Two more West Virginia ski resorts will be open for the 2022/2023 season as Timberline Mountain in Tucker County officially begins skiing and snowboarding, seven days a week on Friday, December 9 and Winterplace Ski Resort in Raleigh County will be offering a couple of bonus days on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 10. Winterplace will begin seven days a week on Friday, December 16.
Canaan Valley is planning to open for the season on Saturday, December 17. Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County opened November 23. Oglebay Resort in Ohio County is planning to open around Christmas, weather permitting.
With the holiday season bearing down on the state’s ski industry, the recent cold temperatures in the mountains, have allowed the resort operators to make snow covering an abundance of terrain for the skiers and snowboarders. The upcoming three-week holiday season (week before Christmas, Christmas week and week after Christmas) contributes up to 35 percent of the various resorts’ yearly revenue.
The West Virginia Ski Areas Association again this season is offering a program to attract young skiers into the winter sport. The program allows any child in the 4th or 5th grade to ski or snowboard for FREE. All of West Virginia’s ski areas, Canaan Valley, Oglebay, Snowshoe, Timberline and Winterplace are accepting the association’s Ski Free 4th and 5th Grade Passport Program.
The Passport may be used to obtain three (3) Junior lift tickets at participating resorts during the 2022-2023 season. Benefits determined by each ski resort.
The ski and snowboard season traditionally, weather permitting, continues from now through early April. The five-month long ski season in West Virginia has an estimated economic impact of over $250 million and 5,000 jobs at the resorts and other related companies. For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia go on-line at goskiwv.com or skisoutheast.com.