Lost & Found: Winter at West Virginia’s Resorts

Editor’s Note: This story was previously published on Vandaleer.com partner www.wvexecutive.com.

These are my stories from the road and hard-won guidance from a thoughtful traveler. If I’m making you curious about getting lost and finding the good stuff in this great big world we all share, then I’m doing something right.

I can’t blame you for wanting to curl up with your family when the mercury drops in West Virginia—there’s nothing like watching the snow come down on the weekend. As much as I enjoy shutting off the outside world for a while, eventually I get the itch to step out and enjoy what our great state has to offer, no matter the season. In an effort to give you the best of both worlds, I’ve compiled a list of what’s happening at our resorts and ski havens this winter. From workshops to dinners, live music to beer festivals and everything in between, there is room for you to kick back by the fire and explore what’s outside the doors of these resorts when you’re ready. Be sure to check their web sites for full details, booking information and special deals.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park



Opening Day for the Ski Area

December 10

New Year’s Eve Bash

December 31

Ring in the New Year at Canaan Valley!


The Greenbrier



Pamela Gatens Trunk Show

November 25-26

December 23-24

Come to the Carleton Varney Gift Gallery and watch artist Pamela Gatens as she demonstrates her impressionist style of painting. Her acrylic and watercolor collections include florals, abstracts, colorful cats, landscapes, roosters and farm friends, watercolor paintings, small works and more.


Ring in ‘17

December 29-January 1

Ring in the New Year at America’s Resort with assorted events, including a Champagne Toast and Ball Drop, Casino Club Party, Kids Big Night Out Dinner Party, “Z” Night Party for teens and a New Year’s Day Breakfast.


Oglebay Resort


Winter Festival of Lights

November 11-January 8

This annual holiday light show is one of the nation’s largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive through the resort. Every Friday during the festival, visitors can enjoy the Festival of Lights Buffet from 5-9 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended.


Pipestem Resort State Park



Eagle Survey of the Pipestem Area

January 7

This is an annual survey of the skies and waterways for golden and bald eagles in the Pipestem area. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., volunteers are assigned stations at various areas to watch and record sightings.

Gift Buyer Marketplace

January 29-February 1

The Best Little Gift Show in West Virginia is held at Pipestem Resort State Park. Open to retail businesses, this three-day marketplace is the one-stop shopping place for retailers.




Ski Season Begins!

November 23


Beats on the Basin Series

December 23 & 30

January 6, 13, 20 & 27

February 3, 10, 17 & 24

Beats on the Basin offers live music from 10 p.m. to midnight.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

December 31-January 1

Enjoy Early Bird, Late Night and All Night Celebrations; Little Tyke’s New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Eve Split Rock Pool Party; New Year’s Eve Bash at the Connection or New Year’s Eve at the Comedy Cellar.

World’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Lesson

January 6

Help Snowshoe set a new world record as they attempt to create the world’s largest ski and snowboard lesson!

Burton Women’s Snowboard Camp 10th Anniversary

January 6-8

Ride with pro snowboarders and coaches who will help build your skills or just let you enjoy the ride.

College Winter Break

January 6-8

How about a snow trip in between semesters? Snowshoe offers great student deals, vibrant nightlife and unbeatable conditions.

Subaru Winterfest

January 14-15

February 11-12

Visitors can demo the latest equipment from Nordica and LibTech and grab some great giveaways and hot chocolate. Free parking for Subaru owners.

Head Women’s Ski Camp

January 27-29

The third annual ski camp for women is back with several days of events!

Cupp Run Challenge

February 6

One of Snowshoe’s oldest traditions, conquer the steeps of the legendary Western Territory in this giant slalom race. Multiple classes are offered for ski and snowboard.

Burton Kids Camp

February 11-12

This camp is dedicated to the little shredders who want to expand their skills. With a supervised Kids Night Out pizza party, ice cream social and goody bags, they’ll never want this weekend to end.

Snowshoe Foundation Ice Dinner

February 24

The foundation dinner includes food and drink, live entertainment and silent and live auctions that benefit the Snowshoe Foundation in its work serving communities in Webster, Randolph and Pocahontas counties. Tickets must be purchased in advance!

West Virginia Open

February 25

The annual slopestyle competition has returned! Compete in Snowshoe’s premier terrain park for cash prizes, gear and more.


Stonewall Resort



November 24

The resort will be “serving a delicious spread from crisp salads and farm table bounty, to your favorite holiday desserts!” Reservations required.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations

December 31

With two different packages to choose from and incredible deals on your stay, you can party your way into 2017.

New Year’s Day Comedy Show

January 1

This package deal includes an overnight stay and a West Virginia comedy troupe to show you a good time.


Timberline Four Seasons Resort


Opening Day for Skiing!

December 16


Telemark Festival

February 25-26

Enjoy full-day ski clinics and an après ski party in the evening with races on Sunday.

Snowy Luau

March 10-12

Timberline goes all-out for their end of season get-down: a lava parade, fireworks, races, costume contests, a pig roast and more!


photoAbout the Author

Katie Allie is a West Virginia native who holds degrees in English and elementary education. A teacher by trade, she spent years in a classroom before branching out as a travel consultant and writer. With five continents under her belt and an affinity for noodle soup, it should come as no surprise that she loves to write about food and talk adventure. She may be reached at hello@acrossthelinetravel.com, and you can read more about her adventures at www.wvexecutive.com/category/executive-exclusives.