Canaan Valley Resort Announces 2008/2009 Season Plans

Bryan Brown
Brown Communications LLC
(304) 546-5500

Great Values, Great Snow and Fun Put Canaan Valley Resort On Top
Tentative opening date set for December 12

Davis, West Virginia (Winter 2008-2009) – Canaan Valley Resort ( is gearing up for the winter snow season with upgraded programs, new entertainment and a revised rate structure that will take a bit of the pinch out of budget tightening and add smiles to the faces of everyone looking for a winter getaway.

“For more than 35 years, Canaan Valley Resort has been a favorite for families who love winter sports and who want to spend time together in a fun-filled atmosphere,” said David Bostic, general manager. “We’re proud of that reputation and we’re constantly looking for ways to make sure we stay one of the best winter vacation values on the East Coast.”

Guests at Canaan Valley Resort will find that the Terrain Park is bigger than ever, said Bostic. “We’re incorporating a full-range of obstacles and features that will add to the fun of skiing or boarding.” Additionally, Canaan continues to be one of only a few resorts in the country to offer snow body boarding. “It’s a great winter sport because anyone, regardless of age, can enjoy the experience with only an hour of instruction,” said Bostic.

The resort has also enhanced its emphasis on skiing instruction for children and adults. Child and junior learn-to-ski programs are available through the resort’s ski school with both private and group lesson options. The resort’s Kidz Korner program is available for children ages 2-6, and allows parents to enjoy some time on the slopes while their children are being entertained safely indoors.

Family entertainment programs are a hallmark of the resort’s weekend packages. This year, the American Mountain Theater ( will host performances on Jan. 24, 25 and 31 and Feb. 7, 14 and 28. Visit the resort during these dates for some foot-tapping, hand-clapping music and comedy reviews. The annual Wild Thing Weekend is set for March 7.

The resort tentatively plans to open the Ski Area and the Snow Tube Park, with 600 feet of tubing runs, on December 12, 2008. To celebrate the ski area’s 37th year in operation, discount lodge rates of $37 per night, as well as $37 lift ticket/ski rental combo tickets, will be offered the weekend of December 12-14, 2008.

The resort has a Value Season that runs from opening through December 25, and from March 9 – 22. During Value Season, and weekdays during Prime Season, lift ticket rates are $30 for adults and $22 for children. Prime Season runs from January 1, 2009 through March 8, 2009. During prime season weekends, the Christmas week holiday, Martin Luther King weekend and Presidents weekend, the lift ticket rate is $49 for adults and $44 for children.

Canaan will offer a variety of promotions this season to help budget conscience skiers. West Virginia residents can receive special rates on Wednesdays throughout the ski season and Fridays are College Days, when students with valid college identification can get discounted rates. Members of the military (active and retired) receive a 20% discount on all winter recreation Monday-Friday and a 10% discount on weekends with proper identification (lodging discounts are also available). Visitors celebrating a birthday throughout the ski season will receive a free lift ticket for that day when proper identification is shown.

Canaan will partner with its neighbor, Timberline Resort, to again offer a Ski the Valley Pass. This two-day lift ticket allows guests at either resort to ski both mountains when and how they want. The Value Season weekday and weekend price for the Ski the Valley Pass is $53 and $60, respectively. During Prime Season, the cost is $65 during the week and $98 on the weekends. The Ski the Valley Pass may be purchased at either ski resort ticket window.

“Canaan Valley Resort is breathtaking any time of the year and winter is no exception,” said Bostic. “The resort state park is nestled among more than 6,000 acres of state park land in the Allegheny Mountains and borders the Monongahela National Forest.”

“It’s an accessible snow resort for many as well,” he said. “Canaan Valley is less than 4 hours from many Mid-Atlantic seaboard cities and only 165 miles from Dulles Airport, outside of Washington DC. Guests may also choose to arrive through the Elkins Randolph County Airport that is less than 40 miles away.”

Canaan Valley Resort offers downhill skiing and snowboarding on 91 acres with a vertical drop of 850 feet and the longest run at 6,000 feet. The resort also offers snow body boarding (Airboarding), snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and a full-size ice skating rink. Night skiing and night snow tubing are available on Friday and Saturday evenings. The resort also offers a complete line of gear rentals.

With 250 guest rooms, including several executive king rooms and suites, and more than 20 secluded cabins and cottages, the resort offers a good range of lodging options. When it’s time to relax, enjoy the amenities of the Beech Club with an indoor lap pool, sauna, fitness room and whirlpool spa. Massage services are available on request.

Canaan Valley Resort is located in Davis, W. Va., which was ranked one of the top ten ski towns in the nation by Men’s Journal in 2005. For additional information or reservations, contact Canaan Valley Resort at 800-622-4121 or visit the website at