Canaan Valley Resort
Davis, West Virginia
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|Resort Overview - reported by M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor|
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 91 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 and telemark skiing thanks to plenty of powder. Canaan Valley Resort is located within 2 miles of its neighboring ski area, Timberline.
Canaan Valley Resort offers a number of wide trails with great views. The Weiss Meadows section of the resort offers glade skiing — a rarity among D.C. area resorts. Beginners will feel at home on many of Canaan Valley’s trails; experts will find more challenging terrain at neighboring Timberline.
Canaan Valley Resort offers 74% snowmaking coverage. Some trails open later in the season, and may temporarily close during warm stretches.
Through the years, several slopes, including Upper Canaan Curve, Cutback, and Lower Timber Run, have been widened. Additional shaped skis and a new selection of snowboards were added to the rental inventory in recent years. Canaan Valley Resort also offers a terrain park on Weiss Meadows I.
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 at the park grounds, and the popular Whitegrass Touring Center is also located nearby.
Canaan Valley Resort offers snow tubing as a popular winter alternative to skiing and boarding. Tubing is available for guests ages 4 and up. The Tube Park features four lanes and is 800 feet long for tubers to slide and glide their way to the bottom of the hill. A tow rope brings them back to the top of the hill to repeat their ride. Each session is two hours in length. Evening sessions are available when night skiing is offered.
Canaan Valley Resort introduced Airboarding as a winter activity during the 2005-2006 season. Airboarding is a high tech twist on traditional sledding. Similar to riding a bodyboard in the ocean, the inflatable has grooves on the underside that allow riders to make sharp turns and stop quickly in the snow. A lesson is required to receive a license to ride in the designated areas on the mountain.
Photos provided by Canaan Valley Resort.
It’s no surprise that Canaan Valley features dozens of year-round activities, since it is located in a state park. Once the snow melts, outdoor enthusiasts can explore 6,000 acres of woodlands in Canaan Valley State Park. Hiking, fishing, golf, mountain biking, and other activities are popular. Canaan Valley runs one of its three lifts during the summer to shuttle sightseers to the top of the mountain.
|Canaan Valley Resort|
|39 (30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced)|
|6,000 per hour|
|3 (1 quad, 2 triples)|
|Night skiing is only offered certain days of the week (e.g., Friday and Saturday nights). Check with the resort for updated operating hours.|
|Two terrain parks featuring rails, boxes, and more.|
|Serviced by a handle tow.|
|Route 1, Canaan Valley State Park
Davis, WV 26260
|(800) 622-4121 or (304) 866-4121|
Estimated Distances from Major Cities
|Baltimore, MD||4 hours||224 miles|
|Washington, DC||3 hours, 45 minutes||188 miles|
|Arlington, VA||3 hours, 40 minutes||186 miles|
|Richmond, VA||4 hours||223 miles|
|Pittsburgh, PA||3 hours||152 miles|
|Harrisburg, PA||4 hours||219 miles|
|Philadelphia, PA||5 hours, 40 minutes||321 miles|
|Charleston, WV||3 hours||177 miles|
|Raleigh, NC||6 hours, 30 minutes||342 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||6 hours, 30 minutes||398 miles|
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A snow condition report for Canaan Valley Resort is shown below. Because condition reports may not be updated regularly, be sure to check the date and timestamp on the report. Before making a trip, we recommend contacting resorts directly for the latest conditions.
|Canaan Valley, WV||
As of 15:55:00 on 2011-03-14
|Report data is over 2 days old -- please check back later.|
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The past five articles related to Canaan Valley Resort are shown below.
“Hope on the Slopes” Event Comes to Canaan Valley Resort March 1-2, 2013 (February 20)
The 2nd annual “Hope on the Slopes” event is returning to West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort March 1-2, 2013, to help raise funds on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Gains Momentum (December 27, 2012)
A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
Canaan Valley Resort’s “Hope on the Slopes” to Benefit American Cancer Society (February 18, 2012)
Relay for Life of Tucker County and Canaan Valley Resort have teamed together to launch the first “Hope on the Slopes” event at the West Virginia Resort on March 2-3, 2012. Coinciding with Canaan Valley Resort’s annual “Wild Thing” weekend, Hope on the Slopes will raise funds to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Firsthand Report: Keep the Faith and Ski the Valley (February 17, 2012)
A group of DCSki readers descended on West Virginia February 10-13, 2012, bracing for mediocre conditions in this mediocre winter, but discovering a foot of fresh powder. The next three days provided great camaraderie, great fun, and great skiing at Canaan Valley and Timberline Resorts. DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney was part of the group and filed this Firsthand Report.
