With just days to go before the opening of the West Virginia ski season, Mother Nature has turned everything white at all of the the state’s ski resorts with a mid-November snow storm. Measureable totals of nearly a half a foot are reported at Canaan Valley and Timberline in Tucker County and Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County. Winterplace in Raleigh County and Oglebay in Ohio County also received a dusting.
Along with the natural snow has come subfreezing temperatures allowing all of the resorts to fire up their snowmaking machines in preperation for the first skiers and snowboarders of the season. All of the resorts have announcing their opening day plans with Snowshoe’s first day being November 26, followed by Timberline on December 4 and Canaan Valley and Winterplace on December 12. Officials at Oglebay are shooting for a mid to late December opening.
West Virginia’s drive-to location is perfect for skiers and riders in the Mid-Atlantic and southeast, allowing snow enthusiasts to take advantage of falling gas prices and skip the high costs and hassles of airline travel.