A Guide to West Virginia Ski Resorts

A Guide to West Virginia Ski Resorts

Located in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia gets winters early in the season, and the winters last for long. The ski resorts offer quite a sense of adventure and make you think of the song ‘country roads takes me home’ by John Denver who sang about the state’s roads. You can make your winter memories of 2018 perfect by heading to some of these ski resorts in West Virginia.

Beginner Ski Resort In West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Located in Pocahontas Country, Snowshoe Mountain Resort is the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest winter resort. The resort is mostly of intermediate and expert difficulty level with 19% of trails classified as difficult, 35% intermediate, and 46% easy. The Western Territory, a mountain with 1,500 ft vertical drop, a base elevation of 3348 ft, and a summit elevation of 4848 ft and the hill has two black diamond trails. The resort has 244 acres of skiable area, sixty trails and the longest run is 1.5 miles long. Snowshoe Mountain receives 180 inches of annual snowfall, and there are artificial snowmaking facilities available. There are 14 lifts which can carry 23400 skiers per hour to the summit and other facilities at the resort include snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoe trails, and night skiing. There’s also a half-mile long trail called Yew Pine.

There are many accommodation facilities available in Snowshoe Mountain at Allegheny Springs, Highland House, Rimfire Lodge, Seneca Lodge.

Intermediate Ski Resort In West Virginia

Canaan Valley Ski Resort

A ski destination that caters to skiers of all levels Canaan Valley Resort is located on the northern side of the Monongahela Nation Forest in West Virginia. The mountain has two terrain parks, a summit elevation of 4280 ft, base elevation of 3430 ft, and a vertical drop of 850 ft. The trails are almost equally divided as 30% of the trails are of beginner, and advanced level each and the remaining 40% is of intermediate level. The resort is spread over 78 acres of skiable land and has 39 trails with the longest run being 1.1 miles long. There are two triple, and one quad lift at the resort and the lift can carry 6000 skiers per hour to the summit. Other facilities at the resort include snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoe trails, and night skiing (during peak season).

Timberline Ski Resort

An old West Virginia favorite, Timberline Ski Resort is also located in the beautiful region of Canaan Valley. The resort has 91 acres of skiable land and 37 runs. The mountain has a summit elevation of 4268 ft, base elevation of 3268 ft. and a vertical rise of 1000 ft and the longest run is two miles long. The mountain has two triple chairlifts, one double chairlift, and a surface lift and can carry 5000 skiers per hour to the summit. The resort also offers snowboarding facility to visitors.

Timberline Ski Resort has 37% of the trails marked as beginner, 34% as advanced and 32% as intermediate.

Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline Ski Resort are both nestled in the beautiful valley of Canaa. The valley is 15 miles long and three miles wide and is considered to be the highest mountain valley in the east of the Rockies. The Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge spread over 15,000 acres us another unique part of this mountain resort.

Winterplace Ski Resort

Located just two minutes off the I-77, Winterplace ski resort sits on 90 acres of skiable land and has 28 trails. The mountain’s summit elevation is 3,600 ft, base elevation 2,997 ft, and a vertical rise of 603 ft. There are three triple chair lifts, two quad chairs, two surface lifts, and two double chair lifts at the resort. Other facilities at the resort include ski lessons, rental programs, snowboarding, night skiing, and snow tubing. 

The trails are classified as 44% intermediate, 41%beginner, and 15% as advanced.

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