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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 Slopes Open at Canaan Valley State Park Dec. 7, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - The main ski area opens Dec. 7 at Canaan Valley State Park near Davis in Tucker County. “It’s great to have skiing available in early December,” said Lenora Testerman, editor of the Bear Tracks Newsletter, a weekly publication for resort guests and amenities information found at the ski resort.

Ski area hours for Dec. 7–25 are: lift operations from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Ticket office, ski equipment rentals and Ski School hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Canaan Valley Resort offers ski school for individuals, groups or children. Canaan Cub Club is for youth ages 5-8. Mountain Adventure is a more advanced school that caters to youth ages 9-15.

The new 160-room Canaan Lodge is open with amazing views from the hotel rooms that overlook the valley. The Hickory Dining Room with its central fireplace is open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. The park features Christmas Holiday and New Year’s Eve overnight packages for families or couples. Packages include skiing options.

J.R. Nolan is the Canaan Valley ski instructor for the 2014 ski season. Nolan, with 33 years of experience, is a PSIA Level 3 1983 Instructor and USSA Alpine Coach, Refree, Official and Master Competitor. “Skiing isn't just about doing drills and exercises. It is about incorporating the correct movements into your everyday skiing and your everyday technique. From the beginner to the advanced skier, the movements required to ski are the foundation of what the Canaan Valley Ski School is all about,” said Nolan.

Special ski promotions are available for discount lift and rental options throughout the season. Visit CanaanResort.com, promotions page, for the latest offers including Food Bank Mondays, Military Discounts and Snowbuster Deals. Lift tickets and rentals may also be purchased through Online Ticket Sales three to five days prior to arrival.

The four-season resort is near Blackwater Falls State Park. The two state parks are valued destinations for winter sports enthusiasts. Both parks offer lodges and vacation cabins, with new ones open at Blackwater Falls. The Canaan Valley tubing park is scheduled to open later in December as winter temperature permit adequate snowmaking. To learn more about Canaan Valley visit canaanresort.com or call 304-866-4121. Visit www.wvstateparks.com to learn more about all areas that make up the West Virginia State Park system.

Contact Information

Rob Gilligan, Supt., Canaan Valley Resort State Park