Canaan Valley Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 9 Beginner
  • 17 Intermediate
  • 21 Advanced
Stunning Slopes And Outdoor Beauty, For World-Class West Virginia Skiing

Slice your way through pristine, crisp snow at Canaan Valley Resort ... featuring 47 slopes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced Davis West Virginia skiers with 3 new glade trails for the 2015/16 season. With a vertical drop of 850 feet and the longest run at 6,000 feet, the experience is ... as challenging as you want it to be with an average snowfall of 180".

Try night skiing for a truly unique adventure. Snowboarders are welcome to enjoy the ski terrain. Slide 600 feet down the mountain using specifically designed snow tubes. Savor the spectacular beauty of Canaan Valley while cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. It’s all here. Our tube park is 1200' long with magic carpet and tubers lodge featuring a warm fireplace and concessions.

In addition to the 160 new guest rooms and fireplace suites, the countless winter activities and services at our West Virginia snow skiing resort include:

* Cross-country skiing
* Snow tubing
* Snowboarding
* Snowshoeing
* Ice skating
* Ski and snowboard lessons
* Kids Korner, for ages 2 to 6
* Gear rentals and repairs, including boots, binding, skis, and poles
* Outdoor fire ring
* Terrain park
* Multi-lane tube park
* Indoor pool/fitness center
* Cabin/cottage rentals
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Canaan Valley Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Canaan Valley Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 3

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 47

Weekend Hours


Canaan Valley Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

3,430 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

850 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

4,280 ft

Canaan Valley Ski Pictures and Photos

Canaan Valley Logo
Canaan Valley Trail Map

Canaan Valley Reviews & Tips (28)

