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(Anonymous)
December 14, 1999
This is very covenient. I was discussing places to ski with friends of mine around here and they had no idea where we could go. Thanks for servicing us with such an awesome website! I have a question though, Where is the nicest lodging? They are beginners at skiing, so the slopes are not an issue as of yet. I would like to take them to a nice place though. There is nothing worse then staying in a crumby place away from home. I have a preference for a cabin, so if you have any suggestions I am open for them. Thanks!
Jim
December 15, 1999
Member since 11/22/1999 🔗
317 posts
If the whole winter experience is more important than a particular slope AND you really want to get away from it all, I would recommend someplace like Canaan Valley. It's about a 3 to 4 hour drive away and there are a number of nice cabins that can be rented in and around the resorts of Timberline and Canaan Valley (BTW - the entire area is referred to as Canaan Valley, but there is also a ski resort in the national(?)/state(?) park by the same name). While its further away than Whitetail or Ski Liberty, the choices for accomodation and other things to do besides ski are better. Check out the Post's travel section (Sunday's) or the Style section during the week for cabins and condo rentals. They should be starting to advertise around now for winter activities.

Another option is Seven Springs - bigger ski area but more limited options re: housing.

lbotta - DCSki Supporter
December 15, 1999
Member since 10/18/1999 🔗
1,527 posts
Hi rottn

I don't know when you're thinking about going, but if you're talking pre-New Years, the choice is limited. IMHO, Snowshoe is tops for quality and quantity of snow, if you can bear the 4.5 hours to get there. Accomodations at the "Shoe" can range from spartan to luxurious. I would say that you can also get some good beginner skiing later on in the season at Whitetail (1.5 hrs from DC) and Canaan/Timberline (2.5 hrs from DC), and the Canaan area has quite an inventory of available housing. As far as the other areas, and personally, anything less than 600 vertical isn't worth the lift waits. That's not to say they're not good, but after spending a weekend at Wisp and getting an average of one ride per hour, I've given up on them.

If you can get your hands on the December issue of Recreation News, published for the DC area Federal Government employees (no web site, but their email is Recreation_News@mcimail.com), they have an excellent article that rates the DC-area in categories such as challenging trails, beginner runs, uphill transport, etc. The by-line on the article names John Phillips as the author of the Mid-Atlantic Winter Sports Guide published by Beechway Press.

Lou

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