4. Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center, Davis, WV
Almost a household name, Canaan Valley in the eastern part of West Virginia, offers great family fun. You can choose skiing and snowboarding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing and showshoeing, ice skating, and other fun activities for all ages. There’s a lodge, but if you prefer, there are cabins and cottages available year-round, too. Forget something at home or not sure if you want to invest in expensive equipment before knowing how your young ones like the snow? You can rent skiing and snowboarding equipment. New to outdoor winter activities? Take a lesson from one of the qualified and very patient ski or snowboarding instructors. The ski school offers a package deal that includes a one-day lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental, and a lesson for ages seven and up.
5. White Grass Ski Touring Center, Davis, WV
Davis, West Virginia, is home to White Grass Ski Touring Center. What’s a touring center you might ask? This unique place is one of the first of its kind in the Mountain State and has cross-country and regular skiing with cross-country gear, backcountry, Telemark, and skating skis. You can even rent a pull behind sled for the little ones. Stop by the ski school and brush up on the basics, and don’t forget to eat at the natural foods café.
6. Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV
Even when it doesn’t snow, it snows at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, and every day can be a snow day. Open mid-December to March, you and your family will have a (snow)ball when you spend the day or the weekend skiing, snowboarding, or tubing. Season passes are available, and lessons include rental equipment for the day and a discount on your lift ticket.
7. Elk River Touring Center, Slatyfork, WV
Want to get away with the family this winter for some unusual winter fun? Go to Elk River Touring Center located in Slatyfork, West Virginia, and get exploring. Deep in the Monongahela National Forest, Elk River is the perfect answer to the winter blues. Winter in the mountains is magical, and with an average of 180 inches of the white stuff each year, this is one of the best cross-country ski destinations in the state. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent sleds, snowshoes, and skis in sizes that fit children and adults.