Got my lift ticket at 10:45am and got my skis at 12:35. Their rental procedures are inefficient and prone to human error. They apologized and made up for it but I wouldn't rent skis here again. Great consulting opportunity if that's your area of expertise! My tip would be to arrive early on weekends or rent your skis elsewhere. Half the runs were open and snow conditions were good. The open runs were well maintained. Lift lines were short, especially considering how man people were renting skis. The Weiss Quad Lift runs super fast around the turn at the bottom so I recommend being super cautious because if you don't time it right it's hard to get out of the way without being hit by the lift. Another tip is to check the schedule for tubing, you can't just start whenever you want to start, there are set sessions with 30 minute gap between sessions. I wanted to tube for an hour but arrived at 10:30 and session ended at 11 and next one started at 11:30 and we left at 12 so no tubing for me.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 29 2016 - 05:28 PM
Alysha Intermediate Skier
Pretty fun trip. The course was good. Weather was a bit too warm, so it was icy which contributed to the zero wait time on the lift. The lodge is too small with tables instead of bar tops, so it's a bit cramp. People are friendly. And kids friendly
Canaan Valley review written Feb 08 2016 - 02:47 PM
David Beginner Skier
I really love skiing at Canaan for many reasons. The staff is friendly, Liftopia makes it affordable, the snow conditions are better than most close to the D.C. area and the drive on the super hwy 48 is something amazing. I live in Herndon and I can remember a drive of 4 to 5 hours and now less than 3. Warm restrooms are everywhere and parking is a cinch.
Canaan Valley review written Mar 22 2015 - 05:06 PM
andy Advanced Skier
Call before you buy tickets for Mondays. They have Can Drive Mondays and lift tickets are only $15 each when you bring a can. Great time, people are friendly.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 19 2015 - 05:30 AM
Nerenberg Intermediate Skier
Not a great place for advanced skiers. Here are the biggest issues with the resort: - Steep walk up a hill to get from the lodge to the main lifts. Could they install a tow rope to take you up the hill? Seriously, it's a crazy steep trek up a hill. I've skied all up and down the country and I've never seen anything like it. - Very flat sections make traversing the mountain a tough task. Prepare yourself for half your day spent cross country skiing. - Slow lifts with no foot rests. The lifts badly need updating. Overall, it is a great value. For $20-$30 on Liftopia, it's worth it for a day. There is no way for an advanced skier to make a 2 day trip here, but get in 20-25 runs and enjoy a nice day. The facilities are nice and well-maintained.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 02 2015 - 02:25 PM
Chris - Washington, DC Advanced Skier
First time at Canaan. Stayed at the resort and it was very nice. Smooth check-in/check-out. Stayed 2 nights. Only issue was coming back from the slopes/tubing we found our room had not been serviced and the cleaning staff had gone home for the day. Not sure what happened there but they sent someone to take care of the room (new towels and freshen the room. For the Ski Resort, as a first timer, very confusing setup for checking in between the kids in classes and us as parents just going to ski. They could use a greeter or people to help direct folks. Saw lots of lost parents who had no idea where to go for each piece (check in/ski rental/lift passes for ski class etc) Once we knew the drill, good to go but a frustrating initial experience. Having said that, the ski classes did their job. Fantastic w/ the kids and great results. Slopes were well taken care of (10 + inches of snow this past week). Good 2 days of skiing and not full of people so felt safe on the slopes. One upgrade would be the food. No real 'healthy' options. Just fried fried fried junk food. Good tubing as well! well worth the trip. Would recommend overall. If a first timer, just be patient to learn the lay of the land and you will have a good time.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 02 2015 - 02:11 PM
Brian Intermediate Skier
Just returned from canaan and although conditions weren't great what they had open was in good shape ...runs are not long but are decently steep. Can't wait to see what its like once it gets some real snow..extremely friendly staff...would return again
Canaan Valley review written Jan 15 2015 - 04:46 PM
greg Intermediate Snowboarder
My wife and I stayed at the new resort, which is beautiful. I went skiing at Canaan on a Friday and I am hesitant to say anything good because I don't want the secret to get out. I ski at Perfect North Slopes, so when I got there and never waited in line at the lift, I was in heaven. I actually enjoyed it better than Timberline. I never rode on the lift with a person all day. The advanced run called Gravity was one of my favorites. The snow conditions were groomed with some powder along the edges. It is definitely worth a long weekend to try out skiing in the valley.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 27 2014 - 04:49 PM
Erik Advanced Skier
Resort was very clean and spacious. Mountain was in great condition. I like the way the had half a slope groomed and the other half ungroomed. Food was acceptable and reasonable. It was a very good experience and a great value!
Canaan Valley review written Feb 19 2014 - 05:13 PM
Chris Advanced Skier
This Mounting is great for beginners; great 'bunny slope section' that doesnt lead a beginner to thier doom. For the advanced skier, this is not the best in WV, but would be enough for at most one day. Thier new lodge is great. Only CON, is thier lifts move kinda slow, and combined with thier rock hard seats make your legs burn from sitting on the lift. Still a great value and would reccomend.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 12 2014 - 07:32 AM
Logan Advanced Skier
I normally ski, but I am learning to board. This resort was perfect for this, and we went on New Year's Day and the lines were very very short. I did not know what to expect but I was pleasently suprised by the location. It was a very small ski slope when compared to other locations but my family had a great time. I will go again and we live close enough to make a day trip out of it...
Canaan Valley review written Jan 03 2014 - 02:19 PM
Jamie Intermediate Snowboarder
Fresh powder, no crowd despite it being a holiday weekend (the cold and wind might have had something to do with it, but we just bundled up). Good ski runs. Intermediate to advanced skiers don't need more than one day here; if you have two days and you're one of those, like we are, spend a day at Canaan and a day at Timberline.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 22 2013 - 10:41 AM
Dan Intermediate Skier
