It’s opening day at Canaan Valley, and with 10 slopes open and 18 to 30 inches of snow, the season is shaping up to be a perfect one.
“Weather is the key factor. Last year, we opened on Thanksgiving from the top of the mountain. Everything was great. Conditions were perfect, and then it started getting warm. It started raining, and we lost all of the snow that we made,” said park superintendent Stanley Beafore.
In response to the cold weather conditions, resort officials have been working around the clock to make sure the snow is deep and the slopes continue to open.
“We have been blowing snow 24/7. Every second that we could, we’re making snow. We’ve got an 18 to 30-inch base. We’ve got ten runs open, two from the top of the mountain, that’s Timber and the face. Conditions are excellent. It’s going to be a big day,” continued Beafore.
Skiers and snowboarders from all over the state flocked to the resort. The first 100 guests were offered free lift tickets, which were gone in just under half an hour. Resort officials were hoping for 1,000 guests.
Snowboarder C.J. Foy said he’s happy to see so many slopes open to challenge his skills.
“I’ll ride anything from the beginner blue circles to the black diamonds, the more advanced expert terrain. This morning, I am going to take a couple beginner runs just to get my legs warmed up, and then go down some more advanced terrain as the day goes on,” said Foy.
If the weather stays like this, with low temperatures and a great amount of natural snow, the mountain is anticipating opening thirty runs by Christmas time.