5 most epic Mountain State ski escapes

 

It’s no surprise that West Virginia has the best skiing in the region– after all, we are the Mountain State.

Ski, snowboard, cross country, tubing, night skiing, beginner to expert— no matter what you’re looking for in a ski resort, West Virginia’s got it.

Here are some of the best skiing spots that the Mountain State has to offer.

1. Winterplace Ski Resort

Winterplace is the smallest and farthest south resort in West Virginia, but Mountain State skiers love it. Why? For starters, Winterplace is incredibly close to Beckley, Charleston and Lewisburg, and right off the interstate. All of its runs (and tubing lanes) are open to night skiing, too, so it’s a great after-work destination for southern West Virginia locals. And, it’s got 100% snowmaking coverage. It’s definitely the Mountain State’s most convenient resort.

 

Young girl goes snowboarding at Timberline, West Virginia

2. Timberline Four Seasons Resort

Both Canaan Valley and Timberline are in the same high mountain valley that gets unusually high snowfall— they can easily get more than 180 inches a year. If you’re looking for more double-black diamond expert runs than Canaan, head over to Timberline. It’s a bit smaller, but it definitely packs a punch.

This family-owned resort’s standout run is the 2-mile Salamander Run, which is the southeast’s longest single run, and was voted the very best in 2015 by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. Timberline’s excellent restaurant and pub also specializes in regional farm-to-table cuisine, with plenty of live local music.

 

Cross-country skier in snow at White Grass Touring Center, WV

3. White Grass Ski Touring Center

What? A cross-country ski resort? Yup, that same valley Canaan and Timberline are nestled into also has a great place to go cross-country skiing.

White Grass has the perks of a resort: ski rentals and a pro shop, great food and drink, and groomed trails. But it’s smaller, and you’ll be kicking across forest glades or exploring nearby wilderness areas more than tearing down slopes.

If you want something different than the hustle and bustle of a downhill ski resort, check this place out.

 

A family of skiers at Snowshoe going down steep hill with alpine forest in background, West Virginia

4. Snowshoe Mountain

Snowshoe is West Virginia’s biggest ski resort, and it has the highest total elevation drop. Its lifts service 251 acres. And with some runs approaching 1,500 feet, it’s got the steepest and longest slopes in the entire eastern U.S. south of New England.

With a new terrain park, tubing park and cross country ski trails, there are a lot of winter sports to try here, plus a whole mountaintop village to explore.

 

Downhill skiers at Canaan Valley Resort, West Virginia

5. Canaan Valley

This state park has got it going on year round, but it really shines in the winter with its slopes. It’s got 4 lifts, 47 runs, and 850 feet of elevation change. More than half of its terrain is long beginner and intermediate runs, and the rest is advanced and expert territory.

Canaan Valley is one of West Virginia’s most family-friendly ski resorts. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can also tube, cross-country ski or even ice skate here. Plus, you can go on horse-drawn sleigh rides nearby!

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This post was last updated on October 18, 2017