West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Cold temperatures bring out the TF10s at Canaan Valley Resort State Park

11/18/2013 DAVIS, W.Va. - The TechnoAlpin TF10s are the big snow guns at the Canaan Valley Resort ski areas and this week’s cold temperatures have them shooting snow in preparation for the new winter sports season. Weighing in at less than at ton and a length of almost 6 feet, the snow gun fleet at Canaan Valley is capable of creating and throwing snow for 200 feet or farther. If run for a 24 hour period at temperatures conducive for retaining snow, the snow guns can convert 250,000 gallons of water from on-site ponds to produce machine-made snow.
Natural snow and cold temperatures create good ski and tubing surface conditions. However, when snowfall is marginal but the temperature remains cold, using alpine equipment to produce snow builds a great snow base for a full season of downhill skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.
“Canaan Valley is anticipating colder than normal temperatures and has started to augment natural snow accumulation in preparation for the ski season,” said Dave Bostic, managing director with Guest Services, the hospitality company that manages the facility operation at Canaan Valley.
Canaan Valley Resort ski season plans to open Dec. 14, 2013. The beginner’s lift and lower mountain may open by Dec. 7, followed by the opening of the tubing park and slopes. Early ski season is contingent upon cold temperatures that allow any natural and machine-made snow base to remain. The resort posts ski updates to its website www.canaanresort.com and posts to Facebook and Twitter to announce ski dates and hours.
Canaan Valley Lodge is new and features 160 rooms with views of the valley and with many featuring fireplaces. The resort’s restaurant is open daily and features weekend buffets in a dining room that overlooks Canaan Valley. The Laurel Lounge also is located at the lodge and includes dining service featuring Wednesday Wings and Thursday Taco nights. The Buzztime Trivia Game site is popular with resort visitors and guests.
Season ski passes at Canaan Valley Resort are available at a reduced rate through Nov. 30. For more information about Canaan Valley Resort, visit www.canaanresort.com or call 304-866-4121.

About the TechnoAlpin TF10
The TF10 snow gun is a fully automatic, low-pressure type fan gun with an amazing projection capability. The quality of the snow is consistent over the entire area and slope preparation time is significantly reduced. Snow reliability is the number one criterion when it comes to choosing a winter sports destination.
Snow-making equipment helps to guarantee excellent winter recreation conditions. The indirect value of machine-made snow is also recognized by area businesses in the Canaan Valley region. Good snow attracts a higher volume of visitors to Canaan Valley area businesses that cater to and provide additional services supporting winter sport and holiday visitors.

Contact Information

Dave Bostic
304-866-4121
CanaanValleySP@wv.gov