Golf, Sporting Clay Shooting and Skiing Available at Canaan Valley Resort During the Holidays

Canaan Valley Resort's back nine will reopen December 23 for two weeks.
Canaan Valley Resort’s back nine will reopen December 23 for two weeks.

DAVIS, W.Va., December 22, 2015 – West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort will reopen the back nine of its golf course during the Christmas/New Year’s holidays from Dec. 23, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016, weather permitting.

Additionally, the resort will reopen its sporting clay range Dec. 26.

Several solid days of snowmaking resulted in the resort’s ski hill opening Dec. 19 in time for holiday guests to try out their new skis.

“We have found that ‘sweet spot’ where the weather has been warm enough to reopen nine holes for golf while we still have skiers making turns on the hill,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager of the resort. “With the forecast for daytime temperatures to be high enough to hit the links, we figured our holiday guests would like more activity options.”

The championship golf course was designed by Geoffrey Cornish, is rated four stars by Golf Digest and was named one of the top 10 courses in West Virginia. The course features four sets of tees, and the regular greens will be open during this two-week “bonus season.”

The ski hill opened for the season December 19.
The ski hill opened for the season December 19.

Rates are $20 per person for nine holes with a cart, and $29 per person for those who want to make a second circuit and get in 18 holes. The driving range and practice green will be open as well. Some retail and food will be available, and hours will be 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily.

The resort’s newest outdoor activity is clay shooting with various packages providing shells, pigeons, safety equipment and instruction. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-304-866-4121, ext 92612.

 Sporting clay shooting is the resort's newest outdoor activity.
Sporting clay shooting is the resort’s newest outdoor activity.

Located in Canaan Valley State Park, the resort recently completed a $34-million new construction and renovation project that resulted in 160 new lodge rooms and fireplace suites. The resort also offers 23 cabins and cottages.

Hotel rooms and suites feature 37-inch flat screen televisions, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots and other modern amenities. Rooms are available in double queen and king options. The two-, three- and four-bedroom cabins and cottages are equipped with fireplaces, linens and full kitchens. The campground features 34 sites with full hookups as well as laundry and shower facilities.

The lodge offers cozy corners after an active day.
The lodge offers cozy corners after an active day.

The lodge features three dining options. The Hickory Dining Room is open year round and offers daily breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The Laurel Lounge is a full service bar with pub-style menu and is open daily from 5 p.m. except on Saturdays when it opens at 2 p.m. Season’s Café features a lighter menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The ski area features the Bear Paw Food Court with cafeteria-style dining while Quenchers Pub is a full service bar serving sandwiches and snacks. Both are open December through March.

During the holidays Dec. 26 – 30, the resort will feature family activities at the Main Lodge. Live entertainment will be offered nightly in the Laurel Lounge featuring a variety of artists. Holiday buffets will take place in the Hickory Dining Room on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Guests can also enjoy the Canaan New Year’s Bash from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hosted by Grey Goose vodka, the party will feature live music by Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts, dancing, party favors, door prizes and a toast at midnight. Tickets are $50 per couple and are available in advance by calling 304-866-4121, extension 2655. Children ages six through 12 may spend the evening entertained at the resort’s “Kidz Korner,” which will be available 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The rate is $20 per child, and reservations are available 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.

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