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Canaan Valley Resort

Davis, West Virginia

Vertical drop:850 feet
Base elevation:3,430 feet
Peak elevation:4,280 feet
Skiable acres:95
Longest run:1.25 miles
Trails:47

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 guest rooms and fireplace suites, an atrium-style lobby, 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.

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.

For kids and the young at heart, Canaan Valley Resort offers a 1,200-foot long tubing park, 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
Base Altitude: 3,430 feet
Peak Altitude: 4,280 feet
Trails: 47 Trails:

  • 20%
  • 36% intermediate
  • 44% advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 95
    Longest Run: 1.25 miles
    Lifts: 4 (1 quad, 2 triples, 1 magic carpet)
    Night Skiing: Night skiing is available on a few of the trails.
    Terrain Park: 1 - Features include an assortment of boxes, rails, and jumps.
    Tubing Park: (No tubing park)
    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
    Links: http://www.canaanresort.com/
    Conditions near Canaan Valley Resort:
    9:05 pm on April 5 / Garrett County Airport
    46° F
    Mostly Cloudy
    Humidity:93%
    Wind Speed:3 mph
    Barometer:30.07 in
    Dewpoint:45 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:57 a.m.
    Sunset:7:45 p.m.
    Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. 

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    News about Canaan Valley Resort

    Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open

      December 21, 2019 - After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.

    What’s New for 2019: Canaan Valley Resort

      November 13, 2019 - West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort has been busy in recent months preparing for the upcoming winter season, making snowmaking enhancements and decreasing the time it will take for skiers and boarders to get their lift ticket and make it to the slopes.

    Independent and Family-Owned Ski Resorts Team Up to Offer $199 Indy Pass

      September 2, 2019 - There’s been a lot of ski area consolidation in recent years. It almost seems like all ski areas will soon be under the ownership of just a few corporations. But there are still a lot of independent ski areas, and this winter, they’re joining forces to offer an affordable multi-resort pass that will provide the chance to sample 34 ski areas across North America.

    The Season So Far

      January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.

    Firsthand Report: Canaan Valley Resort, December 22-24, 2018

      December 28, 2018 - DCSki Columnist John Sherwood spent the days leading up to Christmas at West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort. Although he was worried about warmer temperatures and rain, he discovered excellent early-season conditions (along with excellent customer support) and even received some fresh natural snow. He provides this Firsthand Report.

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