WV’s 4 most notorious skiing trails

West Virginia is the prime location in the southeast for skiing and snowboarding, with some of the most challenging trails in the nation.

Natural snowmaking, high peaks, long runs and unsurpassed beauty make for a skiing experience like no other.

1. Canaan Valley

Canaan Valley has 43 trails for both beginner and advanced skiers in the heart of Tucker County. The most famous trails at Canaan are Prosperity and Dark Side of the Moon, which are both black diamond fan favorites for thrill seekers. Canaan also boasts a 4,280-foot mountain top, making for a winter backdrop like no other.

2. Snowshoe Mountain

For more seasoned skiers looking for a new challenge or their first black diamond run, Widowmaker and Choker at Snowshoe Mountain are quite an experience. These trails at the basin area of the mountain boast an 800-foot vertical drop and 100% snowmaking.

The western territory’s steep, rugged terrain also has some of the most challenging trails for advanced skiers, like Cupp Run and Shay’s Revenge.

3. Timberline

Timberline Resort boasts at 4,268-foot summit with 41 slopes. Their single black diamond runs are some of the best in the southeast, including the popular White Lightning.

Salamander is an easy run, but as the longest trail with the highest average vertical south of Vermont, experienced skiers will enjoy it, too. It’s also a great run to experience the breathtaking Dolly Sods Wilderness and Timberline’s cross-country skiing.

4. Winterplace

Winterplace has more than 90 acres of skiing and tubing and 63% of their trails are intermediate and advanced. Nose Dive is well known as a black diamond run that gives you thrills and chills in the winter cold, from near the top of the resort’s 603 vertical foot drop at an elevation of 3,600 feet. As an added bonus, you can keep skiing into the night hours on 26 slopes.

Which WV ski trail do you think is the most exciting challenge?

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