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.