Nestled in Cannan Valley, the highest mountain valley east of the Rockies, West Virginia residents and visitors will find the Canaan Valley Resort, a four-season mountain resort destination. With a summit elevation of 4,280 feet and a vertical drop of 850 feet, Canaan Valley boasts some of the best skiing and riding in the state. They have one high-speed quad, two triples, and one magic carpet to suit every lift availability. The resort also has snowmaking on 75% of their trails and an annual snowfall of more than 160 inches, making for wonderful conditions on any day of the season.
Canaan Valley’s 47 trails offer thrills for a wide range of abilities. Around 20% of their trails have a green circle designation, making them perfect for first-timers and beginners. 36% of their trails are marked with an intermediate blue square, while 44% are either a single- or double-black diamond. Though most of the mountain is designated as intermediate, advanced, or expert terrain, Canaan Valley’s extensive beginner area is perfect for those just starting to get their ski legs. The mountain also includes a terrain park, making their 95 acres of skiable terrain both diverse and dynamic.
If you’re not a fan of downhill skiing or snowboarding but still want a fun winter experience, Canaan Valley has you covered. In addition to providing world-class Alpine skiing, the resort offers snow tubing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. For more information about these wintertime activities, see the resort website.
Though their winter season is relatively short, spanning from mid-December to early March, Canaan Valley is a year-round resort. In addition to offering exciting ski and snowboarding opportunities, they offer camping, golf, hiking, and biking in the warmer months. Additionally, their chairlifts stay active year-round, providing scenic views of the Allegheny Mountains in every season. A trip up the mountain costs just $7 for an adult, but group rates are also available.