News Briefs 8
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Canaan Valley Resort adds Geocaching, Eurobungy, and Climbing Wall to Summer Menu

The new Climbing Wall and Eurobungy at Canaan Valley Resort. Photo provided by Canaan Valley Resort.

West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort has added a trio of new activities to its summer menu. Visitors will now be able to participate in Geocaching games, using a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) unit to hunt out “cache” sites. The resort has hidden five cache sites across the expansive State Park property, and will provide the cache coordinates and rental GPS units for $u per half day or $12 per full day. There is no charge for individuals who bring their own GPS units.

“We are thrilled to offer the Geocaching Program at Canaan,” said Kevin Fish, General Manager at the resort. “This is a techno treasure hunt and fits perfectly with our guest’s desire to engage in fun activities that allow them to explore the area.”

The resort has also purchased a Climbing Wall and Eurobungy. The 24-foot Climbing Wall will accommodate three climbers at once, while the Eurobungy will offer guests high-flying action and the ability to test their jumping skills. The cost of each activity is $7.50.

Canan Valley Resort also plans to provide chairlift harnesses for mountain bikes beginning inn early May.

For more information, call 800-622-4121 or visit

Bill Rock to Serve as General Manager at Snowshoe

Bill Rock, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Colorado’s Durango Resort, is heading east - to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. After May 13, 2005, Rock will serve as General Manager of Snowshoe. Prior to working at Durango, Rock work for five years at Stratton Mountain, a Vermont resort owned by Intrawest, the parent company of Snowshoe. Rock began his career at Bristol Mountain.

The move will allow Rock and his family to be closer to family.

“I love the people and the town of Durango, but I can’t pass up this opportunity to join the industry leader,” said Rock. “And now that we have children, my wife and I are also excited to be closer to our families on the east coast.”

Jack Frost to host 19th Annual Pocono’s Irish and Celtic Festival

Pennsylvania’s Jack Frost Mountain will present Irish musicians, traditions, crafts and edibles during the Celtic/Irish festival, scheduled for May 28-29, 2005. Nationally acclaimed musicians such as Cathie Ryan, The Saw Doctors, Andy Cooney, and Enter the Haggis are scheduled to perform. The festival will be held under cover, rain or shine.

Gate prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children age 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Adult and senior tickets purchased in advance are $8 per person; they can be purchased on-line at

For more information, call 800-468-2442.

Snowshoe’s Spruce Lodge Demolished to Make Room for New Construction

On Saturday, April 16, 2005, contractors began demolishing Spruce Lodge at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The slope-side lodge, originally built in the mid-1970’s, has hosted nearly a million overnight guests to the resort.

The demolition of Spruce Lodge will make room for Expedition Station, Snowshoe’s newest mountaintop village. Expedition Station will feature 100 units, and all 100 units were sold out in less than four hours in early March. Expedition Station is expected to open during the summer of 2006. In addition to featuring 100 lodging units, the new building will house a new rental and retail location.

For more information, visit

Spruce Lodge Comes Down. Photo provided by Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
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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Reader Comments

April 24, 2005
Isn't Joe stevens the general manager? Inquiring minds want to know!
April 24, 2005
Joe Stevens is the director of communications. I think it's also neat that Canaan is adding more summer amenities, but $7.50 for a trip up the climbing wall is steep. Why drive four hours when there are pleanty of gyms (or rock faces, for that matter) much closer to DC?
April 24, 2005
Hi Jarrett. I don't think the climbing wall is meant as a main draw; it's just one additional activity that folks can participate in while at Canaan Valley (along with all the other activities, such as mountain biking, hiking, etc.)
April 25, 2005
Looks like my college friends and I will be staying at the Inn At Snowshoe not that everything on top will be $$$ :- -- what a shame.
April 25, 2005
Bill Rock,

Don't do to Snowshoe what Intrawest did to Stratton. $73 Saturday lift tickets and $60 Weekday tickets (2002 prices, maybe more now). With those type of prices I won't ever ski Stratton again.
DC shredder
May 8, 2005
Anyone heard anything about the two new possible resorts in Canaan Valley?
Spruce Lodge R.I.P.
May 27, 2005
Closing the Spruce Lodge is very sad to me. I stayed there almost everytime. I don't expect to make multiple trips a year at Snowshoe any longer. One a year now if lucky. Bill Rock is correct, Snowshoe is turning into the Stratton of the South. I'm so pissed. Grrrrrr
Interested Reader
June 26, 2005
Thank god Spruce lodge is down! Those that are pissed by prgress need to go to Winterplace and ski. Leave Snowshoe alone and stop your complaining all the time. That place rocks and there are still plenty of places to stay. Find a cheaper sport and stop standing in the way of progress. Grrrrrr

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