Canaan Valley Ski Resort

Davis, West Virginia

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Following the widespread timber operations that finally dried up in the 1940s, backcountry skiing got going in Canaan Valley after pilots reported abundant amounts of snow that held strong long into April. Some 30 years ago, 3,000 acres of the wilderness area was donated privately to West Virginia, with the stipulation that the state would pick up the tab and match the acreage, turning the area into a state park. A nine-hole golf course was erected first, and the resort’s first ski trails and chair lifts were open for business shortly after in 1971 here in the highest valley east of the Mississippi. The ski area is part of a 6,000-acre state park that features the country’s second largest inland wetland—home to white-tail deer, black bear, fox, wild turkey, beaver, and waterfowl. And, a handful of years ago, the nation’s 500th wildlife preserve was established just minutes from the resort. This eTrail contains a thorough description of the resort including driving directions, mountain statistics, trail profiles, extensive lodging & dining information, travel tips, and much more.
Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic

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Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic

by John Phillips (Falcon Guides)

Following the widespread timber operations that finally dried up in the 1940s, backcountry skiing got going in Canaan Valley after pilots reported abundant amounts of snow that held strong long into April. Some 30 years ago, 3,000 acres of the wilderness area was donated privately to West Virginia, with the stipulation that the state would pick up the tab and match the acreage, turning the area into a state park. A nine-hole golf course was erected first, and the resort’s first ski trails and chair lifts were open for business shortly after in 1971 here in the highest valley east of the Mississippi.

The ski area is part of a 6,000-acre state park that features the country’s second largest inland wetland—home to white-tail deer, black bear, fox, wild turkey, beaver, and waterfowl. And, a handful of years ago, the nation’s 500th wildlife preserve was established just minutes from the resort. This eTrail contains a thorough description of the resort including driving directions, mountain statistics, trail profiles, extensive lodging & dining information, travel tips, and much more.

©  John Phillips/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
Nearby City: Davis
Vertical Drop: 850
Season: December to late March
Trailhead Elevation: 3,430 feet
Top Elevation: 4,280 feet
Additional Use: Ice Skating, Skiing, Snowboarding
Local Contacts: All contact information for the resort, services, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Canaan Valley Ski Resort

Recent Trail Reviews

1/15/2007
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Canaan is a wonderful resort. Even though when I was there it was raining, sleeting, and snowing for 2 out of 3 days, I had a great time. The instructors were excellent.( I was just learning when I went 2 years ago) The runs were excellent. It's an all-around really great resort.



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