Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area to Open Advanced Runs This Weekend




It’s that time of year.  Time to think about SKI VACATIONS!  With the Polar Vortex touching down across the USA it’s time to start thinking about where to ski.  Canaan Valley Resort, in West Virginia is a great place for the whole family to ski and vacation.


On December 14, 2016, thanks to the combination of significantly increased snowmaking abilities and several days of chilly temperatures, Canaan Valley Resort skiers can defy Gravity the ski area’s most advanced run, this weekend. Also this weekend, the ski area will open two other advanced runs – Lower Canaan Curve and Upper Spruce – bringing its early-season skiable terrain to 13 slopes and trails.


This is the earliest in the season that Gravity has been open, at least as far as long-time staff and general manager Steve Drumheller can remember. It is also easily the earliest in the resort’s 45-year history that so many trails and slopes have been opened with man-made snow.


“We could not have picked a better year to double our snowmaking capacity with a couple of welcome blasts of cold air coming to us from the north,” said Drumheller. “Our highly caffeinated mountain staff has been working around the clock to get the mountain skier-ready, and the skiers who hit the mountain last weekend were clearly appreciative of their efforts.”


The resort’s ice skating rink is also open, and the cross-country ski area will open by the holiday weekend – or earlier, if conditions permit.


The resort’s open runs and other slope conditions are listed on the website.


Snowmaking and other improvements

Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, Canaan Valley Resort made major ski area enhancements this year including the addition of equipment that doubled the resort’s snowmaking capacity; purchasing new downhill and cross country skis, snowboards and ice skating rental equipment; and creating a new out-of-bounds cross country ski trail on the back side of the mountain.


More about Canaan Valley Resort

Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area is in the highest mountain valley to the east of the Rocky Mountains and is known for breathtaking views of the mountainous region. The ski resort has a summit elevation of 4,280 feet above sea level, 91 skiable acres, four lifts – one quad, two triples and a magic carpet – a terrain park and ski school. With 47 trails and slopes, the Critters Crawl beginner area – a dedicated beginner instruction trail serviced by its own magic carpet – and ski school for private and group lessons, Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area offers a memorable winter adventure for every skier and snowboarder.


To reserve accommodations, visit or call 1-800-622-4121.




5 comments for “Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area to Open Advanced Runs This Weekend

  1. Lynne B
    December 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I’ll have to tell my cousin about this resort. He and his family love to ski.

  2. Michelle Elizondo
    February 24, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I want to go here.

  3. Amber Ludwig
    March 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Looks like an awesome place to go!! We love getting out even when its cold!! We’d love to take our kiddo skiing!!

  4. Linda Manns Linneman
    July 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    This sounds like a great place to go skiing. I hope you enjoyed your time there. God Bless

  5. John Smith
    December 29, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    It sounds like they are packed with improvements for the ski season!

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