Winter West Virginia: Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing

You realize you don't have to book a flight to become airborne.

Fantastic skiing doesn’t require a long flight, or for that matter, a long drive. West Virginia offers unforgettable skiing adventures for every skill level and thrilling snow sports the whole family will love. Factor in West Virginia's fantastic mountain resorts and legendary hospitality, and you just may never ski anywhere else.

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Winter Fun
Are you an adrenaline junkie who loves the exhilaration of snowboarding or downhill skiing? Do you prefer the quiet solitude of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing through the woods? Or are you the fun-loving type who goes for a laughter-filled race on inner tubes? West Virginia ski resorts like Canaan Valley, Snowshoe Mountain, Winterplace, Oglebay and Timberline offer a variety of activities that are sure to please all ages and skill levels. Then, after an invigorating day on the slopes, kick back and relax with a great meal and a warm fireplace at lodging accommodations that range from rustic to luxurious.

Ski Discount Packages and Seasonal & Holiday Packages make planning the perfect West Virginia winter vacation or weekend getaway affordable.

From exhilarating snow sports to winter festivals, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow tubing, hockey, ice skating and more, there’s no better time to come see what makes a trip to West Virginia so wild and wonderful!

Downhill Skiing
Whether you like double black-diamond slopes that seem impossibly steep or gently pitched bunny slopes for a more soothing ride, there’s a trail in West Virginia just for you. Trained instructors can help get you down the mountain like a pro. If you can’t get enough skiing during the day, all four major resorts – Snowshoe, Canaan Valley, Timberline and Winterplace – offer night skiing, too.

While this extreme sport certainly takes some getting used to, it is no longer solely in the realm of daredevil teenagers. If tricks and stunts are your thing, Winterplace, Timberline, and Snowshoe all have terrain parks built with challenging obstacles galore.

Cross-Country Skiing
Heavy snows turn pastures and woodlands into endless trails for Nordic enthusiasts at Canaan Valley, Timberline and Snowshoe resorts. Snowshoeing and cross-country trails, lessons and equipment sales and rental are also available at Elk River Touring Center near Snowshoe and White Grass Ski Touring Center and Blackwater Outdoor Adventures in Canaan.

Snow Tubing
The slopes may not be as challenging, but the pure childlike glee you get snow tubing as rewarding. Headfirst, feet first or spinning in circles, it’s an activity the whole family can enjoy. Don’t worry about trudging back up the hill. Winterplace, Canaan Valley and Snowshoe have lifts just for tubers.

Cozy Cabins
Travelers in West Virginia will find a variety of cabins to rent, from gas-lit pioneer cabins to air-conditioned modern ones. Sit by the fire or soak in a hot tub as you enjoy a relaxing getaway near some of the state’s finest attractions and outdoor recreational opportunities. Search our regional cabin rental directory for more information.

Locations for skiing in West Virginia - zoom for details

  1. Tygart River Outfitters

    Paintball field Shuttle service from the river back to Audra Park for those owning their own kayak and gear. Kayaks, rafts, tube, rental...

    City: Volga

  2. Elk River Touring Center

    Cross-Country Skiing Terrain: 40 km maintained, 5 km machine groomed when possible  Access to: Monongahela National Forest, Cranberry...

    City: Slatyfork

  3. Canaan Valley Resort State Park

    See current SNOW REPORT Top Elevation: 4,280 feet Vertical: 850 feet Longest Run: 6,000 feet Skiing Terrain: 37 trails and...

    City: Davis

  4. Timberline Four Seasons Resort

    See current SNOW REPORT Top Elevation: 4,628 feet Vertical: 1,000 feet Longest Run: 2 miles Skiing Terrain: 37 trails and...

    City: Davis

  5. Winterplace Ski Resort

    See current SNOW REPORT Top Elevation: 3,600 feet Vertical: 603 feet Longest Run: 1.25 miles Skiing Terrain: 27 Trails Lifts: 2...

    City: Ghent

  6. Snowshoe Mountain Resort

    See current SNOW REPORT Top Elevation: 4,848 feet Vertical: 1,500 feet Longest Run: 1.5 miles Skiing Terrain: 60 trails and slopes,...

    City: Snowshoe

  7. White Grass

    Daily Conditions Report Cross-Country Skiing Terrain: 50 km maintained, 30 km machine groomed Access to: Monongahela National Forest,...

    City: Canaan Valley

  8. Oglebay Resort

    2013 - 2014 OPENING DAY SCHEDULED FOR MID DECEMBER Top Elevation: 815 feet Vertical: 168 feet Longest Run: 815 feet Skiing Terrain:...

    City: Wheeling

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