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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
New Year’s Eve Bash
Ring in the New Year at Canaan Valley!
Pamela Gatens Trunk Show
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.
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
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!
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
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
Ride with pro snowboarders and coaches who will help build your skills or just let you enjoy the ride.
College Winter Break
How about a snow trip in between semesters? Snowshoe offers great student deals, vibrant nightlife and unbeatable conditions.
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
The third annual ski camp for women is back with several days of events!
Cupp Run Challenge
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
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
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
The annual slopestyle competition has returned! Compete in Snowshoe’s premier terrain park for cash prizes, gear and more.
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
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
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!
Enjoy full-day ski clinics and an après ski party in the evening with races on Sunday.
Timberline goes all-out for their end of season get-down: a lava parade, fireworks, races, costume contests, a pig roast and more!
About 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 email@example.com, and you can read more about her adventures at www.wvexecutive.com/category/executive-exclusives.