Charleston, WV – Two more West Virginia ski resorts will be open for the 2023/2024 season this Saturday, December 16, as Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County and Winterplace Ski Resort in Raleigh County will start offering skiing and snowboarding.
Timberline Mountain in Tucker County and Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County opened December 2. Oglebay Resort in Ohio County is planning to open around Christmas, weather permitting.
With the holiday season bearing down on the state’s ski industry, the recent cold temperatures in the mountains, have allowed the resort operators to make snow, covering terrain for the skiers and snowboarders. The upcoming 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 2023-2024 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.