Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area to Open Advanced Runs This Weekend; Earliest Opening Ever of Gravity

DAVIS, W. Va., December 14, 2016 – Thanks to the combination of significantly increased snowmaking abilities and several days of chilly temperatures, Canaan Valley Resort skiers can defy Gravity (#DefyGravity) – the ski area’s most advanced run – this weekend. Also this weekend, the ski area will open two other advanced runs – Lower Canaan Curve and Upper Spruce – bringing its early-season skiable terrain to 13 slopes and trails.

The ski area in north central West Virginia opened on Dec. 10 with eight trails including the popular 1¼-mile Timber Trail, and with a 12-inch to 24-inch base and packed powder.

Early season conditions have benefited from cold northern air blowing into the valley.
Early season conditions have benefited from cold northern air blowing into the valley.

This is the earliest in the season that Gravity has been open, at least as far as long-time staff and general manager Steve Drumheller can remember. It is also easily the earliest in the resort’s 45-year history that so many trails and slopes have been opened with man-made snow.

“We could not have picked a better year to double our snowmaking capacity with a couple of welcome blasts of cold air coming to us from the north,” said Drumheller. “Our highly caffeinated mountain staff has been working around the clock to get the mountain skier-ready, and the skiers who hit the mountain last weekend were clearly appreciative of their efforts.”

The resort’s ice skating rink is also open, and the cross-country ski area will open by the holiday weekend – or earlier, if conditions permit.

The resort’s open runs and other slope conditions are listed on the website.

Canaan Valley Resort crews have been spent many late nights producing snow.
Canaan Valley Resort crews have been spent many late nights producing snow.

Snowmaking and other improvements
Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, Canaan Valley Resort made major ski area enhancements this year including the addition of equipment that doubled the resort’s snowmaking capacity; purchasing new downhill and cross country skis, snowboards and ice skating rental equipment; and creating a new out-of-bounds cross country ski trail on the back side of the mountain.

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

To reserve accommodations, visit or call 1-800-622-4121.

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Kenny Griffin
Kenny grew up in Concord, NC, which is right outside of Charlotte. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2010 with a degree in meteorology and joined Ski Southeast immediately thereafter. In addition to his Appnet duties, he helps with day to day operations of Ski Southeast and is also in charge of our sister site, In his own words... "I discovered this website a few years back and visit it on a daily basis. I lurked on the messageboard for a while before becoming actively involved and have met some very cool people because of it. Needless to say, I am VERY stoked to be a part of the team and I think I have a unique insight into what people want from the site seeing as I used to be on the outside looking in. I'm sure some people who are reading this have seen me on the mountain before. I am frequently at Beech Mountain and it’s not hard to spot me, as I usually have a camera on my head. I love to document my days on snow and have posted some videos on the messageboard before. If you ever see me out there, feel free to say hey!" You can email Kenny directly at [email protected]