The Ultimate Winter Playground for the Whole Family

Oct 15, 2019

In West Virginia’s beautiful Canaan Valley, you and your family will enjoy a winter wonderland of snow, smiles, and laughter. From skiing to snowboarding to snow tubing, ice skating, and so much more, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Your stay in the valley puts you near the White Grass Ski Touring Center, where you will enjoy some of the most exciting cross country skiing in the eastern part of the United States. Here’s a look at the top activities to partake in when staying in the highest mountain valley east of the Rockies.

Snow Tubing

The Canaan Valley Ski Resort is a go-to destination for those who want to hit the slopes on a tube. Your two-hour session passes give you full access to 1,200 feet of multi-lane snow tubing runs. Vending concessions along with restrooms are available in the snow tubing area — and there’s also an outdoor fire ring. It’s perfect for kids and teens, but do keep in mind that there is a minimum age of four and a height requirement of 42″ to go snow tubing.

Ice Skating

An outdoor, covered ice rink makes your stay in the Canaan Valley all the more fun. Since the rink is directly behind the main lodge building, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the 3,100-feet-high Alleghany Mountains during your skate. If you get chilly, you can head over to the outdoor fireplace.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Voted Best in the Region for skiing, the White Grass Ski Touring Center has healthy, inexpensive activities like cross-country skiing for you and the family to partake in. If you enjoy snowshoeing, you’ll want to visit White Grass to take advantage of its 160 inches of annual, powdery fluff.

The facility was originally built in 1959 and was named the Weiss Knob Ski Area. It has more than 37 miles of maintained trails and 1,200 vertical feet of high country to cross country ski on.

Black Water Falls Sled Run

Also nearby is the Black Water Falls Sled Run, which is the longest sled run found on the east coast. At a quarter-mile long — that’s almost as much as four whole football fields! — this will be the best sled ride your kids will have ever had. The park recently installed new lighting and performed other upgrades to improve its functionality and safety.

The Takeaway

The Canaan Valley is the ultimate winter playground for the whole family. Come join us for the winter season to enjoy all kinds of fun-filled activities and top-rated lodging.