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Canaan Valley Resort

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Canaan Valley for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 

Canaan Valley Resort is now closed for the 2013-2014 ski season. Dates of operation were Saturday, December 7 to Sunday, March 23.
2012-13 Ski Season: Wednesday, December 26 (or Saturday December 29?) until Sunday, March 17. (Later than normal opening date due to mild weather.)
Daily snowfall and snow depth reports (this is the gold standard from a local weather buff in nearby Canaan Heights, WV): Canaan Valley Snowfall
Also, the Whitegrass conditions page is useful.
NOAA Point Forecast - 1 (approximate ski area location)
NOAA Point Forecast - 2 (Davis, WV, closest town)


Davis, WV weather (a bit warmer than at the mountain):

Average snowfall is 180 inches (http://data.canaanmtnsnow.com/)
For the weather and climate geeks (NOAA/Caanan Valley Institute Research Paper discussing some unique climate features of the area): PDF on Canaan Valley Climate



Windwood Fly-In Resort (if you are a pilot)


Elkins-Randolph County Airport


Dulles International Airport


Ronald Regan Washington National Airport

Driving directions per Canaan Valley's web site.

General driving tips:

  • Don't trust GPS when driving in West Virginia. Many devices have been known to direct drivers via unplowed dirt roads through wilderness areas. Exercise your brain and ditch the box.
  • Depending upon your route, gas stations may be far between. So make sure you have adequate gas. From DC, gas stations can be located in Strasburg (US-48/VA-55 just off I-81); Wardensville, WV; Moorefield, WV; end of Corridor H in Bismarck, WV (take a short back-track to the right); Davis, WV; Canaan Valley, WV.
  • During storms, it is often best to stay low in the valleys, if possible. The higher elevations are more subject to drifting snow, cross winds and reduced visibility. WV-93 can be a tricky road in poor conditions, despite being relatively flat. (The WV-93 section is relatively short.)
  • Once you've made the climb up to Davis/Canaan Valley, the roads are relatively flat to the ski areas. However, some rental houses near Timberline have steep unpaved climbs to the houses and 4WD may be needed at times. (The house descriptions should specify this.)
  • Timberline, Whitegrass and Canaan Valley ski areas are a 10 minute drive from each other.


From DC Area:

In November of 2013, a new section of WV Corridor H has opened, further reducing the time from the DC area. From the Beltway and I-66, (assuming no rush hour traffic and clear roads), the trip is 2.5 to 2.75 hours. As mentioned above, the WV-93 section at the end of Corridor H can be tricky, depending upon the weather.


Name Description

Canaan Valley Resort Lodge



The resort has 250 guest rooms and suites and 23 private cabins and cottages.


Canaan Valley Resort Cabins and Cottages


A campground is also available  
Timberline Four Seasons Reality Rentals of private homes, condos and townhouses throughout the area.




Canaan Valley Ski Area: The Bear Paw Food Court


Canaan Valley Ski Area: Caffe Siena

Canaan Valley Ski Area: Quenchers Pub


Canaan Valley Ski Area: The Laurel Lounge & Valley View Grill


Canaan Valley Lodge: Hickory Dining Room


Canaan Valley Golf Course Clubhouse: Clubhouse Grill



Timberline Ski Area: Timbers Pub and Fireside Grill (Upper level in Timberline's lodge.) Menu Live music.
Timberline Ski Area: Timberhaus Cafeteria (Main level in Timberline's lodge.)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): White Grass Cafe   (Winter only. Lunch: Daily; Dinner: Friday and Saturday/Holidays. Reservations no longer required for dinner.)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Sirianni's Pizza and Cafe (304) 866-3388 (On Route 32 towards Davis)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Deerfield Village Resort Restaurant

Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Big John's Family Fixin's (On Route 32 towards Davis) (304) 866-4418

Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Amelia's (At Winwood Fly-In Resort)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Breakfast Nook
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Piccalo Paula's (On Route 32 towards Davis) 304-866-3825
Canaan Valley (near ski areas) Subway (On Route 32, located in BFS gas station)
Canaan Valley (near ski areas) Trail Mix (At T-Intersection on Timberline Road) 304-866-7080
Canaan Valley (near ski areas): Big Al's Pub and Grubberia (near Ski Barn, on Route 32 towards Harmon) Closed. Par for the course for this location.
Dryfork, WV: Golden Anchor Restaurant  (Seafood and more.)
Davis, WV: Sirianni's Pizza and Cafe (304) 259-5454
Davis, WV: Muttley's Downtown Bar and Grill  (Steaks are a specialty.)
Davis, WV: Restaurant at Blackwater Falls State Park
Davis, WV Boomtown Java
Thomas, WV: Blackwater Brewery and Restaurant (German, Italian and more.)
Thomas, WV: Purple Fiddle Cafe (Live music.)
Thomas, WV Tip Top  Coffe Shop - Bar - Cafe
Thomas, WV Flying Pigs Cafe 304-463-4292




Canaan Valley Resort is now closed for the 2013-2014 ski season. Dates of operation were Saturday, December 7 to Sunday, March 23.



2013 - 2014 Lift Ticket Rates

Ski The Valley  Combined Timberline and Canaan Valley lift tickets.
Liftopia often has great deals for Canaan Valley lift tickets.
Liftopia often has great deals for Canaan Valley lift tickets.

Below are more details on what's new and exciting this winter (2012-2013):

• Upgraded snow-making system

• New Tubing Park with ticketing area
- Expanded number of lanes (10+) and longer lanes (1,200' long)
- Magic Carpet tube tow to the top of the tubing hill & new Warming Hut with concessions

• New Beginner Ski Slope
- Dedicated ski school teaching area
- Magic Carpet for beginner teachings

• Renovated Base Facilities
• New Warming Areas
• Ski Lift Renovations/Repairs
• Renovation of Ski Patrol Building
• Parking Lot Drainage Improvements



2013 - 2014 Rental Equipment Rates

2013 - 2014 Lesson Rates

2013 - 2014 Snow Tubing Rates 


Good: low-angle wide-open powder skiing in The Meadows for skiers of all abilities.
Better: steeper lines on Gravity and C lift line.
Best: some stealth tree skiing.





Canaan Valley Resort

Location: Canaan Valley, WV (12 miles south of Davis, WV) Annual Snowfall: 150-200+ inches Vertical Drop: 850 feet Elevation: 4280 feet (summit), 3430 feet (base) Typical Season: Mid/Late December to mid March Trails/Skiable Acres: 42 trails (~12 primary paths down from summit) Lifts: 3 fixed grip chairlifts, 1 magic carpet Most Expensive Lift Ticket: $54 adult, $44 (12 and under) Children: Kids Korner (ages 2-6), Lessons (3 years minimum age), All Day Programs Backcountry/Special: Backcountry access (touring) and limited side country Night Skiing: Fri - Sat (peak season only), Holiday Periods Terrain Park: 1 small park Web Site: http://canaanresort.com/winter/ Perched on the northern edge of the Monongahela National Forest, 3,200' above sea level, Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center boasts over 6,000 acres of woodlands, meadows, hills, and streams, and is minutes from the Nation's 500th Federal Wildlife Refuge. Downhill skiers of all levels will enjoy the slopes at Canaan Valley Resort. The 37 slopes include 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate and 30 percent advanced runs. With a vertical drop of 850 feet and the longest run at 6,000 feet, the experience can be as challenging as guests want it to be. Night Skiing offered Thursday - Sunday (Prime Season) and special holiday nights. Excellent back-country access for telemark and AT skiers. Single lift rides offered. On a mid-week powder day, you can have the area to yourself. And I have. :) Some excellent tree skiing. Not as steep as neighboring Timberline, but much less skier traffic.

Snow making percent75% of trails
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts5
Lifts-Total lift capacity6,000 per hour
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park1
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest runGravity/Upper C Lift Line
Runs-Longest runDark Side of the Moon
General-Base elevation3430 ft
General-Vertical drop850 ft
General-Mountain rangeAllegheny
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country accessYes, mostly touring but some side country. No gates.
General-Total area in bounds
General-Snow making coverage75% of trails
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Variety of trails, Sufficient Beginner terrain, Excellent resort accomodations

Cons: Funky trail layout, Lack of true Expert runs

Located in the micro-climate sweet spot of Canaan Valley in WV where the resort receives and average snowfall of 180in per year, an Alpine climate at the summit, where you can carve through knee deep snow, ski down a 850 ft Vertical Drop, make sharp turns down two new gladed areas for 2015/2016, get gnarly on a sweet new terrain park, and live it up at their fantastic resort accomodations! 


