Snow on the ground. Frost on the windows. A chill in the air. And yet the irony of winter in West Virginia, is just how warm it makes you feel. This is the outdoor playground that you can make all your own. Whether it’s skiing or snowboarding you can find the best on the slopes of Almost Heaven.
A snowboarder in the air at Snowshoe

West Virginia is the prime location in the southeast for skiing and snowboarding, with some of the most challenging trails in the nation. Natural snowmaking, high peaks, long runs and unsurpassed beauty make for a skiing experience like no other.

Whether you like double black-diamond slopes that seem impossibly steep or gently pitched bunny slopes for a more soothing ride, there’s a skiing trail in West Virginia just for you. State-of-the-art snowmaking ensures that downhill runs are always ready, and expert instructors can prepare you to meet that challenge.

Other seasonal recreation— like cross-country skiingsnowshoeinghockey and ice skating— keep resort guests busy. Family-friendly snow tubing lets everyone experience downhill exhilaration, regardless of athletic skills. Each destination offers a spectrum of diversions— snowboard terrain parkshorse-drawn sleigh ridessnowmobile tours, night skiing, racing events and winter festivals, to name a few.

Amenities, too, are exceptional. Dine in restaurants with roaring fireplaces and panoramic views, relax in friendly pubs, or just get cozy in a cabin or lodge room with slope-side access.

For a true resort getaway, visit Snowshoe Mountain Resort. With three distinct areas to ski or snowboard, guests can find a slope suited for them. Afterwards, dine at one of the mountains many restaurants or indulge in an apres-ski cocktail.

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, while a beautiful park in the spring and summer months, transforms into a winter wonderland under a blanket of snow. A modest ski lift makes way for unspoiled fun. Warm up at the lodge with a hot chocolate before hitting the slopes.

A beginner to winter in West Virginia? Or just need a refresher on the slopes? Winterplace is the perfect place to learn! The resort also allows for night skiing on 26 different slopes so the fun can extend after the sun sets on the beautiful mountains of Almost Heaven.

Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County may be best known for their incredible sled run, but don’t pass up a chance to check out the slopes. With 47 trails, there’s enough room to explore for days. Luckily, you can stay right at the resort to do so. No need to worry about equipment either – Canaan Valley’s got you covered with rentals.

Re-opening this winter is Timberline Mountain, a snow-filled paradise in the Canaan Valley region of the state. Over $10 million of capitol improvements have been made to ensure an exciting winter season. A new high speed chair lift has been installed so that guests can spend as little time on the lifts and as much time enjoying the slopes.

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