West Virginia Ski Resorts Reboot Winter

Charleston, WV – This week’s cold temperatures have allowed snowmakers at all of West Virginia’s Ski Resorts to get back to work, covering the slopes with manmade snow. Winterplace in Raleigh County and Timberline Ski Resort in Tucker County have both resumed on-slope operations today, joining Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County and Canaan Valley Ski Area also in Tucker County, in offering skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in West Virginia. Oglebay Resort in Ohio County is currently making snow and will open soon.

The natural snowfall in the state’s mountains also allowed West Virginia’s Nordic areas, White Grass Touring in Tucker County and Elk River Touring in Pocahontas County to provide cross-country skiers a chance to get on the trails.

Due to the state’s resorts extensive snowmaking capabilities, West Virginia continues to offer the most open terrain for skiing and snowboarding in the southeast region. The snowmakers at all of the state’s ski resorts can produce manmade snow whenever temperatures permit, allowing the industry’s unsung heroes to cover the slopes for skiers and snowboarders. When snowmaking conditions are at their best (in the low teens), over 20,000 tons of snow is being produced in West Virginia per hour, enough snow to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour.

Meanwhile, January is being celebrated as National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and all of the state’s resorts have special deals for newbies to learn to have fun on the snow. Today, all of the resort’s are celebrating National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Day.

West Virginia Ski Resorts Return To Snowmaking

Charleston, WV – This week’s cold temperatures have allowed snowmakers at all of West Virginia’s Ski Resorts to get back to work, covering the slopes with manmade snow. Winterplace and Timberline Ski Resorts will both resume on-slope operations on Friday, joining Snowshoe Mountain and Canaan Valley Ski Area in offering skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.

 

The natural snowfall in the state’s mountains will also allow West Virginia’s Nordic areas, White Grass Touring in Tucker County and Elk River Touring in Pocahontas County to provide cross-country skiers a chance to get on the trails.

Due to the state’s resorts extensive snowmaking capabilities, West Virginia continues to offer the most open terrain for skiing and snowboarding in the southeast region. The snowmakers at all of the state’s ski resorts can produce manmade snow whenever temperatures permit, allowing the industry’s unsung heroes to cover the slopes for skiers and snowboarders. When snowmaking conditions are at their best (in the low teens), over 20,000 tons of snow is being produced in West Virginia per hour, enough snow to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour.

Meanwhile, January is being celebrated as National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and all of the state’s resorts have special deals for newbies to learn to have fun on the snow. On Friday, January 11, all of the resort’s will be celebrating National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Day.

West Virginia Ski Resorts Prepare For Cold Temps

Charleston, WV – The recent mild temperatures have created some challenges for West Virginia’s Ski Industry. Despite still having the most terrain open in the southeast region, that includes, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, a number of slopes have had to be closed. Winterplace and Timberline Ski Resorts have suspended on-slope operations until temperatures drop which will allow snowmaking to resume. Winterplace officials plan to provide skiing and snowboarding again this Friday, as subfreezing temperatures are in this week’s weather forecast. Timberline officials have indicated they will also reopen when snowmaking resumes and the slopes are covered.

In the meantime, January is being celebrated as National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and all of the state’s resorts have special deals for newbies to learn to have fun on the snow.

Additional WV Ski Resorts Open For Season

Charleston, WV – Two more West Virginia ski resorts will open for the 2018/19 season this weekend as Canaan Valley Ski Area in Tucker County and Winterplace Ski Resort in Raleigh County are set to begin offering skiing, snowboarding and Snowtubing on Saturday. Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County which opened over the Thanksgiving holiday, will be opening its Silver Creek area Friday. Oglebay Resort in Ohio County and Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Tucker County are planning to open on December 21.

