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Cross-country skiing areas may be found throughout the eastern mountains of West Virginia, providing Nordic skiers access to the region's remote wilderness areas. Thousands of miles of back-country trails lead through the Monongahela National Forest. Hiking trails throughout the state double as cross-country trails when weather permits.  Cross country skiing ... (con't)
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Cross Country Skiing

Throughout the high mountain wilderness you'll find guides, outfitters, and private cross-country areas that will doubtlessly make your cross country trip great. Thousand of miles of skiable trails criss-cross throughout the Monongahela National Forest near the Canaan Valley and Snowshoe Mountain resort areas. Most West Virginia parks and forests in mountainous regions provide cross country equipment. Cross Country Skiing in West Virginia

Alpine Lake Resort & Conference Center
Phone: (304) 789-2481, toll-free 1-800-752-7179
Nine miles of cross-country skiing trails encircle Alpine Lake and ascend into the surrounding Allegheny Mountain forest. The smallest of popular cross-country skiing areas in West Virginia, Alpine Lake is a preferred getaway for enthusiasts in search of new and unexplored Nordic trails. Cross-country equipment rentals are available at the resort's 35-guest-room lodge. A drive of fewer than 25 minutes from Wisp Ski Resort, in Maryland, Alpine Lake is located in a popular winter vacation area.  

Blackwater Falls State Park
Phone: (304) 259-5216, toll-free 1-800-225-5982
More than ten miles of cross-country skiing trails are groomed and maintained at Blackwater Falls State Park, just west of the Canaan Valley. The park's full-service cross-country skiing and snowshoeing center offers lessons and equipment rentals from mid-December through March 15. Overlooks of Blackwater Falls and Blackwater Canyon are among the many trail highlights. Park accommodations include 26 deluxe cabins and the 54-room Blackwater Lodge. A quarter-mile sled run, with tow, is groomed and maintained when snow is sufficient.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Phone: (304) 866-4121, toll-free 1-800-622-4121
Thirty kilometers of marked, ungroomed cross-country skiing trails journey through the meadowlands and forests of Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Lessons, ski rentals, snowshoe rentals, and guided cross-country tours are available through the park's cross-country skiing center. Among West Virginia's chief winter getaways, Canaan Valley also provides an ice-skating rink, a snowboarding terrain park, a five-lane snow tubing park, and a 34-slope downhill skiing area. Park amenities include lounges, restaurants, 23 deluxe cabins, and a 250-room lodge.

Elk River Touring Center
Phone: (304) 572-3771, toll free 1-866-572-3771
Forty kilometers of cross-country skiing trails, including five miles of machine-groomed trail, extend through the wooded acreage of the Elk River Touring Center and climb into the encircling mountains of the Monongahela National Forest. Lessons, guided tours, and ski, sled, and snowshoe rentals are available through the center's touring shop. Elk River is convenient to dozens of popular pubs, night clubs, and restaurants at Snowshoe Mountain, only five miles distant. On-site amenities include a pub, two inns, a restaurant, and four private cabins.

Monongahela National Forest
Phone: (304) 636-1800
Thousands of kilometers of trail and unplowed road are suitable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the million-acre Monongahela National Forest of eastern West Virginia. Many of its trails are located in remote mountain areas subject to winter squalls, so use caution when planning a cross-country adventure here. Many forest trails connect with those of developed cross-country ski areas, including those at Snowshoe Mountain, Blackwater Falls State Park, Elk River Touring Center, Whitegrass Ski Touring Center, and Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

Pipestem Resort State Park
Phone:  (304) 466-1800, toll-free 1-800-225-5982
Fifteen miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails course through highland fields and forests at Pipestem Resort State Park. A half hour's drive south of Winterplace Ski Resort, Pipestem is located in a popular winter vacation area. Skiing highlights include the park's large and friendly deer population and overlooks of the gorge of the Bluestone National Scenic River. Ski, sled, and snowshoe rentals are available. Park amenities include an indoor pool, two restaurants, twenty-five rental cottages, and a 113-room lodge and conference center.

Timberline Resort
Phone: (304) 866-4777, toll-free 1-800-766-9464
More than fifteen kilometers of ungroomed cross-country skiing trails trace through the mountain woodlands at Timberline Resort in the northern Canaan Valley. Access to Nordic trails is afforded by lifts that otherwise serve the ski area's 36 downhill slopes. Ski lessons and cross-country skiing and snowboard rentals are available through Timberline's lodge and ski school. Private vacation rentals account for the larger part of lodging at Timberline and, as Timberline is located in the Canaan Valley vacation area, many restaurants are located nearby.

Snowshoe Mountain
Phone: (304) 572-5982, toll-free 1-866-851-4585
Forty kilometers of marked cross-country skiing trails tour the highland forests at Snowshoe Mountain, which is among the most popular winter vacation destinations in the eastern United States. Lessons, guided tours, and ski, sled, snowshoe, and snowmobile rentals are available through Snowshoe's cross-country skiing center. Though located in a remote mountain area, Snowshoe is a major U.S. winter-vacation destination, and countless pubs, shops, nightclubs, restaurants, and lodging facilities are located on the mountain and nearby.  

Whitegrass Ski Touring Center  
Phone: (304) 572-5982
More than twenty kilometers of groomed cross-country skiing trails are yours to explore within the Whitegrass Ski Touring Center in the Canaan Valley of eastern West Virginia -- one of the most popular Nordic skiing destinations in the eastern United States. Private vacation rentals account for the larger part of lodging near Whitegrass. The ski area is located in the Canaan Valley vacation area, so many shops and restaurants are located nearby. Whitegrass also conducts tours of the adjacent Monongahela National Forest and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
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