Our family went to Canaan valley for a 4 day weekend - stayed in a Cabin, we got lots of snow, and had the BEST time. (Two adults a teen and a child). Instructors for skiing, airboarding and snowboarding were excellent, no wait on the lifts, even though the weekend was full of skiiers, everyone was super friendly and everything about the resort was excellent. Family friendly, very fun, and excellent slopes for skiing, airboarding and snowboarding. We are just beginners, and the slopes were perfect - we will eventually get to the intermediate slopes, but there was plenty to do as a beginner. The resort is excellent. Cell phones didn't work in the cabins but it was great to be unplugged for a few days. We will definitely be going back!! Wish we could have stayed longer this time.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 07 2013 - 06:05 PM
Karin Beginner Skier
Our family spent 4 days skiing at Canaan from Jan 1 - 4, 2013 and had an amazing experience! My husband is an intermediate to advanced skiier and our children aged 9, 7, 6 and 4 are in their second ski season. We found Canaan to be super family friendly, especially the warming hit by the beginner chair lift... a great spot to leave snacks, etc so the children could pop in, warm up and have a snack and then head back out. The conditions were great on the runs that were open (21 out of 42 while we were there) and there were a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs open. The only run that wasn't open that we were hoping would be was Timber Trail. The lift tickets were cheap through Liftopia and even included night skiing on the days when night skiing was available. Canaan Valley has poured millions of dollars into their facility since last winter... upgraded learning area, new tubing area, new snow making equipment, etc. and it really shows! We hope to go back next year and will definately ski Canaan Valley again... such good value for your money that it is hard to try anywhere else!
Canaan Valley review written Jan 07 2013 - 09:38 AM
Daniella Intermediate Skier
My 12 yr old daughter, her uncle and I visited Canaan Jan 2nd thru 4th and had a great time. A couple of years ago we stumbled upon TImberline while traveling to Washington DC from Indiana and we were pleasantly surprised to find skiing that good that was within driving distance of where we live. It was our intention to drive out again over Christmas break and ski both TImberline and Canaan. I had assumed Canaan because of the lower lift ticket prices to be a lesser resort, so I came in with low expectations. We skied Canaan first, so we could figure out how much time to spend at each resort. We liked Canaan so much we never bothered going to Timberline. In part this was because the lift tickets through Liftopia were such a deal, but also because we liked the terrain and the modern facilities actually better than Timberline. I was reluctant to rent our skis at Canaan, but in the end I was glad I did. I was very satisfied with both the boots and the Atomics I rented. On the slopes there were a few icy patches, but they were the exception and in general the snow was good to great. Our main complaint was that many of the runs were closed. We were there three days and they were making snow on those closed runs constantly and each day we heard they were likely to open the next day, but it never happened. We found we could make it to a few of the apparently closed runs like "Gravity " by following an Experts Only trail through the woods, but it would of been nice to have more officially open. Another, albeit minor complaint, was the rather steep walk from the lodge up to the lift. However considering the relatively inexpensive cost, good runs for mid-atlantic resort, and no waiting at the lift I highly recommend it.
Canaan Valley review written Jan 06 2013 - 04:37 PM
Scott Advanced Skier
Lift lines impresively SHORT the day I visited. No high speed lift, so expect to spend too much time on the lift, but their lift is faster than Timberline's! Nice selection of trails with a variety of terrain for the beginner, intermediate, advanced intermediate. Only about 60% of the runs open, but what there was skied well. All had been groomed and held up well during the day. Some nice trails through the woods, but overall made me think of a super-sized version of a midwest ski area. The climb from the parking area, to the lodge, to the lifts (main ski area) is tough, so expect to be tired before you ever ski. Very nice place, great two days skiing combined with visit to Timberline. No combo tickets offered, however.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 28 2012 - 03:34 PM
Skiguy Intermediate Skier
I like Canaan better than Timberline for the simple fact that the lift lines are 200% better. Timberline needs to put in a surface lift for advanced skiers/boarders to access the more advanced terrain. I like the trails better at Canaan too. Both resorts could have better snow making equipment.
Canaan Valley review written Feb 28 2012 - 08:40 AM
John Advanced Skier
I know I'm only 10 but I'm a intermediate skier and i love cannan vally :)
Canaan Valley review written Jan 15 2012 - 09:42 AM
chloe Intermediate Skier
Great day to ski on MLK Monday. No lines and powder from storm. Still spend longer on lifts than skiing, but fun for a day. Like the Timberline/Canaan Valley combo! Don't recommend the food in the cafeteria.
Canaan Valley review written Jan 19 2011 - 02:03 PM
Ellie Intermediate Skier
Got really lucky and ended up there on a powder day. Over 2 feet of untracked slopes. Perfect day at a great price. Thanks liftopia!
Canaan Valley review written Jan 11 2011 - 02:18 PM
John The Shredder Advanced Snowboarder
Great time this past weekend. Friendly staff, excellent conditions, no lines. Thank you for a terrific family weekend!
Canaan Valley review written Jan 11 2011 - 02:17 PM
Danny ( Intermediate Skier) Advanced Skier
Canaan Valley is a good one day resort. The snow quality was good due to a recent storm. However, the lift infrastructure is old and their snow making is spotty. The new lodge is nice and the people were friendly. For a nice weekend duo, couple Canaan Valley with Timberline a few miles away.
Canaan Valley review written Jan 05 2011 - 12:46 PM
Dennis Advanced Skier
Great low key ski resort with virtually no crowds. Snow quality would be fantastic all season around but be aware that there is no express lift and you will sit still longer than you want so bring a hand warmer. In general, can't think any better place to ski for the price.
Canaan Valley review written Dec 28 2010 - 01:13 PM
Harry Advanced Skier
Very nice place. No double diamonds but great for any family.
Canaan Valley review written Dec 27 2010 - 04:21 PM
John the Shredder Advanced Snowboarder
Call ahead to find out how many slopes are open. There were few people and no lift lines, but not too many slopes open.
Canaan Valley review written Dec 26 2010 - 12:46 PM
Kevin Intermediate Skier
Call ahead to find out how many trails are actually open! When we arrived the first day, only ~1/3 of the mountain was open--a few greens and black diamonds only. The website did not indicate so few trails were open. Otherwise, very low key ski area, not crowded.
Canaan Valley review written Dec 23 2010 - 04:36 PM
Sarah Intermediate Skier
Canaan Valley is great! There are no lines for the lift and the slopes are in great shape!
Canaan Valley review written Dec 23 2010 - 04:29 PM
Travis Intermediate Snowboarder
Had a great trip to Canaan Ski Resort. Very Friendly people and a great day of skiiing
Canaan Valley review written Dec 23 2010 - 02:14 PM
Jim Intermediate Skier

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