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Canaan Valley Resort

Davis, West Virginia

Vertical drop:850 feet
Skiable acres:95
Longest run:1.25 miles

Canaan Valley Resort State Park offers an exciting array of seasonal outdoor activities throughout the year. Nestled on a plateau overlooking the valley and offering sweeping views of surrounding peaks, the resort provides plenty of amenities including 160 new guest rooms and fireplace suites, a new atrium-style lobby, renovated main lodge, 23 cabin and cottage rentals, 34 campsites, a variety of dining options, conference/banquet facilities, and an indoor pool/fitness center.

Although West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort has snowmaking facilities, it is one of the few resorts in the D.C. region that receives much of its snowmaking from Mother Nature. With an average annual snowfall of over 160 inches, and a summit elevation of 4,280 feet above sea level, Canaan Valley’s 95 acres are frequently covered by snow that lasts late into the season. The ski resort is part of Canaan Valley State Park, which also features cross-country skiing and snowshoeing thanks to plenty of powder.

At 4,280 feet above sea level, Canaan Valley Resort receives a lot of natural snow. Photo by Justin Harris.

Located in the highest mountain-valley east of the Rockies, Canaan Valley Resort’s ski area includes 47 trails, 3 lifts, 1 magic carpet, and a terrain park. Canaan Valley is known for its great beginner and intermediate terrain, providing a perfect place for new skiers and boarders to learn. In 2012, the resort added Critters Crawl, a dedicated beginner instruction trail serviced by its own magic carpet.

On a clear day, stunning views are provided from Canaan Valley Resort’s 4,280-foot summit on Weiss Mountain. Terrain varies from wide trails, narrow chutes, and high mountain meadows, providing opportunities for skiers and boarders at all skill levels.

Snowboarders will find a new terrain park in Allegheny Alley, and expert skiers will be challenged by black diamond favorites Dark Side of the Moon, Prosperity, and Gravity. Recent renovations at the ski area have included an expansion of snowmaking capabilities and upgrades to the base facilities. The resort added 3 glade trails in 2015. The resort doubled its snowmaking capacity in 2016, and has since increased its capacity another 20% in 2017. Canaan Valley Resort offers 74% snowmaking coverage. Some natural snow trails open later in the season, and may temporarily close during warm stretches.

For kids and the young at heart, Canaan Valley Resort offers a 1,200-foot long tubing park (the longest in the Mid-Atlantic), featuring multiple tubing lanes and a dedicated magic carpet. Guests ages 4 and up can enjoy linking up and racing down the lanes. The tubing park includes its own warming hut complete with ticket kiosk, restrooms, concessions, a fireplace, an outdoor fire ring, and a parking area.

Snowy day at Canaan Valley Resort. Photo by Justin Harris.

Over 30 kilometers of natural snow-based marked trails are available for cross-country skiers, and there is also easy access to the Monongahela National Forest. There is no trail access fee for cross-country skiing. Snowshoe and cross country ski rentals are available through the XC Center on the park grounds, and the popular White Grass Touring Center is also located nearby.

The lighted pavilion over the ice-rink along with two wood-burning fireplaces offer guests a leisure winter activity during their stay. Guests can skate and mingle in a comfortable outdoor environment while viewing the scenic Canaan Valley and Allegheny Mountains.

Photo credit: Justin Harris / Canaan Valley Resort.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Canaan Valley Resort
Vertical Drop: 850 feet
  • 20%
  • 36% intermediate
  • 44% advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 95
    Longest Run: 1.25 miles
    Lift Capacity: 6,000 per hour
    Lifts: 4 (1 quad, 2 triples, 1 magic carpet)
    Night Skiing: Night skiing is not available during the 2015-2016 winter season.
    Terrain Park: 1 - Features include an assortment of boxes, rails, and jumps.
    Halfpipe: (No halfpipe)
    Tubing Park: 1,200 feet long with multiple lanes and 1 magic carpet.
    Address: Canaan Valley State Park
    230 Main Lodge Road
    Davis, WV 26260
    Phone: (800) 622-4121 or (304) 866-4121
    Latitude: 39.003978
    Longitude: -79.440165
    Conditions near Canaan Valley Resort:
    1:51 pm on November 15 / Elkins, Elkins-Randolph County-Jennings Randolph Field
    35° F
    Light Rain
    Wind Speed:6 mph
    Barometer:29.95 in
    Dewpoint:29 °F
    Visibility:8.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:59 a.m.
    Sunset:5:05 p.m.
    Marginal snowmaking conditions right now. 

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    News about Canaan Valley Resort

    Firsthand Report: President’s Weekend: Many Friends and Few Crowds

      March 27, 2018 - Back in February, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney came up with a strategy to avoid President’s Weekend crowds, jumping between Canaan Valley Resort, Laurel Mountain, and Seven Springs Resort. In this Firsthand Report, he describes how he avoided crowds and mostly avoided rain.

    Firsthand Report: Canaan Valley Resort - Shelter from the Storm

      January 27, 2018 - DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney recently returned from a trip to West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort. He describes how the resort is firing on all its cylinders, offering a mix of low crowds, low prices, and low drama.

    Canaan Valley Resort Recognized by Liftopia’s Best in Snow Awards

      December 28, 2017 - On December 20, 2017, Liftopia announced its Second Annual Best in Snow Awards, and Mid-Atlantic ski area Canaan Valley Resort received top billing in two categories.

    The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off

      December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.

    What’s New for 2017: Canaan Valley Resort

      November 4, 2017 - Continued snowmaking improvements set the stage for the upcoming winter season at West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort.

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