Canaan Valley

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!

Season Passes

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.

Lodging Options

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 (49 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 13 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
91(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall
160"(4,877 cm)

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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
4,280'(1,304 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
850'(259 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
3,430'(1,045 m)

Canaan Valley Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
46.9out of 100
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Canaan Valley can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 81% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


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 mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 19% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 81%.
Green Circle
19%(17 acres)

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.

Blue Square
36%(33 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
45%(41 acres)

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 81% 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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GPS Coordinates:
39.12000, -79.37000

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 AirportIADWashington, DC103 mi
Pittsburgh International AirportPITPittsburgh, PA105 mi
Ronald Reagan Washington National AirportDCAWashington, DC127 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 FieldMGWMorgantown, WV46 mi
North Central West Virginia AirportCKBClarksburg, WV48 mi
Shenandoah Valley Regional AirportSHDStaunton/Waynesboro/Harrisonburg, VA64 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.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Timberline Four SeasonsDavis, WV4,268 ft35%6 mi
Bryce ResortMount Jackson, VA1,750 ft25%46 mi
Mystic Mountain at NemacolinFarmington, PA2,030 ft29%49 mi
MassanuttenMassanutten, VA2,925 ft43%60 mi
Seven SpringsChampion, PA2,994 ft32%62 mi
Tussey MountainBoalsburg, PA1,810 ft33%64 mi
Hidden ValleySomerset, PA2,875 ft32%65 mi
Snowshoe MountainSnowshoe, WV4,848 ft41%68 mi
Laurel MountainBoswell, PA2,766 ft25%73 mi
The Omni HomesteadHot Springs, VA3,200 ft28%80 mi
WintergreenNellysford, VA3,515 ft46%89 mi
Blue KnobClaysburg, PA3,172 ft50%91 mi
Boyce ParkPittsburgh, PA1,232 ft7%95 mi

Canaan Valley Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation4,280 ft
Base Elevation3,430 ft
Vertical Drop850 ft
(19% Beginner,  36% Intermediate,  45% Expert)
Skiable Acres91
Avg. Annual Snowfall160 inches
Canaan Valley Mountain Stats