There’s still time! 4 winter trips to squeeze in
Never fear, winter people! There is still time for winter sports in the Mountain State.
In fact, the ski season in our high country often lasts well into March.
In case you haven’t already, here are 4 fun trips that you can still cram into your late-winter schedule:
1. Night Ski at Winterplace
Winterplace Resort is West Virginia’s most accessible ski resort. If you’re in Lewisburg, Princeton, Beckley or even Charleston, skiing Winterplace can literally be an after-work activity. It’s also the only resort in the state that is able to cover all of its slopes with artificial snow from its blowers.
With the longest ski days in the southeast, nearly all of Winterplace’s runs are lined with high-powered lights. This means that even as the season starts warming up and winding down, you can ski on fresh, soft snow to your heart’s content on cold nights.
But don’t wait too long. Winterplace usually wraps up in March!
2. Cross Country at White Grass
White Grass is a rarity: a full-service ski resort, but for the more laid-back cross country skiing.
They’ve got a rental and ski shop, a great restaurant/bar, and more than 15 miles of groomed trails for all levels and styles of cross-country skiers– beginner to expert, skate to telemark. And if you don’t mind leaving the groomers, the resort is adjacent to a huge complex of wilderness trails in the Dolly Sods area.
White Grass’s “snow farmers” are experts at getting the most out of the late season snow. With a series of wind fences and groomers, they keep snow on the ground usually well into March.
3. Winter Hike in the New River Gorge
New River Gorge National Park has plenty of trails that are easily hikeable in the winter, with the right equipment.
Even if there’s just 6 inches of snow on the ground, the 3-mile Endless Wall loop is flat and open enough to get around. If there is slightly less snow (or you are more adventurous), the 5-mile round-trip hike out to Long Point will be an expedition to remember.
You and your hiking partners (buddy system, guys!) will almost certainly have either of these trails to yourself. And, if you’ve never seen the astounding views of the 1000-foot New River Gorge as it’s coated in wintery white, you’re definitely missing out. Just dress warm, and don’t get too close to slippery cliff edges!
4. Take in the High Country at Snowshoe
We’re saving the best for last.
Snowshoe, West Virginia’s biggest and highest ski resort, is planning on staying open for the 2016 season until March 27. With nearly 1,500 feet of elevation drop, snowmaking capabilities and 3 major areas to ski, this will most likely be Old Man Winter’s last snowy holdout in West Virginia.
Celebrate it right with their wild end-of-season pond skimming: an odd spectacle that blends skiing/snowboarding with crazy costumes and some really cold water.
Ski, stay, and enjoy it, because spring is right around the corner!
Have you gotten your fill of winter sports yet in West Virginia?
This post was last updated on October 19, 2017