The weather man says the weekend ahead could be a snowy one in the Mountain State, and winter is one of the state’s prime recreation seasons. So if you’re willing to brave a little cold this weekend in exchange for a lot of fun, here are five places to spend a snowy weekend.
Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center is a West Virginia state park outside Davis and offers plenty of winter activities for visitors. The resort boasts 47 ski and snowboarding trails, a terrain park, a tubing park, plenty of lifts to keep you moving up the mountain, and a rental shop for all of your outfitting needs. And after a long day of skiing, you don’t even have to leave. Check in to one of the resort’s cabins or the main lodge, where you can stay toasty and warm until the next day’s snowy adventures.
White Grass Ski Touring Center is another can’t-miss winter destination in Canaan Valley. Here you’ll find 48 trails perfectly groomed for cross country skiing and snowshoes. The center also offers visitors a chance to warm up alongside the trails in one of 12 warming shelters, many of which have wood stoves. Be sure to stop in at the White Grass Cafe for a delicious meal to fuel your winter fun.
For sledding aficionados, consider a trip to Blackwater Falls State Park, also near Davis. There you’ll find the longest sled run on the entire East Coast, measuring more than 1/4 mile. After a few runs on your sled, strap on your cross country skis or snowshoes to explore the 10 miles of trails in the park. Warm up after a long day in the park with a visit to fan-favorite Hellbender Burritos, or catch a live music show at the beloved Purple Fiddle in the neighboring town of Thomas.
A bit farther south you’ll find Snowshoe Mountain Resort, located in Snowshoe. The resort is considered one of the premier downhill ski destinations in the state, and you’ll have no shortage of things to do here. Spend a day on the slopes, rent a snowmobile for the day, enjoy a sleigh ride through the wintry wonderland, or venture to the backcountry for the one-of-a-kind The Woods Escape Room.
It’s understandable if you’d rather stay warm on a snowy weekend—not everyone loves to play in the snow. If that sounds more your speed, head to Berkeley Springs State Park in the Eastern Panhandle for a nice warm soak in one of the warm spring–fed tubs that are maintained at a balmy 102 degrees all year long.
written by Holly Leleux-Thubron
photographed by Nikki Bowman Mills