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!