The leaves are turning and creating a colorful mosaic throughout the valley, but the mountain staff at Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area have barely had time to notice. This time of year, staffers are dreaming of a white mountain and happy skiers as preparations for the upcoming ski season gain steam.

“Our crews put in a tremendous effort to make our ski area the pride of the valley,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager of Canaan Valley Resort. “We are looking forward to welcoming back our loyal season-pass holders as well as well as introducing the resort to new skiers.” 

The ski area’s target opening date is Dec. 15, 2018. 

Situated in West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands, Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area has swept  Liftopia’s “Best in Snow” awards in the Southeast United States the past two years. According to Liftopia, Canaan operates the top-ranked ski area in the Beginner Friendly, Most Challenging, Family Friendly, Best Snow Quality, Least Crowded and Best Value categories. 

The ski area has made several major enhancements in recent years, including doubling its snowmaking capacity with the additions of snow guns and compressors. It has also added new ski and snowboard rental equipment as well as new ice skates and cross-country skis, and it has created a new “out-of-bounds” cross country ski trail on the back side of the ski hill.

 Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area is recognized as a great place for skiers of all ages and abilities to learn to ski and snowboard and to improve their skills. 

Its much-lauded adaptive ski program includes personalized instruction customized to individual needs and abilities. The school also offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons as well as telemark and cross country lessons. Children's programs include Canaan Cub Club for ages five to eight and Mountain Adventure ages nine to 12. The children's programs are offered at half and full days. Lunch is provided with the full-day lesson, and advanced reservations are available. 

There is still time to save on a season pass now available online for Canaan Valley Resort’s 2018-2019 ski season. The single season pass is priced at $440 if purchased by Sept. 30, and $497 if purchased between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30. After that the season pass reaches the full rate of $550. Children, college students, seniors and West Virginia residents will find additional savings.


More about Canaan Valley Ski Area

Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area is in the highest mountain valley to the east of the Rocky Mountains and is known for breathtaking views of the mountainous region. The ski resort has a summit elevation of 4,280 feet above sea level, 91 skiable acres, four lifts – one quad, two triples and a magic carpet – a terrain park and ski school. With 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, Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area offers a memorable winter adventure for every skier and snowboarder. 

Canaan Valley Resort is approximately three hours from Pittsburgh, 2½ hours from Washington, D.C. and 2¾ hours from Charleston, West Virginia.  

To reserve accommodations, visit or call 1-800-622-4121.