The natural snowfall this month has also provide cross-country and snowshoeing opportunities at White Grass Touring Center in Tucker County

With the holiday season bearing down on the state’s ski industry, the recent cold temperatures have allowed the resort operators to make snow covering an abundance of 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 snowmakers at all of the state’s ski resorts can produce manmade snow whenever temperatures permit, allowing the industry’s unsung heroes to cover the slopes for skiers and snowboarders. When snowmaking conditions are at their best (in the low teens), over 20,000 tons of snow is being produced in West Virginia per hour, enough snow to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour.

The state’s alpine and cross-country ski resorts and areas attract over 800,000 visitors annually during a normal weather-related season. “The season has gotten off to a positive start and our phones are ringing, with people eager to get on the slopes,” says Terry Pfeiffer, President of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and President of Winterplace. “All of the resorts will continue to aggressively make snow whenever possible, guaranteeing visitors to the mountains a white Christmas.” The top states providing skiers and snowboarders to West Virginia slopes are Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

The ski and snowboard season traditionally, weather permitting, continues from Thanksgiving 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. For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia go on-line at goskiwv.com or skisoutheast.com.

West Virginia Ski Season Begins 2018 – 2019

Charleston, WV – Skiers and snowboarders have started heading to the mountains of West Virginia as the first downhill area plans to open for the 2018/2019 season, tomorrow. Snowshoe Mountain will be opening for the season Wednesday morning (November 21) at 9 am. The Pocahontas County will be providing skiers and snowboarders with 42 acres of available terrain, that includes 11 trails and three lifts and a terrain park.

For visitors at Canaan Valley State Park during the Thanksgiving holiday, snowtubing will be available at the ski area, Thursday – Sunday.

For the other alpine areas in the state, slopes at Timberline, Winterplace and Canaan Valley Resort will be opening in the weeks to come. The natural snow that fell earlier this month allowed one of the state’s Nordic areas, White Grass Touring Center, to begin providing cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Recent seasonal temperatures across West Virginia have been cold enough for snowmaking operations to commence in preparation of the various opening days.

The snowmakers at all the state’s ski resorts can produce manmade snow whenever temperatures permit, allowing the industry’s unsung heroes to cover the slopes for skiers and snowboarders. When snowmaking conditions are at their best (in the low teens), over 20,000 tons of snow is being produced in West Virginia per hour, enough snow to cover 20 football fields with a foot of snow each hour.

The mountain state’s resorts annually attract over 800,000 skier visits, but that figure depends on winter like conditions. “It’s always important to open as soon as possible and thank goodness we are on schedule this season,” says Terry Pfeiffer, President of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and President of Winterplace. The top states providing skiers and snowboarders to West Virginia slopes are Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida.

The ski and snowboard season traditionally, weather permitting, continues from Thanksgiving 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. For more information on skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia go on-line at www.goskiwv.com or www.skisoutheast.com

Snowshoe’s 45th Anniversary Sale

WELCOME TO THE MOUNTAIN!!
BOOK A 4-NIGHT STAY AND GET 45% OFF YOUR 4TH NIGHT.

This December marks 45 years since Doc Brigham officially founded our favorite mountain. Not to say there may not have been some shreddin’ happening up here prior to that, but we’re sure glad he invited us to join the fun! To celebrate that grand day 45 years ago, we’re giving you 45% off your fourth night stay – all season long! This offer is valid for stays between 11/12/18 and 3/20/19 and is based on consecutive night stays at any Snowshoe managed vacation rental property during non-holiday dates. Offer is not valid for December 26, 2018- January 5, 2019; MLK Weekend: January 18-20, 2019; President’s Day Weekend: February 15-17, 2019. Be sure to mention 4th night at 45% off when you book in order to receive your discount. This offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with other offers, some restrictions apply. Offer is not redeemable for cash and is limited to one use per customer. Deposit and cancellation policies apply.

Book now online or call 1.877.441.4386.

Sale Ends: 3/20/19
This offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with other offers, some restrictions apply. Offer is not redeemable for cash and is limited to one use per customer. Offer valid based on consecutive night stays only. Deposit and cancellation policies apply. Other restrictions may apply. Cannot be used with any other discounts or promotions.

