Courtesy of Timberline Four Seasons Resort

Unexpected slopes in a low-key ski destination.

Travel + Leisure
May 31, 2012

With 150 inches of snow every year, West Virginia’s Canaan Valley is one of the mid-Atlantic’s top ski centers. Its two resorts—Timberline and Canaan Valley Resort—have a collective 74 trails (some of which are two miles long) and a family-friendly après ski scene.

Timberline Hotel Ski Mountain

Runs at can be up to two miles long. Try one of the ski pass/lodging packages, in basic loft cabins and condos with balconies or Jacuzzi tubs.

Canaan Valley Resort

Skiing the 39 slopes is one of many winter activities at Canaan. Snow-loving adventurers can also try snow tubing and “airboarding,” a high-tech take on traditional downhill sledding on an inflatable ride. The 250-room lodge has an arcades room, a spa and gym, and a kids’ center.

Bear Paw

Ski in and fuel up on burgers and fries or hearty chili at this Canaan Valley resort food court.

The Purple Fiddle

Appalachian après-ski means bluegrass at this wood-paneled restaurant, where a free-spirited crowd gathers for falafel wraps and local bands.

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