Nothing quite captures the feeling of winter than by snapping into a pair of skis and heading out for a family vacation. Ski the slopes together, hit the snow tubing park, then finish off the day with hot cocoa in front of roaring fireplace. Here are the best ski destinations in the Mountain State.
1. Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, WV
For fun in the snow and memories that will last a lifetime, Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe, West Virginia, is a great place for a winter family vacation. The Appalachian Mountains is home to some of the best snow around for wintertime activities like skiing, sledding, tubing, and snowboarding, and this resort is on over 250 acres of skiable country. With 60 trails from which to choose, you’ll have to see it to believe it. There are so many things to do here, the only problem you’ll have is deciding what to do. And dining won’t be a problem either because there are several places that serve up great cuisine and yummy kid-friendly foods.
2. Winterplace Ski Resort, Ghent, WV
Ghent, West Virginia, is where you and your family can celebrate all things winter on your next vacation. This popular resort has it all—tubing, skiing, snowboarding, great dining, amazing scenic views, and more. If you’re new to winter sports, you can take a lesson from one of the knowledgeable instructors, and lessons start for those as young as five. There’s even a Frosties Kinder Care program for children from six months to four years-old. Open from December through March, you’ll have over 90 acres to explore with slopes for every skill level. Night skiing is a great alternative, and Winterplace has the largest snow tubing park in the Mountain State.
3. Timberline Four Season Resort, Davis, WV
Timberline Four Season Resort in Davis, West Virginia, is the place to be this winter with your friends and family. Called the Jewel of the Highlands, you’ll understand why when you travel to the top of the mountain at this family-owned and managed resort in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains. For 30 years, people aged four and up, beginners and experts, have been enjoying this amazing mountain and all it offers. There are special discounts available and several adventures for little ones, like Timber Adventures for ages four to seven years, and Mountain Safari for ages eight to 12. There are group and private lessons for older kids and adults that will boost your confidence and safety.