West Virginia Ski Season Begins This Week

West Virginia Ski Season Begins This Week

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Charleston, WV – Skiers and snowboarders will be heading to the mountains of West Virginia this week as the first downhill area will be opening for the 2013/2014 season.  Snowshoe Mountain is planning to open this Wednesday, November 27, kicking off their 40th season with at least 3 lifts and about 10 trails for opening day.

The other alpine areas in the state, Canaan Valley, Timberline, Oglebay and Winterplace are all planning to open for the season the early part of December. Officials with Winterplace indicate the mountain may open early due to favorable weather conditions.

Wintergreen SkiingThe recent cold temperatures throughout the mountains of West Virginia have allowed the resort’s snowmakers to work around the clock covering the slopes for skiing and snowboarding.  For the latest conditions go towww.goskiwv.com.

“The skiers and snowboarders here for the Thanksgiving holiday are going to be pleased with the amount of snow we are opening up with,” says Dave Dekema, Snowshoe Mountain’s Marketing Director. “We are also expecting natural snow this week so that will help the conditions.” 

The snowmakers at all of the state’s ski resorts can produce manmade snow whenever temperatures permit, allowing the industry’s unsung heroes to cover the slopes for skiers and snowboarders.  When snowmaking conditions are at their best (in the low teens), over 20,000 tons of snow is being produced in West Virginia per hour, enough snow to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour

Canaan SkiingThe mountain state’s resorts annually attract over 800,000 skier visits, and last year that figure was reached.  “It’s great to open for the season, all of the resorts are ready for the skiers and snowboarders,” says Terry Pfeiffer, President of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and President of Winterplace. The top states providing skiers and snowboarders visiting West Virginia slopes are Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida. 

The ski and snowboard season traditionally, weather permitting, continues from Thanksgiving through early April. The five-month long ski season in West Virginia has an estimated economic impact of over $250 million and 5,000 jobs at the resorts and other related companies.  For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia go on-line at www.goskiwv.com

Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 2800 articles promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. While attending to the thousands of emails, photo submissions and On-Snow reports that come in all season long, Doble also owns and operates a full service web design and marketing company that has more than 800 clients in 30+ states and several countries. He shares that it was his passion for all things snow that prompted him to start the ski network and since that time the website has gained popularity through it's webcam and weather content as well. Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid snow and water skier, football freak of his alma mater (the University of South Carolina) and hearty promoter of all that is Western North Carolina to West Virginia and Maryland. Mike spends his off time with his horses, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!

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