Canaan Valley Ski resort had 23 slopes open Sunday for a free ski day. Anybody from novice to beginner could get on the slopes and try their hand at skiing.

“It’s a promotion that the state ski area association was putting on and they were doing free skiing here at snowshow and winterplace,” said Sherri Harold, ticket office manager.

For the free ski day, any West Virginia resident could come out and put on some skis.

“I came just to spend some quality time with my friends,” said Kymberly Mannich, Petersburg resident.

“I’ve never skied before and I heard this was the best place to do it. I had a great time and I fell like five times in a row and I couldn’t get up,” said Hannah Lafferry, Petersburg resident.

“It was a lot of fun, we tried some different trails and had a good time. It was a good day,” said Mackenzie Weasenforth, Petersburg resident.

Canaan Valley is coming to the end of the ski season and although it was a warmer winter, the resort was able to keep the mountains covered with their snowmaking machines.

“This has been a pretty good year. It hasn’t necessarily been a snowy winter but we’ve been able to make snow and maintain the mountain. We got a great snow making crew and they’ve put in a lot of hard work,” Harold said. 

Days like this help boost attendance at the resort which is a vital part of the tourism community in Tucker County.

“Very helpful it gives the people of the community a winter job. We are a small community, we don’t have a lot of outside businesses and here in the valley the economy and the job is based on the tourism and on the visitors,” said Harold. 

Hundreds of visitors visited the slopes for free ski day.