(3 reader comments)
Snow and Cold Push Opening Dates within Reach (December 7, 2011)
Mother Nature has been keeping the cold to herself so far this winter, but the arrival of snow on Wednesday has many local resorts pushing to open for the season in the next week or two.
(1 reader comment)
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|Black Bear Resort: |
Welcome to Black Bear Resort. Close to Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline Four Seasons Resort ski areas, Black Bear Resort offers unique Pedestal home and Inn suite rentals.
|Cinnamon Fern Chalet: |
Cinnamon Fern Chalet is located in the gated Northpoint resort community of Canaan Valley, West Virginia. The home is a well-appointed, contemporary cedar chalet with walls of glass. This wonderful chalet has 3 full bathrooms and 3 bedrooms. While the chalet can accommodate 10, this house is cozy and appropriate with even two guests. Cinnamon Fern Chalet is pet free and smoke free.
|Timberline Four Seasons Realty: |
Timberline Four Seasons Realty is known for its luxurious lodging choices. Beautiful vacation homes reside on secluded, wooded valley lots and near quiet lakes. Cozy cabins and homes perched on the top of the mountain, offering views of the valley more than 1,000 feet below. Fully furnished and dressed with the touch of their individual owners, these vacation homes are just like home.
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Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by kyle dodd
September 24, 2004 at 10:55 pm
This is my favorite resort in the DC area. It has great late season prices and often is still covered in fresh powder through march. Also, it is the laest crowded of all the resorts i have been to in the Mid-Atlantic.
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by Glenn Conklin
October 17, 2004 at 1:05 pm
The first snowfall of the season has hit Canaan on 10/16/04. Got a good inch and a half but still too warm for accumulation. Great foreboding of the season to come. Canaan is doing discounted season passes through mid November. Jan 2-8 is uniform appreciation week. Great deals on prime season skiing/boarding for military, law enforcement, nurses, and firefighters.
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by Donna Clark
June 12, 2005 at 2:34 pm
Lodging at Deerfield Village is superb. Just 1 mile from the slopes you will find luxury townhomes beautifully appointed.
AMP IT UP RAIL JAM - posted by DCSki Reader
March 5, 2007 at 6:54 pm
from an inside source at canaan, rumor is they are gonna have a 40 ft change up box for the competition. Hope to see everyone there throwing down.
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by Ginny (Schrock) Millar
January 29, 2008 at 12:47 pm
When Canaan first opened in the early 70's, I believe Jean-Claude Kielly (spelling?) who was then an olmpic skier was involved in the backing. We caught a few glimpses of him in the very beginning. This is what we were told anyway, but it was nice watching him ski!
Best Golf Course in the Country - posted by Ronnie Stonestreet
September 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm
I live in Raleigh NC and the best trip in the world is to go to Canaan and play some golf.
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by jessica
January 13, 2009 at 8:31 pm
i think that if you are an over night guest at the resort you should be able to get some type of percentage off of activities!
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by samsef
January 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm
Lodging for me was not a great experience here. Initially I figured the lodge would be on site with the slopes but it was not. A 5 minute drive isn't bad but I was just a bit disillusioned about how things would be. Upon arrival the desk clerk notified me that they did not participate in the AAA program for discounted rooms. When I made my reservation on the phone I was told otherwise. I managed to get this fixed after complaining to management and got my $47 I was overcharged back. The resort does not have any type of continental breakfast (even cheap chain hotels do) and the food they make you pay for is not worth the napkin your silverware is wrapped up in. Dining in Davis is hit and miss but there is an excellent burrito place called Hellbenders that serves great burrito wraps and local brews. Aside from all this the rooms are nothing special, mine had cigarette burns on the comforter, the cold water in the sink didn't work, there was no toilet paper upon arrival (yikes!) and if you choose to bring a laptop for use of their high speed internet, beware that it is not wireless but you can conveniently buy a cable for $3 from the front desk to plug in. Overall the lodges amenities lacked luster, and poor to okay customer service put a damper on things.
