West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort Goes Wild and Wonderful with Annual Wild Thing Weekend

The spectator-friendly pond jump is a favorite Wild Thing Weekend event.
The spectator-friendly pond jump is a favorite Wild Thing Weekend event.

DAVIS, W. Va., February 26, 2016 – A frozen T-shirt contest, pond jump and saucer race are among the fun and family-friendly events set for Canaan Valley Resort’s annual Wild Thing Weekend, Saturday – Sunday, March 5-6.

Staged at the Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area and now in its 18th year, the popular weekend includes live entertainment, contests, races and prizes. With the exception of the Sunday rail jam, which has a $10 entry fee, the event is free and open to the general public.

“Wild Thing Weekend is a celebration of the Canaan Valley Resort ski culture, and it is just plain fun for the whole family,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager of Canaan Valley Resort. “Everyone is welcome to show off their silly side.”

Saucer races are popular with kids.
Saucer races are popular with kids.

A highlight of the event is the pond jump, staged on Saturday at 1 p.m. The resort creates a spectator-friendly pond, and skiers, snowboarders and tubers try to jump it without getting soaked. Another favorite is the frozen T-shirt contest. The first competitor to unravel and put on a T-shirt that has been frozen into a ball wins the prize. For little ones there are big foot, saucer and lollipop races, all with a minimum age of four.

A pond-jumper is about to make a splash.
A pond-jumper is about to make a splash.

The fun continues into the evening at the main lodge with a free falconry presentation at 7 p.m. and live entertainment in the resort’s Laurel Lounge starting at 8 p.m. featuring Merrill’s High Altitude Funck.

The event lineup is available online or by calling 304-866-4121, ext. 2678.

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.

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