West VA Ski Resorts – Comparison Chart

Use the chart below to take a quick peek at the particulars of each West Virginia Ski Resort:

Resort Elevation (ft) Vert. Drop (ft) # Trails # Lifts # Terrain Parks
Canaan Valley 4279 850 42 4 0
Oglebay 815 168 5 1 1
Snowshoe 4848 1500 60 15 6
Timberline 4268 1000 39 4 1
White Grass (XC) 4436 1200 45 XC XC
Winterplace 3600 602 27 9 1

Canaan Valley Resort

Normally when you think of great skiing, you don’t think further east than the Rocky Mountains. However, what you may not know is the excitement of east coast ski destinations in West Virginia, with Canaan Valley Resort being near the top of that list. With over 40 trails and snow-making on over 75% of the mountain, you can’t find better conditions in the Mid-Atlantic. Located in scenic Tucker County, this Davis, WV mountain peak sits at over 4200 feet overlooking the beautiful valley below. You’ll enjoy 42 trails spread out over a 850’ of vertical drop – all accessible via Canaan’s 4 chairlifts.

Terrain Level Percentage
Beginner (GREEN) 30%
Intermediate (BLUE) 40%
Advanced (BLACK) 30%
Expert (2X BLACK) 0%
Longest Run 1 Mile
Skiable Terrain 91 Acres

Whether you love to ski the valley, snowboard, go tubing, or even want to enjoy the newest rage in winter sports (called air-boarding), this ski resort has fun for everyone. This beautiful West Virginia ski destination also offers fine dining and accommodations that the whole family will enjoy. With the projected “days open” currently sitting at around 101 days, you should easily be able to schedule a getaway to this wonderful resort.

Snowshoe Mountain

Located in Pocahontas County West Virginia, Snowshoe Mountain is the largest winter resort in the mid-Atlantic. One of the signature areas of the mountain, referred to as The Western Territory, boasts a 1,500 foot vertical drop, 60 percent pitch, and a 1.5 miles in length. For skiers and snowboarders who want a taste of “out West skiing”, this area is your best bet. The resort consists of three separate ski areas, all ski-able on one lift ticket. At the heart of the mountain, The Village of Snowshoe features high quality lodging with Rimfire Lodge, Highland House, Allegheny Springs, and the Seneca Lodge. More affordable lodging can be found at Mountain Lodge, which sits on arguably the best location of the entire resort.

Terrain Percentage
Beginner (GREEN) 42%
Intermediate (BLUE) 30%
Advanced (BLACK) 23%
Expert (2X BLACK) 5%
Terrain Parks 6
Longest Run 1 Mile

Note that Snowshoe Mountain is clearly the biggest – from number of trails, to vertical drop – its in a league all of its own. Snowshoe is actually divided into three separate ski areas:

  • Snowshoe Basin
  • Western Territory
  • SilverCreek

The basin area is what most people consider “Snowshoe”. It’s the area that access Snowshoe Village. The Western Territory is actually accessible from the Basin, although you have to walk across the street to do so.

SilverCreek is accessible via free shuttles that operate throughout the resort. There is lodging at SilverCreek, so if you stay there you would have to do the opposite – take a shuttle back to the Basin area.

Timberline Four Seasons Resort

If you are looking for a great skiing vacation, then Timberline Ski Resort may be perfect for you. Located in West Virginia, Timberline is a Four Season resort offering something for everyone. The ski resort is only two miles from Canaan Valley, which has been rated one of America’s top ten mountain towns. The town offers beautiful nature parks, along with a petting zoo, and horseback riding for children seven years old and up. Nestled among the beautiful Allegheny Mountains in scenic West Virginia, this ski resort is THE place to go for awesome east coast skiing. With almost 40 great runs to choose from, Timberline has skiing for all ability levels; from beginner to the black diamond and the insane double black diamond runs (not for the faint of heart). With 3 lifts operating nonstop you can easily access its 100 acres to ski or snowboard. Projected days open currently hovers around 150, and with snow-making on 92% of the mountain (to supplement almost 200 inches of annual snowfall) you can expect great ski conditions for almost a quarter of a year – with skiing often towards the month of April.

Terrain Level Percentage
Beginner (GREEN) 34%
Intermediate (BLUE) 32%
Advanced (BLACK) 14%
Expert (2X BLACK) 20%
Longest Run 2 miles
Skiable Terrain 100 acres

The main draw for people visiting this four-season resort is of course the skiing. Timberline boasts a natural snow which lasts for an exceptionally long season, and there is always man-made snow when the natural powder is lacking. The mountain tops at 4,268 feet and has over 36 slopes and trails. With steeps, bumps, and glade-skiing possible throughout the resort, one can see why Timberline has visitors from all around the region. For the beginner skier, there is the gentle 2-mile Salamander Run, a gently sloping trail that teaches and allows the new skier to observe the beauty of the surrounding mountainside. This local favorite offers a taste of “big time skiing” without having to hop on a plane to get there!

Along with the many different vacation options, Timberline is home to several different competitions and racing events. Some of these include the USASA Bordercrosses, the ski crosses, USASA slopestyle competition, and the Timberline Big Air and Slope competition. Spectators and skiers from around the world are welcome and attend these yearly competitions.


If snowboarding is more your style, then Timberline Resort has plenty of options for you also. With two different terrain parks dedicated for snowboarding, there is something for all riding abilities. Within the parks, snowboarders will find jumps that range in height from 30 feet, 40 feet, and even 50 feet. There are also classes offered for those who want to learn snowboarding.

Ski School / Lessons

For those who are not yet adept at skiing, don’t worry as the Timberline ski school will give you or your children the best lessons with many instructors having over 30 years of teaching experience. You can also expect to enjoy the wonderful accommodations and great dining options available to you when you are not on the slopes, with dozens of restaurants nearby. No matter what your tastes are, or even if you just like the winter outdoors and shopping, Timberline Ski resort has it all for you.

Timberline is located near the town of Davis, West Virginia just off of Highway 32, also known as the Appalachian Highway.

With excellent skiing, and the attractions that the town of Canaan offers, it is easy to see why Timberline Ski Resort is a popular vacation destination for skiing and snowboarding lovers. With the West Virginia mountains as its backdrop, Timberline is a truly great destination for your next skiing trip.

Winterplace Ski Resort

You don’t have to spend a fortune travelling out West to enjoy a spectacular ski vacation. There are top ski destinations in the East as well, making up a $2 billion per year industry. One destination worth a visit is Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, West Virginia. This resort is one of the many resorts in the region, but this ski mountain manages to stand out above the competition thanks to its strategic location. The resort sits between Beckley, WV and Princeton, WV and near the north-to-south I-77 corridor, making it a very accessible ski destination. At 3,600 feet, this mountain boasts a vertical drop of over 600 feet with over 90 acres of skiable terrain.

Terrain Level Percentage
Beginner (GREEN) 41%
Intermediate (BLUE) 44%
Advanced (BLACK) 15%
Expert (2X BLACK) 0%
Skiable Terrain 90 acres

Whether you love to ski, snowboard, go tubing, or even want to enjoy the newest rage in winter sports (called air-boarding), this ski resort has fun of every style. With 7 lifts, you can easily access any one of the beginner or intermediate ski runs. Sorry, no double-black diamond runs here but you’ll have fun regardless. This beautiful West Virginia ski destination also offers fine dining and accommodations that the whole family will enjoy. With the projected “days open” currently sitting at 101 days, this ski resort is offering lift ticket packages for almost any time you have the urge to hit the slopes.