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What’s New for 2017: Canaan Valley Resort
By M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor
November 4, 2017

West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort is currently putting the finishing touches on its preparations for the 2017-2018 winter season. The resort plans to open on December 15, 2017, and aims to offer skiing and boarding every day from then until the close of the season on March 18, 2018.

Getting a head start on the season, the resort has announced plans to open its Tube and Skating Parks for the Thanksgiving holiday. Canaan Valley Resort’s 1,200-foot long tubing park, which it describes as the longest in the Mid-Atlantic region, will open on November 24 and will operate that Friday through Sunday, November 26.

The covered outdoor ice skating rink will open on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, and operate through the holiday weekend. After the holiday weekend, the Tube and Skating Parks will close until they re-open with the rest of ski area operations in mid-December.

Last year, Canaan Valley Resort doubled its snowmaking capacity, adding additional snow guns and compressors. Those efforts continued this year by increasing the state-of-the-art T40 snow gun arsenal and bumping up snowmaking capacity an additional 20%. A second water line was also added to the Tube Park. According to Mike Chaney, the resort’s Mountain Manager, the additional water line may allow Canaan Valley Resort to double its tubing lanes from 4 to 8.

“We are very proud of our ski area and have made significant improvements over the last two years, especially to our snowmaking capabilities,” noted General Manager Steve Drumheller.

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