Looking for a winter retreat this season? Wild and Wonderful has a host of places to suit your tastes. Here are five places to play in the cold this winter.

With over 60 trails, Snowshoe’s resort is a West Virginia staple for winter festivities.  Arrange your party and book a welcoming stay. Snowshoe will keep you busy this season with snowboarding or skiing day and night. Nighttime skiing is an uncommon activity that Snowshoe is proud to offer.

Hills and valleys are plentiful in the Mountain State, but Canaan Valley Resort’s boastful elevation is a step above the rest if you’re looking for a snowy vacation. Snowboarding or skiing are a given at this resort, but the 1,200-foot tubing park adds variety to a unique experience that caters to all.  

If you’re the one-and-done type, White Grass Ski Touring Center has a host of lengthy trails for you to get in and get out this season.  Grab your skis and a friend so you can ski out the holiday pie this winter. Keep your conscience clear and New Year’s resolutions true with replenishments at White Grass’s Natural Foods Cafe.

You don’t have to snowboard or ski to have a winter vacation at Oglebay. Throw some logs in the fire pit and cozy up in a cabin after a ride through the resort’s famous trail of mesmerizing holiday lights.  If you’re looking for a more relaxed, family-oriented experience, Oglebay and its tubing slopes shouldn’t disappoint.

The cascading black ravine isn’t the only tourist attraction at the Blackwater Falls State Park.  Blackwater lives up to West Virginia’s wild and wonderful motto the rest of the year, too, with the longest sled trail on the Eastern Seaboard. 

There’s plenty of fun in the Mountain State this winter, so book a trip and bundle up for a proud display of snowy peaks, icy water, and winter commotion that’ll stay in your memories forever.


Photographed by Nikki Bowman Mills

Damon Rouse
Written by Damon Rouse
Damon is an undergraduate at West Virginia University studying professional writing and editing. As a Wheeling, West Virginia native and an aspiring creative writer, he is interning with New South Media in the spring 2020 semester to hone his craft. If he isn’t at the library writing and revising short stories, he finds joy in instructing Muay Thai for the university, playing video games, or exploring the natural beauties West Virginia has to offer. Outside of the academic and professional world, he is the proud older brother of twelve siblings.