DAVIS, W.Va., December 20, 2017– Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area has swept Liftopia’s “Best in Snow” awards in the Southeast region of the U.S. for the second consecutive year. The region includes resorts in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.


The resort was named No. 1 in the Beginner Friendly, Most Challenging, Family Friendly, Snow Consistency and Quality, Least Crowded and Best Value categories. The awards are based on surveys of thousands of customers, and Liftopia reports receive responses from thousands of skiers throughout the country.


Situated in north central West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains in the highest mountain valley east of the Rockies, Canaan Valley Resort is especially beloved by skiers in the Mid-Atlantic, in part because it is just a 2 ½-hour drive from Washington, D.C. The resort also welcomes many skiers from the Southeast and Midwest.


The resort kicked off its season on Friday, December 15 with some of the best opening-day ski conditions in years, according to Canaan Valley Resort general manager Steve Drumheller.


“This award is an early Christmas present, and the mountain staff is elated that their efforts to offer the best ski experience in the region have been recognized in such a tangible way,” said Drumheller. “We know the Liftopia community includes many of our long-time friends and fans, and we are grateful for their ongoing support and enthusiasm.”


About Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area

Canaan Valley Resort offers 47 slopes and trails, and a customer-pleasing mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. lifts – one quad, two triples and a magic carpet – a terrain park and ski school. The ski area 47 trails and slopes, the Critters Crawl beginner area – a dedicated beginner instruction trail serviced by its own magic carpet – and ski school for private and group lessons. A webcam shows latest ski area conditions.


In addition to downhill skiing, there are plenty of options for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The resort is also home to the longest Tube Park in the Mid-Atlantic region, with multiple lanes running 1,200 feet in length. The covered outdoor ice skating rink offers sweeping views of the valley and mountain range. There are also 30 kilometers of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails.


Indoor activities at Canaan Valley Resort include indoor swimming pool, multiple game rooms, whirlpool, sauna and crafts. The resort also offers an array of special events throughout the winter along with a variety of packages and deals on lodge rooms.


About Liftopia

Liftopia operates the largest online and mobile marketplace and resort technology platform serving the ski and mountain activity industry. Skiers and riders can purchase lift tickets, equipment rentals, meal vouchers and more from more than 250 ski areas in North America on Liftopia.com and via the Liftopia mobile app, with savings of up to 80% off walk-up window rates when purchased in advance. The brand created the coveted Best in Snow awards in 2016, utilizing a detailed survey combined with a proprietary dataset to rank the North American ski areas that customers are most passionate about. Founded in 2005, Liftopia is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading institutional and angel investors. Visit the Liftopia blog or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.




Canaan Valley Resort is owned by the state of West Virginia and managed by Sioux Falls, S.D.-based U.S. Hotels and Resort Management, Inc., which operates hotels, resorts, state park lodges, golf courses and restaurants in 13 states throughout the West and Midwest.

 For more information, visit the website or call 1-800-622-4121. Travelers can connect with Canaan Valley Resort on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, and by signing up for special email offers and a blog.


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