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More West Virginia ski resorts opening this weekend

December 15, 2018
- -Text: Brandi Rutan of Bridgeport, Ohio, slides down a slope at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.Va., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004. More snow is expeced for the area Sunday. (AP Photo/Times Leader, Michael Harvilla)

This early season blast of good conditions means more green in the mountains as two more of the Mountain State’s five downhill ski resorts are planning to open this weekend.

Those five resorts annually attract more than 800,000 skier visits, and the five-month long ski season in West Virginia has an estimated economic impact of more than $250 million and 5,000 jobs at the resorts and other related companies.

The ski and snowboard season traditionally, weather permitting, continues from Thanksgiving through early April, but in recent years, resorts across the southeast have been lucky to have much of anything open by Christmas week.

While Snowshoe Mountain, the state’s largest and highest elevation ski resort at 4848-feet, was able to open before Thanksgiving, two more WV downhill ski resorts will be opening this weekend.

Here’s a look at what’s happening at each of the Mountain State’s downhill ski resorts.

Snowshoe Mountain

The state’s largest and highest elevated ski resort at 4848 feet, Snowshoe Mountain, opened the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day with a handful of trails. Now the resort, which has 60 trails between Snowshoe and the adjacent Silver Creek ski areas, has 25 of 64 trails open and 118 of 257 acres of its terrain open.

Snowshoe also will have several events taking place this weekend. Outside, Saturday, Snowshoe hosts its first Rail Jam of the season, Smith Optics and Mountaineer Terrain Parks present “Steezy Does It” Park Jam with a nod to some old cool style. Registration is 10 a.m. to noon at The Big Top. Cost is $20. Dec. 21 through Dec. 30 will be a wide range of holiday activities throughout the state park and lodge including crafts, story time, special meals, movies, bingo and more. The park’s ice skating rink is also already open and Dec. 20 and 27 is wear your PJ’s ice skating and receive free rental with admission.

Indoors, Snowshoe Mountain will host its Winter Brew Fest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at at the Connection Nightclub. Tickets will include sampling glass, sampling tickets and live musical entertainment throughout the evening by Groove Fetish and Medicated Sunfish at the Connection Nightclub. Registration will open at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy brews from about 15 breweries including West Virginia breweries Big Timber, Greenbrier Valley, Bridge Brew Works, Parkersburg Brewing Company, Wheeling Brewing Company as well as breweries from around the U.S. Tickets are $25 through Friday and $30 day of the event.

Go online at https://www.snowshoemtn.com/things-to-do/events/winter-brewfest.

For more information or to make a Snowshoe lodging reservation, call 877-441-4386 or visit www.snowshoemtn.com.

Winterplace

Also enjoying a fresh snow and great snow-making temperatures the past two weeks, Winterplace — located just south of Beckley and, at two-and-a-half hours away, the closest downhill ski resort to Huntington - is set to open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

There will be 14 of Winterplace’s 27 trails will be open on Saturday with six lifts.

Hours will be weekends and holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and weekday hours will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On opening weekend, Kids 12 and under will ski for free when accompanied by a full paying adult on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16.

Winterplace’s tubing park, which is the largest in the state with 16 lanes, will be open Saturday, Dec. 15 as well. It will be open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends and holidays and 1 to 10 p.m. weekdays.

Go online at www.winterplace.com.

Canaan Resort and Timberline in Canaan Valley

Up in Canaan Valley, the highest valley east of the Mississippi, the state-owned Canaan Resort opens this weekend after a nice shot of natural snow and great snow-making temperatures the past couple of weeks.

Canaan Resort, which has 47 slopes and a 1,200-foot tubing park, will open its slopes for the season Saturday, Dec. 15, as well as 13 trails open Saturday with Meadows and Gravity coming soon after.

The multi-lane tubing park, which has the longest runs in the Mid-Atlantic, are already open for the season.

Canaan Resort also has a number of upcoming activities. At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 22 is Breakfast with Santa in the Hickory Dining Room. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus while enjoying a breakfast buffet.

Adults: $12, Juniors (age 6-12) $6.95 and Children 5 & under: Free. For more information call Dave Vance (304)866-2215 or email: vanced@canaanresort.com Find out more about Canaan Resort and its Stay and Ski Packages at https://www.canaanresort.com/.

Timberline Four Seasons Resort

Timberline, which has 37 trails, has announced it will open for the season on Friday, Dec. 21. On or by Christmas Week the resort hopes to have opened the two-mile-long Salamander — the longest beginner run in the Southeast — as well as some of its more advanced trails.

Timberline has ski-in, ski-out accommodations both with cabins and its 20-room Timber’s Inn Hotel.

Go online at http://timberlineresort.com/ or call 800-SNOWING for more info about Timberline.

Oglebay Resort in Wheeling

West Virginia’s smallest ski resort, Oglebay, is located an hour south of Pittsburgh in Wheeling, about three-and-a-half to four hours from Huntington. Oglebay, which is located at the famous Oglebay Resort, has said it will open for skiing and snowboarding weather permitting. The resort’s snow tubing will open Friday, Dec. 21.

West Virginia’s newest ski resort, Oglebay brought skiing back to the Northern Panhandle area in 2007. It has a triple chair lift accessing an 815-foot slope with a 168-foot vertical drop. There’s also a terrain park featuring rails of varying sizes plus snow-made jumps and a fire pit area located just outside the upper level of the ski building.

Go online at https://www.oglebay.com/skiing-snowboarding/ to find out more information about skiing Oglebay.

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