All five of West Virginia’s ski resorts are now open for the season including, Canaan Valley and Timberline in Tucker County, Oglebay in Ohio County, Snowshoe in Pocahontas County and Winterplace in Raleigh County. This fall’s snowfall throughout the state’s mountains has helped cover the resort’s slopes as the all important holiday season quickly approaches. In many places over seven-feet of natural has fallen since October.
Assisting the resort’s snowmakers getting the slopes covered for the holiday period, have been the cold temperatures keeping the snow guns operating around the clock. West Virginia ski areas are now providing the most open terrain in the mid-Atlantic and southeast regions. The snowmakers have been generating manmade blizzards at the resorts, producing 20,000 tons of snow per hour (when combining all five resort’s snowmaking efforts), that’s enough snow to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour. The abundance of snowfall has also benefited the various Nordic areas that offer cross-country and snowshoeing to visitors to the mountains of West Virginia.
Additional skiing and snowboarding terrain, plus snow tubing parks will be opening virtually every day at all of the resorts, weather permitting. The five-month long ski season in West Virginia has an estimated economic impact of over $250 million and 5,000 jobs at the resorts and other related companies.