I thought the slopes would make up for the lodge but in mid-January the only had a dozen or so trails open. Half of which barely constituted a run. The snow they did have was great, fresh and groomed well but with only two main trails anybody who is above a beginner skier will get bored rather quickly.
Canaan Valley could be a nice place in the summer and that could be where they make most of their money judging by the 'crowd' they had mid-Jan.
If you can manage to get out there when there is a good amount of snowfall AND trails open I bet that place could be killer.
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by andy
January 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm
with fresh management & upgrades planned for next year lets hope for better!..if not, lets protest in front of the WV governers mansion...it's state owned..
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by FOWELROK@HOTMAIL.COM
August 25, 2009 at 5:53 am
WHY VACATION WHEN YOU COULD LIVE HERE!!!
10 MINUTES FROM SLOPES..WE MUST SELL DUE TO JOB CHANGE ONLY. JUST HEAVEN!
WE SADLY ARE HAVING TO SELL OUR HOME.
THERE ARE SO MANY POSSIBILITIES HERE FOR JUST ABOUT ANYONE OR EVEN A COUPLE OF FAMILIES TO SHARE....
WE LIVE ON 4.75 ACRES, BORDERS NATIONAL FOREST, COTTAGE TYPE HOME WITH 3 BEDROOM HOME, 1 BATH, DECK BACK PORCH, PONDS, TONS OF FLOWER GARDEND LINED WITH NATIVE ROCK, THERE IS A 7 YEAR OLD NEVER USED 36X24' HORSE BARN 4 STALL, HUGE RIDING RING. HUGE BEAUTIFUL GREEN YARDS ALL AROUND, LUSH AND MOWED. PROPERTY IS FENCED.
CONVERTEDTWO CAR GARAGE TURNED/
HOBBY SHOP &
WE SHOW PUGS AND FRENCHIES AND RESCUE FROM TIME TO TIME.
THE GARAGE IS HOBBY SHOP ON HALF, DOG RUNS INSIDE ARE 7X4' INSIDE..6-INDOOR 6-OUTDOOR 10'X4'
BUSINESS POSSIBILITIES... KENNEL/DAYCARE ETC., WITH AUTO WATERERS, ELEC., HEAT,& ITS OWN SEPTIC, BLACKBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, APPLE, PEACH, PEAR, HICKORY, CHESTNUT TREES...
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE SO I DON'T HAVE TO LIVE HERE WHILE MY HUSBAND IS COMMUTING WEEKLY.. OUR PRICE IS 160,000. PROPERTY IS BELOW ESTIMATED "COMPAIRING WITH LOCAL PROPERTIES... IT IS A STEAL" IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TOLD. THAT IS WHY I WOULD LIKE TO SELL OUT RIGHT MYSELF NOT REALATOR...
ALL OFFERS CONSIDERD.
Kimberly - posted by Tucker
August 25, 2009 at 4:38 pm
I am interested in more info. I tried your e-mail but can't get through. What is your phone number or do you have a different e-mail.
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by Luke
March 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm
We went weekend of March 6, 2010. Best skiing conditions I have experienced since my childhood in Canada. Short lines, natural snow, friendly staff. I wanted my son to experience this type of skiing and he did.
You can sometimes be the only person in the whole run. This is not possible during daytime on weekends at the 'near-DC' resorts or at Snowshoe. They only run the triple if it is needed. It was only needed for a few hours on Saturday. Again, there is hardly any waiting in line. Overnight, they do a great job of grooming all the runs. In my opinion, natural snow just takes to grooming better than the snowgun stuff. The access to the backcountry trails is also something that generated much interest with the kids. So, I may be able to get them out there or in nearby White Grass on cross-country skis as well. As far as the lodging, I can't speak to it. We stayed in Oakland MD and drove down every morning. Personally, I wasn't interested in being pampered, I just wanted to ski hard for two full days and not wither away in a lift line. Mission accomplished.
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by fishnski
March 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm
Twas a great 2 days..bluebird & great snow galore!!..bet I passed by you a few times!
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by fishnski
March 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Not to mention about the cheapest skiing on the east coast!
Comments on Canaan Valley Resort - posted by fburress
February 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm
This is where you come to ski in the Mid Atlantic. Great snow and great prices. Two days skiing and one night in the lodge for about $150.00 for two people on weekdays. I've been coming here for 20 plus years, have visited most all of the other resorts in the area and I just keep coming back here.
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