Skiing in the valley means a choice of over 74 slopes and trails, six 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!
Snowboarders love both areas. Both resorts offer phenomenal terrain parks and schedule a full menu of snowboarding events. Both Canaan Valley and Timberline offer ample rental equipment and certified instructors willing to teach the techniques.
There’s backcountry “aplenty” to explore! Tours and rentals are available at four cross-country centers — White Grass Ski Touring Center and the Nordic Centers at Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline. Some centers provide maps, lessons and tour guides. For those who love to “howl at the moon,” White Grass Ski Touring offers full- moon touring (weather permitting!). Most of these touring areas also carry the newest snowshoes.
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 4,200 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 160 inches (that’s over 13 feet!).
Your family can enjoy Airboarding, the newest on-snow activity that is great for kids of all ages! Speed around on the mountain on steerable inflated “sleds”. This area is one of the few in the East that offers Airboards!