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Ski an old coal town that nearly became a ghost town


Just 50 years ago, the town of Davis seemed likely to become a ghost town. But, thanks to its high altitude and abundance of snow, Davis went from a coal town to a ghost town to a thriving ski town.

Perched at 3,100 feet, it’s probably no surprise that this highest town in West Virginia is especially appealing to skiers. Nestled along the Blackwater River, the town sits on the edge of the massive Monongahela National Forest, located in the biggest high-elevation valley east of the Mississippi River. Thanks to the region’s topography--nearby mountains, the Allegheny Plateau, and the eastern Continental Divide--the region is inundated with heaps of snow.

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