Plan the perfect December ski getaway at Canaan Valley

Hit the slopes by day and lodge in a luxurious room or fireplace suite in the evening when reserving one of our Stay & Ski Packages. The packages include:

  • Nightly lodging in a standard room with (1) king bed
  • Next day ski lift ticket(s)
  • Beech Club privileges (indoor pool, fitness center, whirlpool & sauna)

Early Value Season

Make some of the first tracks of the season and save! Visit early and take advantage of discount tickets and lodging packages.

Daily December 14 – 20, 2018: 

  • 1 Day / 1 Night Package: Starting at $72 per person (double occupancy)

Daily December 21 – 25, 2018

  • 1 Day / 1 Night Package: Starting at $92 per person (double occupancy)

What’s New for Winterplace Resort for 2018-2019

Winterplace continues investment in State of the art Snow Making upgrades
Over the years Winterplace has developed a reputation for the ability to make Snow and Plenty of it! Locally everyone calls this the “Winterplace Blizzard”.

The resort currently boasts 190 snow guns of which 89 are fully automated fan guns. This season Winterplace has continued the commitment to improving snowmaking by installing over 6000 feet of new “snow making” air and water supply lines. Terry Pfeiffer, Winterplace President stated  “Snow making upgrades over the years have allowed us to reduce  our start-up time for snow making and have resulted in one of the most  efficient snow making systems in the industry.  These investments support our core Goal of “Providing one of the finest skiing experiences in the South east”. “Once it turns cold we can cover the mountain with a blanket of snow allowing our guest to get to the Fun Faster”!

“Winterplace purchases top of line Rental Equipment”.
With a focus on those new to the sport, Winterplace has purchased additional top of the line Rossignol skis and snowboard’s to add to their rental fleet.  Having state of the art rental equipment combined with Terrain-Based Learning™ (TBL) learning areas is key to having a successful experience.  Winterplace is the most southern resort committed to Terrain Based Learning™ (TBL)TerrainBasedLearning™does away with the traditional defensive approach to traditional ski lessons. Instead of starting on a slope, where never-evers are forced to immediately brace for a fall, new skiers are taught to respond to the feel of various terrain features in a primarily flat space. Winterplace is partnered with “Snow Operating” the developers of Terrain Based Learning™ to bring this award winning methodology to their slopes.

Season Pass benefits expanded
Unlimited access to the slopes is one of the main reason for a season pass. Winterplace is rewarding these loyal pass holders by providing some additional perks for these frequent users. Season pass holders will receive discounted buddy tickets (these are a great way to introduce a friend to skiing), 10% food and beverage discounts (alcohol exclude) 10% Retail shop discounts, and 10% group lesson discounts.

 

Tap Take Overs every SaturdayStarting January 5th– February 24th   at Mickey’s Pub!  Music will be playing on the outside deck and inside Mickey’s will feature the area’s most popular Craft Brews. Hot Brats’ w/ kraut and the famous Winterplace Bourbon chili will top off this popular stop.

 

Live Entertainment
Every Saturday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Snow drift Lounge.  Take a break from the slopes and enjoy your favorite adult beverage while listening to live music from around the area.

 

Check out the calendar of events for events and specials at www.winterplace.com/events

The Weather Looks Great for Snowmaking for WV Ski Areas

The next several days offer some great temperatures for the West Virginia Ski Areas to make snow. Check out the forecasts for each area below:

 

SNOWSHOE FORECAST: as of 11/20/2018
Looks like some potential, around-the-clock snowmaking opportunities through Friday!

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Davis, WV Forecast: (Home to Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline Resort:
Some snow is in the forecast was well as good, around-the-clock snowmaking chances through Thanksgiving night into Friday morning.
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Winterplace Resort Forecast:
Things look great for snowmaking tonight (along with some natural snow) and then snowmaking at least at night Wednesday night and again on Thanksgiving night.
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Stay tuned for more updates on opening days across the state.