4 most indulgent ways to upgrade your Mountain State ski trip

Resort skiing is the best of 2 extremes– the gritty fun of barrelling down slopes combined with the sheer luxury and comfort of warm lodges, food, drinks and fireplaces.

Fortunately, West Virginia’s ski resorts like Winterplace, Snowshoe and Canaan Valley offer much more than just snowsports.

Here are some of the best ways to add some luxurious comfort to your next ski trip (after you’ve finished shredding down that black diamond mogul run, of course):


Mountain State ski resorts are surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the state. If you’re at Canaan Valley, check out the Golden Anchor restaurant and pub for excellent food, views, and brews.

At Snowshoe? The Foxfire Grill specializes in fruit-wood-smoked meats and Carolina barbecue, or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, take a Polaris Snowcat ride out to the Sunrise Backcountry Hut for a special chef-prepared meal.


Want to go brag about that gnarly jump you landed over some adult beverages? Check out a great aprés-ski (French for “after-skiing”) bar for beer, wine or cocktails! The Sunset Cantina at Snowshoe is the place to go for chips, salsa and frozen margaritas if you’re warm enough to do so! Winterplace’s Snowdrift Lounge features extreme ski videos and beverages.


The polar opposite of a chilly ski day is a hot tub soak, one of the nicest ways to wind down. Check out Snowshoe’s Split Rock pools, a full-on cold-weather waterpark with geysers, slides and heated pools, plus hot tubs and saunas for the adults.


If you’re sore from all those awesome runs down the slopes, never fear! You can indulge in the ultimate relaxation with just about any type of massage imaginable. Both Snowshoe Mountain and Canaan Valley resorts’ spas offer therapeutic, Swedish and hot stone massages. Canaan offers acupuncture, facial treatments and special massages for couples. You’ll be rejuvenated just in time to get on the slopes tomorrow.

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This post was last updated on December 15, 2022