Experience Almost Heaven on skis, sleds, snowshoes or even ice skates
Experience the magic of winter at West Virginia state parks and forests. Whether you prefer snowshoeing through a peaceful forest or rocketing down a mountain ski slope, there’s a winter sport in Almost Heaven you’re sure to love. Book a lodge room at one of these parks and get set for your snowy adventure!
Blackwater Falls State Park
Experience the thrill of the longest sled run on the East Coast at Blackwater Falls. Race down a quarter mile of fresh snow, then hitch a ride back up the hill on the conveyor belt. The sled run is popular and often sells out, so grab your tickets in advance before you go!
For those who prefer quiet contemplation in the snow-blanketed forest, many of the trails at Blackwater are suitable for snowshoes and cross-country skis. This sport is dependent upon natural snow. Equipment can be rented at the park.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
When people think of winter getaway, Canaan Valley Resort ticks off all the boxes. Downhill skiing and snowboarding? Check. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing? Check. Tubing? Check. There’s even an ice-skating rink! All the equipment for these activities can be rented from the park.
The park’s 47 trails provide skiing and snowboarding options for all ages and experience levels. Canaan Valley Resort also works with Challenged Athletes of West Virginia to provide highly specialized adaptive equipment and experienced instructors for those with disabilities.
Race your friends and family down the slopes at Canaan’s multi-lane tubing park. At 1,200 feet long, the snow tube park is one of the longest in the Mid-Atlantic and features a conveyor belt for quick ascent back to the top of the hill.
In winter, the golf course is made available to cross-country skiers and snowshoeing, and over 20 miles of marked and ungroomed trails are open to the sport. (Cross-country trails are dependent on natural snow.)
Lace up your ice skates and practice your figure eights! Just behind the main lodge, the outdoor covered ice rink offers an unbeatable view of Canaan Valley and the Allegheny Mountains — ideal for romantics and the young at heart.
Pipestem Resort State Park
Pipestem Resort is fast becoming known as nature’s playground, where recreational opportunities abound year-round. When snow blankets the resort’s rolling hills, it’s time to break out the sleds and cross-country skis. Bring your own equipment or check with Pipestem’s Pro Shop for rental information.
Start planning your winter wonderland getaway in Almost Heaven! West Virginia state parks and forests offer accommodations ranging from cozy cabins to full-service lodges.