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Ski Resorts in West Virginia Offer Plenty to Do

January 3, 2013 by

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Snowshoe Resort West Virginia

Winter is here, the snow is falling and West Virginia ski resorts are open. Canaan Valley Resort, Snowshoe Resort, Timberline Resort, and Winterplace Resort have been opened since November and December, and Oglebay Resort just opened on New Year’s Eve.

For skiers who prefer cross-country, or the challenge of snowshoeing, White Grass Touring and Elk River Touring have reported excellent conditions. If you’ve been toying with the idea of a winter getaway, now’s the time to plan it.

Skiing in West Virginia

Why ski in West Virginia? The West Virginia Mountains have a northern exposure and an ideal climate for ski conditions. Winter comes early and stays late, offering an extended ski season most winters, and the West Virginia landscape offers a wild and vividly spectacular backdrop for skiers, snowboarders, tubers.

Activities Available at Ski Resorts in West Virginia

While all the resorts serve up plenty of fun, each has their own niche. Here’s a quick overview to help determine which resort is the right fit for you and your family.

  • Canaan Valley Resort: airboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, ice skating
  • Oglebay: Oglebay offers year-round activities but during the winter opens the Oglebay ski area for skiing and snowboarding.
  • Snowshoe Resort: zipline, tubing, skiing, snowmobiling, cross country, Snowcat tours
  • Timberline: snowboarding, skiing, cross country
  • Winterplace: skiing, tubing, terrain park

Gliding along the Tree Mile Trail

Gliding along three-mile trail at White Grass.

Cross Country and Snowshoeing

Avid cross country skiers might prefer a visit to White Grass Touring (Tucker County) or the Elk River Touring Center (Pocahontas County). White Grass features 25-30 km of groomed trails, and Elk River has groomed and ungroomed trails for the adventurous.

Be sure to check with them to learn about current conditions before booking your vacation.

Photo credits: Philip Larson, TrailVoice

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