PROS: A good mountain with a nice variety of trails ranging from beginner to expert.  It is a good mountain for families and to learn how to ski.  The views from the summit are quite picturesque.  The Vertical Drop is 850ft and the lifts will get you back up on the mountain quickly for another run.  Their snowmaking is pretty good and they can get their snow guns blasting to open up terrain quickly.  Canaan Valley Resort is slated to open up two new gladed areas for the 2015/2016 season.  Their terrain park built for the 2014/2015 terrain park is pretty solid with a good amount of features.  The new resort accommodations are top notch and feature a restaurant, cafe, indoor swimming pool and hot tubs, an arcade, and a pub for nightlife. 


CONS: The expert trails are not really that challenging for real expert skiers but they do make you feel good after you ace them!  They are a good challenge for up and coming skiers though! The layout of the resort is a bit funky and challenging to navigate the first few times when skiing from the summit.  After the first few times then one gets the hang of it!  


THE RUN DOWN:  It's a 3 hour drive to Canaan Valley from Washington, DC (along I-66W then the Rt48/55 Corridor H Highway) and it's well worth to experience some real ski country without having to go to Vermont or deal with the expensive money pit which is Snowshoe Resort.  It's definitely worth going to Canaan Valley to experience what it has to offer!  When in the Canaan Valley area I like to also visit Timberline Resort ($20 Lift tickets with a Student ID, 150-200in of annual snow, has great tree skiing!).  Timberline is a 13 minute drive from Canaan Valley Resort and when combined, they offer over 80 trails which is more than Snowshoe (and still cost less on lift tickets haha) and is on par with Vermont/New Hampshire resorts.


My Timberline Resort Review:  http://www.epicski.com/products/timberline-four-seasons-resort/reviews/3558




RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE: The nearby towns of Davis & Thomas offer some great options such as Hellbenders Burritos, Sirianni’s Café for excellent pizza, Blackwater Brewing Co. for a some great microbrews and pub fare, and The Flying Pigs for a delicious breakfast to start your next ski day! The Purple Fiddle is an excellent pub for nightlife, great local micro brews (some for just $3!), and live music. It's wild & wonderful out here in WV and you have to experience it for yourself!






Pros: Short Lift Lines

Cons: Lodging Options

         Keep an eye on the weather. This area is known for getting blasted by lake effect snow which makes for some great powder days. A 2 day lift ticket can be had for $40 or so bucks if you but it online in advance. Great weekday specials also. I have been skiing there since 1988. The longest I have ever waited in a lift line was 5 minutes. Usually you ski down and get on the lift and go right back up.If you go there during the week it's not unusual to have only 25 or 30 people on the entire mountain. Compared to Snowshoes $75 lift tickets and 30 minute waits in line this place is a bargin. I get more runs in here in 2 hours than a full day at Snowshoe. The only downside is they built a new lodge here and there room prices have really gone up. There are a few different places to stay if you know the area and where to look.


Pros: Abundant snowfall, affordable, lack of crowds, family friendly, back-country access

Cons: No slopeside lodging, inefficient management, funky layout

This is the place to go for mid-week powder turns in virtual solitude. Less crowded than nearby Timberline. In general, less steep but some excellent powder stashes and tree skiing with much less competition for untracked snow. A bit less vertical drop than Timberline. Lifts are slow.


Single lift rides available for backcountry access.


Very nice, separated beginners area.


Affordable vacation.


More non-skiing activities than Timberline: tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, air boarding, XC skiing.


Warning: accommodations at the Canaan Valley Lodge are several miles away, not slopeside.


The base infrastructure is reminiscent of quality Soviet-era styling. But it is roomier than that at Timberline.


There is a bit of a climb to access the lowest lift from the base lodge area.


The area is owned by the state of West Virginia and operated by a contractor. As a result, it is not the most efficient operation.