Charleston, WV – Another West Virginia ski resort will be opening this weekend for the 2022/2023 season, as Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County officially begins providing skiing and snowboarding, on Saturday, December 17, while Winterplace Ski Resort in Raleigh County will be offering seven days a week on slope operations, beginning Friday, December 16.
There has been skiing and snowboarding in the West Virginia mountains since Thanksgiving. That is when Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County opened for the season on November 23. Timberline Mountain in Tucker County has been fully operational since December 9. Oglebay Resort in Ohio County is planning to open around Christmas, weather permitting.
With the holiday season beginning at the various ski resorts, the state’s ski industry is prepared to offer the most open terrain of any state in the region. The three-week holiday season (week before Christmas, Christmas week and week after Christmas) contributes up to 35 percent of the various resorts’ yearly revenue.
The West Virginia Ski Areas Association again this season is offering a program to attract young skiers into the winter sport. The program allows any child in the 4th or 5th grade to ski or snowboard for FREE. All of West Virginia’s ski areas, Canaan Valley, Oglebay, Snowshoe, Timberline and Winterplace are accepting the association’s Ski Free 4th and 5th Grade Passport Program.
The Passport may be used to obtain three (3) Junior lift tickets at participating resorts during the 2022-2023 season. Benefits determined by each ski resort.
The ski and snowboard season traditionally, weather permitting, continues from now through early April. 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.