A ski resort with terrain for all levels and closeby lodging, lots of apres ski activities and a good ski school make for great vacations on snow.
West Virginia is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountains, with four ski resorts situated among peaks where winter comes early and stays long. John Denver sang of the state's country roads, and some of the routes to ski resorts test that theory.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County is the largest winter resort in the Mid-Atlantic region. Black diamond trails make up an area called The Western Territory, boasting a 1,500 foot vertical drop, 60% pitch and 1.5 miles of length. Two distinct mountains are skiable on one lift ticket.
The Village of Snowshoe features plenty of options for eating, shopping and sleeping.
Downhill skiers of all levels will enjoy the 47 slopes at Canaan Valley Resort. With a vertical drop of 850 feet and the longest run at 6,000 feet, the experience can be as challenging as guests want it to be.
Timberline is an old West Virginia favorite. There are 91 skiable acres, serviced by three lifts, 36 runs and vertical of around 1,000 feet. All trails are open for snowboarding. There is also backcountry cross-country terrain. The summit is at 4,268 feet above sea level. The resort’s longest run in the South, Salamander, at two miles. Terrain is served by one double chair and two triples.
Timberline and Canaan Valley Resort are both in the Canaan Valley, a region of extraordinary beauty said to be the highest mountain valley east of the Rockies, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. One special feature of this part of the Mountain State is the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge that will preserve it forever as open space. The rest of West Virginia is beautiful as well.
Winterplace is two minutes off I-77, with 27 trails and a terrain park on 90 acres of skiable terrain served by 9 lifts, and West Virginia's largest snow tubing park served by two Super Carpets. The area's base is located at 2,997 feet, with the summit at 3,600 feet and a vertical drop of 603 feet.
The entire area has 100% snowmaking coverage, and night skiing is offered
There are a few ski resorts near Washington, DC, including Canaan Valley (179 miles) and Snowshoe Mountain Resort (228 miles).