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Thrilling slopes. Brilliant mountain views. Cozy fireplaces and mugs of hot chocolate. There’s no better way to enjoy winter than on a ski trip and West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains offer the perfect terrain for skiing with high elevations that make for long, snow-packed winter days on some of the country’s best slopes. You’ll find top-notch ski resorts in the state, each featuring diverse trails fit for beginners to advanced skiers, as well as comfortable amenities, superb onsite dining options and plenty of additional family-friendly activities. The best part? Everything you’ll need is located within the resorts, making planning super simple and allowing for an easygoing, fun-filled getaway for everyone.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
The largest mid-Atlantic winter ski resort, Snowshoe Mountain Resort is renowned for prime ski conditions atop Cheat Mountain, the second highest mountain in West Virginia, which receives about 180 inches of snow every year. Snowshoe features 257 acres of skiable land on 60 trails, including two black diamond trails, one boasting a 1,500-foot vertical drop. Five beginner trails and seven intermediate trails are also available for those still honing their skills.
DINING & LODGING
Après ski, indulge at one of Snowshoe’s tempting eateries. Cheat Mountain Pizza is a favorite casual spot for beers and pies on the go. Hit up Foxfire Grille for a comforting plate of good ‘ole Southern barbecue and stop by Sunset Cantina when you need a good cocktail after a long day on the slopes. There are lodging options aplenty at Snowshoe, too. Choose from cabins, condos or a community townhouse, splurge on an eight bedroom home or ski in and out of the Corduroy Inn.
If you just can’t get the swing of skiing, opt for the other winter activities Snowshoe has on offer such as snow tubing, snowmobile tours and off-road adventures. Or forget about winter sports altogether and head to the spa for a relaxing hot stone massage; then, head to the Shops at Snowshoe for unique West Virginia-made holiday gifts.
Canaan Valley Resort
Located within the Canaan Valley, the highest mountain valley east of the Rockies, this popular, family-friendly resort offers a 4,280-foot summit elevation with 47 trails, each featuring multiple terrains fit for beginners through advanced skiers. Skiing lessons with experienced instructors are available for first timers, while an 850-foot drop is perfect for the adrenaline junkies. Additionally, a terrain park offers space for skilled skiers to work on their tricks.
DINING & LODGING
Canaan Valley Resort has five different dining options, each offering a distinctive experience. Grab a made-to-order breakfast at the Seasons Cafe, chow down on a hot dog in between slopes at Bear Paw Food Court and delight in a lavish dinner at Hickory Dining Room, complete with panoramic views of the snow-packed valley. By night, cozy up in a rustic cabin or homey lodging room. Or, brave the cold and go camping in the woods.
Canaan’s 1,200-foot, multi-lane snow tubing park is a family favorite, and is also one of the longest snow tubing parks in the Mid-Atlantic. The resort also features snowboarding, cross country snow skiing and an outdoor covered ice rink. A spa is crucial for unwinding after a full day of activities; keep your kiddos entertained at the arcade.
Winterplace Ski Resort
Winterplace is a trusty and fun-filled resort for skiers of all ages and skill levels, whether you’re going on a casual vacation with your family or for an exhilarating getaway with a big group of friends. The resort offers a 6,300-foot summit, 603-foot vertical drop and 27 slopes, 26 of which are available for night skiing. A terrain-based learning area teaches beginners the skills they need to hit the slopes for the first time alongside the more experienced skiers.
DINING & LODGING
Eating and drinking options abound at Winterplace, with something suitable for everyone’s tastes. The resort offers two food courts serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks: Mickey’s Mountain Cafe, which is loved for its cold beer from local breweries and grilled brats, and the Snowdrift Lounge, a popular place to go for adult beverages and food and drink specials. The Cabins at Winterplace is a good place to stay with a large group. For a smaller space, go for the Winterhaven Condos.
Along with great skiing, Winterplace is home to the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia. The best part? It’s serviced by two carpet conveyor lifts so you don’t have to trek back up the mountain after each journey down. Other fun activities include karaoke contests every Saturday, live music and cozy lounges perfect for enjoying a hot chocolate by the fireplace while taking in snowy panoramic views.
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