Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Ski Areas Association has announced a new program this year, that will allow 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 and Winterplace are accepting the association’s Ski Free 4th and 5th Grade Passport Program.
(Charleston, WV) – Governor Jim Justice today, by proclamation, announced that January was officially Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in the mountain state. The West Virginia Snow Sports Industry is part of the national program that includes ski-industry states throughout North America. West Virginia Ski Resorts teach thousands of first-time skiers every season and new skier and snowboard lessons have increased so far this season.
The Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, started by a group of industry officials in 2007, encourages children and adults to try to ski and snowboard if they never have done so and also encourages those already involved to try a new way of having fun on the slopes. You can find out more about the program by going to www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org.
Annually the association’s five alpine resorts, Canaan Valley and Timberline in Tucker County, Oglebay Resort in Ohio County, Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County and Winterplace in Raleigh County, and the association’s two nordic areas White Grass in Tucker County and Elk River in Pocahontas County experience nearly a million skier visits. The economic impact from the five-month long industry is over $250 million, employing 5,000 on and off the resort properties.
“For the most part the weather has been favorable and that has helped create awesome conditions on the slopes,” says Terry Pfeiffer, President of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and Winterplace Ski Resort. “Along with the recent natural snow came much needed cold temperatures allowing all of the resorts to make snow around the clock.”
West Virginia Ski Resorts have invested millions of dollars in snowmaking equipment which assures skiers and snowboarders in the region reliable conditions.
Charleston, WV – All of West Virginia’s ski resorts are preparing to open for the upcoming season including Canaan Valley and Timberline in Tucker County, Snowshoe in Pocahontas County and Winterplace in Raleigh County. Again this year the resorts are offering a Mountain Pass that allows everyone to enjoy skiing and snowboarding at all of the state’s resorts.
The Mountain Pass is a booklet of tickets that includes 30 vouchers for skiing or snowboarding at Timberline, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley and Winterplace and 10 vouchers at the state’s nordic areas. Each voucher (140 total) is for one visit (or lift ticket) and can be used anytime during the 2013/2014 season which traditionally gets underway around Thanksgiving.
A West Virginia Ski Areas Association Mountain Pass costs $2400. “The pass provides a family or company a chance to enjoy the whole state during the winter season,” says Terry Pfeiffer, President of Winterplace Ski Resort and the West Virginia Ski Areas Association. “It’s also a good incentive for a company to use to help its employees enjoy fun in the outdoors during winter.” Anyone interested in obtaining a WVSAA Mountain Pass can call the association at 304-720-5471.
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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 (www.CanaanResort.com) 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 (www.americanmountaintheater.com) 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 www.CanaanResort.com.
In December 1971, skiers throughout the state and region got their first opportunity to enjoy West Virginia’s first commercial ski area with the opening of Canaan Valley Resort. This modern resort-style ski area built upon a rich heritage of ski recreation in the Canaan Valley area, established at various local ski spots throughout the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. From a modest opening with a few thousand skiers for that first ski season in 1971, a booming destination tourism business emerged for the mountain state.
From one resort to five resort destinations today, the modern West Virginia ski industry was built upon the solid foundation established by Canaan Valley Resort. The state’s ski destinations produce more than 800,000 skier visits each year from mid-November to early-April.
During the past 35 years, ski destinations such as Canaan Valley, Oglebay Park, Snowshoe Mountain, Timberline and Winterplace have attracted tens of millions of visitors to West Virginia and help keep the state’s economy vibrant and strong. The estimated economic impact of West Virginia’s ski industry is in excess of $250 million each year. To the restaurant operators, hotel owners and small businesses around West Virginia’s ski area, the winter blankets of snow create a tremendous economic impact through a peak seasonal employment of more than 5,000 people.
Whether you’re a beginner or expert skier, West Virginia’s challenging ski destinations have much to offer in the way of recreation. Even if you’re not a skier, West Virginia ski resort areas are destinations that provide a wealth of amenities, beauty, recreational and second home opportunities for every family to enjoy – each and every winter.
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