Ski & Snowboarding Conditions

Get the latest resort conditions, fresh from the slopes. The Snow Report lists everything you need to know about accumulation, lifts, temperature, and available winter sports.

Ski resorts:

  • Snowshoe Mountain (Snowshoe)— Enjoy 60 slopes, heated pools, and a sauna at this popular resort. Many lodging choices are available.
  • Winterplace Ski Resort (Ghent)— Boasts terrain parks, snow tubing, and ski and snowboarding lessons. You can also rent equipment and get package deals.
  • Canaan Valley Resort (Davis)— A cozy family destination with 47 slopes, ice skating, cabins, and dining at the lodge.
  • Oglebay Resort (Wheeling)– With plenty to explore on and off the slopes, Oglebay Resort is perfect for a family retreat. Stunning scenery is marked by easy trails that any beginner can tackle on skis or snowboard.
  • Timberline Four Seasons Resort (Davis)— Challenge more than 30 trails on 1,000 feet of vertical drop. Snowmaking capabilities extends season into March.

Cross-country ski centers:

  • Pipestem Resort State Park (Pipestem)— Bring your skis and sleds to this mountaintop resort, or rent gear from the pro shop. Cabins and lodging are available.
  • White Grass Ski Center (Davis)— Ski and snowshoe on 50km of trails, which receive 160 inches of annual snowfall. Wholesome meals and a specialty shop are highlights.
  • Elk River Touring Center (Slatyfork)— Enjoy Nordic skiing on trails ranging from 2,730 to 4,750 feet in elevation. Perks include rentals, lodging, and a cozy restaurant.
  • Alpine Lake Resort (Terra Alta)— Features 7 groomed trails, lodging, more than 100 inches of snow annually, and a base altitude of 2,800 feet.

Winter in West Virginia

Northern Panhandle Mountaineer Country Eastern Panhandle Mid-Ohio Valley Mountain Lakes Metro Valley Hatfield-McCoy Mountains Potomac Highlands New River - Greenbrier Valley
  • New River - Greenbrier Valley

    No vacation worth its salt should lack adventure and flavorful cuisine. And in the New River-Greenbrier Valley, you get both!

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    Speaking of excitement and flavor, stop by Smooth Ambler Spirits in Maxwelton; the distillery serves “grain-to-grass” liquors in true Appalachian fashion. Visit for tours, tastings, and gifts of gin, whiskey, rum, and vodka! Tamarack is another irresistible stop. The enormous Beckley art center features handmade pottery, fine art, quilts, crafts, and candy.

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    Eastern Panhandle

    Quaint towns, 18th-century heritage, and convenience to Washington, D.C. make this region ideal for a weekend getaway. Atmospheric B&Bs and boutiques add to its charms.

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    Once you’ve unpacked, it’s time for some Eastern Panhandle culture. Lost Dog Coffee in Shepherdstown serves strong espressos and teas. If you’re staying in Harpers Ferry, stop by True Treats Historic Candy for odd, rare, and delicious treats. Berkeley Springs’ galleries shouldn’t be missed, either. Pop into the Ice House Art Center for local pottery, jewelry, quilts, and more.

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    Hatfield-McCoy Mountains

    For an authentic taste of frontier mountain culture, visit this southern region. Famous Hatfield-McCoy feud sites and ATV trails give spice to any trip!

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    Then get ready to go where no vacation has gone before! The Hatfield-McCoy Trail network boasts more than 600 miles of off-road paths. Bring an ATV or rent one from a local outfitter. You can also team up with a guide if you’re new to the sport. Crave more mountain culture? The Hatfield and McCoy Moonshine distillery in Gilbert has tours and tastings of its authentic “white lightning.”

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    Metro Valley

    The bustling center of West Virginia’s capital hums with enterprise and energy. Look forward to unique boutiques, restaurants, and museums.

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    Ready for some Christmas shopping? J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, a family operation, collects rare salt from a prehistoric ocean in Malden. The result: a condiment unique to West Virginia. Other hits include the artistic Blenko Glass Company in Milton and the Bear Wood Company in Hurricane, which creates handmade furniture and accessories from reclaimed materials.

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    Mid-Ohio Valley

    Escape the bustle of modern life. The tranquil Mid-Ohio Valley offers rural landscapes, historic towns, and warm hospitality— just what you need for a weekend break.

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    True to form, the Mid-Ohio Valley also has timeless traditions. Holl’s Chocolates in Vienna makes creamy Swiss truffles, while Berdine’s Five & Dime in Harrisville has nostalgic toys, household accessories, and candy. It’s the oldest shop of its kind, too.

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    Mountaineer Country

    Rich in Italian heritage, artistry, and football, this northern region never lacks for entertainment. One of the most lively areas is Morgantown, home of West Virginia University— and, of course, the Mountaineers.

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    Ready for another taste of West Virginia? Try a pepperoni roll at Fairmont’s Country Club Bakery, home of the original 1920s invention. Since then, these doughy snacks have become the official state food. How about a drink? Quench your thirst at Morgantown Brewing Company, the oldest micro-brewery in the Mountain State.  

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    Northern Panhandle

    Elegance, history, and serene riverside views give the Northern Panhandle unmistakable character.

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    While you’re there, check out the Homer Laughlin China Company in Newell. This factory has produced iconic Fiestaware for more than a century. Take a tour, browse the museum, and bring home some West Virginia craftsmanship. Wheeling’s historic Centre Market is also delightful with its antique shops, delis, and cafes.

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    Mountain Lakes

    Some of West Virginia’s most striking landscapes are found right here. As its name suggests, the region abounds with lakes and reservoirs— 5, to be exact.

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    After you’ve settled in, treat yourself to cozy bowls of chili at the Custard Stand in Webster Springs. Then, visit Ron Hinkle Glass in Buckhannon for vases, bowls, shot glasses, cheese plates, and much more.

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    Potomac Highlands

    With its towering mountains and dramatic terrain, this region deserves its reputation for outstanding winter sports.  

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    You’ll inevitably encounter several art galleries during your visit. The tiny town of Thomas features cartoons by Seth Pitt, leatherwork, imaginative sculptures, and paintings. A few steps away is TipTop, an upscale cafe and bar with a variety of tasteful gifts.

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