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Canaan Valley plans “Wild Thing Weekend”

West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort will transform the slopes to a “family-oriented Mardi Gras on snow” Feb. 22-24 as the resort hosts its 5th Annual Wild Thing Weekend.

“It seems that folks start to get a touch of cabin fever at this point in the season,” explained Steve Logue, Managing Director for Canaan Valley Resort. “Wild Thing Weekend promises a great atmosphere to let loose and have fun with the family.”

The main celebrations will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, with costumed skiing; ski, tube, and snowboard races for all ages, and the infamous “pond jump.” Other activities will include King and Queen coronations, a pie auction, and a frozen t-shirt contest.

For additional information on the weekend or for reservations, please contact Canaan Valley at (800) 622-4121 or visit

Snowshoe updates

February has been a good month for Snowshoe Mountain Resort. So far this month, the West Virginia Resort has received over 29 inches of natural snow, supplemented by plenty of snowmaking. (The picture to the right, provided by Snowshoe’s Joe Stevens, shows what the snow looked like on Sunday.)

With a base average of 32-54” and 100% of trails open, Snowshoe has decided to keeps the slopes open until Sunday, April 7, conditions permitting. So there’s plenty of time left in the season.

Snowshoe has also begun to allow season pass holders from other resorts to ski for free when they stay at the resort. Stevens indicates that to get the free tickets, you must purchase two or more nights midweek lodging and mention to the reservationist that you have a season pass from another resort. Each person staying has to have a season pass, which you’ll need to show at check-in. Lodging deals are already at reduced rates and will last through March 7. Snowshoe’s reservation line is at (877) 441-4386, or visit

Finally, if you saw the Olympic opening ceremonies, you might have recognized the name of one of the seven athletes carrying the Olympic flag. Frenchman Jean Claude Killy was the first skier to win three gold medals in a single Olympics, sweeping the men’s alpine events in 1968 in Grenoble, France. Four years later, he helped to design Cupp Run, the signature expert trail at Snowshoe. The 1-mile long Cupp Run falls offers a vertical of 1,500 feet - higher than any other trail in the region.

About M. Scott Smith

M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.

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