas scored a “slightly above average” score. Most rated “VERY GOOD” and of course, anything from a 4.0 or above is VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT.

Perhaps WE should setup a RATINGS tabulator on SkiSoutheast.com and invite our readers to chime in with their opinions. If I were a betting man I’d say that with only an exception or two…we’d probably see much the same results. Hmmm…maybe we’ll do that.

 

TIS THE SEASON FOR CATCHING A BREATH AND READYING FOR NEXT SEASON

The mountain ops crews for ALL of our ski resorts will no doubt take a day or so (really not long at all) to catch their breath and assess this past season. Those resorts like Canaan, Snowshoe, Homestead, Wintergreen, Wisp, and Ober are already transitioning from ski to golf, hiking, biking, whitewater, horseback riding, etc. However they and the rest are certainly taking a moment to review the numbers and make note of things that need tweaking to be ready for NEXT SEASON.

I’m certain that this past season’s numbers will have SOME effect on how much monies they will be able to spend on upgrades and anything new. Those plans were all mapped out weeks and months ago (and in some cases years ago) and now they’ve got about 6-7 months to bring those plans to fruition.

We too will take some time to chill (and devote to our real jobs) and then we’ll try to put our resources to work a little earlier than in previous years to bring you news of anything and everything that is NEW at each of our ski resorts for NEXT SEASON. We’ll update you on that kind of news as we get it all Summer long. We will also be doing something that we haven’t done in years and that is – we will attempt to get you some histories of each of the ski areas; how they got started and how the ‘trip has been over the years.

2015-nov-18-newsletterWith that in mind, the BEST WAY TO KEEP UP WITH NEWS DURING THE SUMMER so that you don’t miss anything is to SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER. We don’t post frequently in the off-season but when we do we will email you so that you’ll know to stop in for an update.

We hope that we’ve brought even a little of added flavor to this past season. I’ll say it one last time – it was the pits. Hopefully the 2016-2017 season will be one to remember for lots of cold and snow.

Until next time.

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Appalachian Ski Mountain ends the 2015-2016 Ski and Snowboarding Season Wednesday, March 30th, 2016.

2016-mar-30Okay so they didn’t make it to Saturday, April 2nd but they COULD HAVE. They DID go three days longer than any other ski area in the region. In fact, Appalachian Ski Mountain is/was the only open ski resort south of New York and before I receive a bunch of emails claiming that’s not a big deal – consider this: There are (39) ski areas south of New York state.

Only ONE is open today.

Appalachian Ski Mtn.’s final day of the 2015-16 season will be today, Wednesday, March 30. They will be operating with 8 of 12 slopes open on Wednesday, from 9am-6pm.

I received a couple of emails about App being the only ski area open on Tuesday and they kind of summed up what a lot of people “in the know” would think.

Joseph B from Statesville wrote, “I see appalachian is open today and things don’t look too bad. I just wonder why they’re open cause every time I look at the cameras there’s noone on the mountain. I’d be surprised if they stay open all week.”

Jack Smart (not sure where from) wrote, “I thought you’d get a kick out of a conversation that a buddy and me had yesterday. I told him that we ought to go ride today and he took a look at the webcameras and said DANG, APP LOOKS BETTER TODAY THAN SOME SKI RESORTS LOOKED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON.”

That was a good prediction from Joseph as App is indeed closing after today’s session and you can bet that it is definitely due to a lack of ticket sales and not the lack of snow. App could push some snow around and make it to April 2-3rd if they wanted.

Per Jack’s comments – unfortunately it WAS a crap season although if you look at things with a ‘glass half full’ mentality – we did get two good months of REALLY good conditions. It was definitely a season that could be described as a tale of two halves with half the season being pretty poor. The first quarter was almost non-existent; the middle two quarters (half) was really snowy, cold and awesome; and the last quarter was a challenge that saw many ski areas closing earlier than usual.

I’m not sure that we’ll ever get a straight answer out of any of the ski area’s bean counters as to just where this season ranks in terms of skier visits, profits and losses – but suffice to say that this season will not be in the top ten best. That is for certain.

…and for the LAST TIME this season…

As I was driving in this morning my Vail Alerts App went off (again) sharing the fact that Vail received 5″ of snow in the last 24 hours. Beaver Creek saw another 6″. I was thinking to myself how appropriate would it be to have one of those alerts go off as I was preparing to do THE LAST snow report and FirsTrax post of the season. If course I was THINKING that the last day was going to be this Saturday as App HAD planned to be open through Saturday.

Then I got the message that App decided to pull the plug on things later today.

SO – indeed it happened. It happened all November and December. As we were struggling for cold air and snow, it was dumping out west. Today, as we crawl to a season-ending halt – we get another kick in the groin as we’re figuratively now “down for the count”.

Seems apropos.

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