The slopes aren’t the only way to enjoy winter’s beauty. Explore with the laid-back, more soulful ski trip – cross country skiing. Cross-country is also called “touring,” or “Nordic style.” Rather than rapidly swooshing down hills, cross-country skiers look for flatter trails that allow them to kick and glide almost effortlessly through miles of winter wonderland. West Virginia’s state parks have some great places for cross-country skiing, whether you are seasoned skier looking to explore the backcountry, or a beginner looking to rent equipment and learn the basics on easy packed and groomed trails.
Pipestem Resort State Park
Stunning Pipestem Resort State Park is a perfect place for cross-country skiing and sledding especially with the incredible backcountry views the trails provide. The park even features seven advanced trails that are not maintained for experienced skiers. Stay on site at the newly renovated McKeever Lodge, which as 113 guest rooms and suites or one of the parks 26 comfy cabins.
Blackwater Falls State Park
Blackwater Falls State Park is known for its amazing 57-foot cascade, but the park also has a number of outdoor activities available, including cross-country skiing. The park has more than 10 miles of trails available for cross-country skiing. Whenever the park is covered in snow, incredible views await you at every corner. Blackwater Falls State Park also has a gorgeous newly renovated 54 room lodge with sweeping views of the gorge below as well as 39 cozy cabins.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Due to its high elevation and annual snowfall of about 180 inches, Canaan Valley Resort State Park has a lengthy season for snow sports and recreation. The park has 47 trails for downhill skiers, as well as cross-country skiing, making it a great place for beginners and families to enjoy the wintry weather.