Canaan Valley is a ski area located in the state of West Virginia in USA. The resort is in the town of Davis, WV.
We recently ranked all of West Virginia's ski resorts, so you can see where Canaan Valley stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Canaan Valley is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.
There are numerous options to stay at Canaan Valley around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Canaan Valley Terrain Overview
Canaan Valley has a total of 47 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Canaan Valley is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 91 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 37 hectares, 0.1 square miles, or 0.4 square kilometers.
Canaan Valley's slopes see on average 160 inches (4.1 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 13 feet every year!
Canaan Valley Elevation
Canaan Valley has a summit elevation of 4,280 feet, or 1,304 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 3,430 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 850 feet (259 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Canaan Valley's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.
Canaan Valley Difficulty Level
48.2out of 100
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Canaan Valley has 91 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Canaan Valley is a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has a fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Canaan Valley good for beginners?
Canaan Valley can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Canaan Valley Location
Canaan Valley is located in the state of West Virginia, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Davis, WV.
Davis, WV 26260 USA
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Getting to Canaan Valley
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Canaan Valley), its coordinates of 39.12000, -79.37000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Davis, WV to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Canaan Valley.
|Washington Dulles International Airport||IAD||Washington, DC||103 mi|
|Pittsburgh International Airport||PIT||Pittsburgh, PA||105 mi|
|Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport||DCA||Washington, DC||127 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Canaan Valley.
|Morgantown Municipal Walter L. Bill Hart Field||MGW||Morgantown, WV||46 mi|
|North Central West Virginia Airport||CKB||Clarksburg, WV||48 mi|
|Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport||SHD||Staunton/Waynesboro/Harrisonburg, VA||64 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Canaan Valley, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Canaan Valley.
|Timberline Four Seasons||Davis, WV||4,268 ft||37%||6 mi|
|Bryce Resort||Mount Jackson, VA||1,750 ft||26%||46 mi|
|Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin||Farmington, PA||2,030 ft||31%||49 mi|
|Massanutten||Massanutten, VA||2,925 ft||45%||60 mi|
|Seven Springs||Champion, PA||2,994 ft||34%||62 mi|
|Tussey Mountain||Boalsburg, PA||1,810 ft||34%||64 mi|
|Hidden Valley||Somerset, PA||2,875 ft||34%||65 mi|
|Snowshoe Mountain||Snowshoe, WV||4,848 ft||42%||68 mi|
|Laurel Mountain||Boswell, PA||2,766 ft||26%||73 mi|
|The Omni Homestead||Hot Springs, VA||3,200 ft||29%||80 mi|
|Wintergreen||Nellysford, VA||3,515 ft||48%||89 mi|
|Blue Knob||Claysburg, PA||3,172 ft||52%||91 mi|
|Boyce Park||Pittsburgh, PA||1,232 ft||8%||95 mi|
Canaan Valley Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||4,280 ft|
|Base Elevation||3,430 ft|
|Vertical Drop||850 ft|
(20% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 44% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||160 inches|