This season [R801R, Canaan Valley] already has received nearly 220 inches of snow or four and a half feet more than its average of 160 inches. That virtually ensures good conditions through most of March enabling the region to easily offer its full range of snow sports including alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or cross country skiing.

The two alpine venues - Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline - generally have no problem since they can make snow. The Nordic venues at Canaan Valley, White Grass, and Blackwater Fall are more dependent on natural snow. They has seen an excellent season.

Canaan Valley Resort has 30 kilometers of terrain. There is no trail fee but rentals cost $20 for adults and $16 for juniors. Geo-caching also is an option. Geo-caching involves individuals and organizations all over the world setting up caches and sharing locations of those caches on the Internet. It is available all year long at Canaan. Half-day rentals of GPS devices are $10 and a full day costs $15.

Blackwater Falls and White Grass charge trail fees in addition to rentals. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing at Blackwater Falls is run by Highland Scenic Tours in Davis, West Virginia. Cross country ski rentals for a half-day are $17 for adults and $12.50 for children. Information on full day rates and trail fees are available from the vendor. White Grass trail fees are $12 for adults and $3 for children. A variety of rental options is available on their Web site.

Canaan Valley Resort's value season starts March 7 with lodging, lifts, and a group lesson for $59 per person, double occupancy. 


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