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What to do when you’re wondering why you’re here and the natural snow stinks or is nonexistent? Perhaps some snow nearby regionally? Blackwater, Canaan, and Timberline make snow. Gear up for an amazing free and welcome hike up parts of our unbelievable trail system and mountain glades, scenic overlooks, and shelters with wood stoves. Feed the birds out of your hand. Visit the bubbling sand spring on Freeland Road, then telemark ski, night ski, and Nordic ski on man-made snow. Grab a one-way lift ticket at Canaan and combine with a Dolly Sods ski-n-hike while you sniff out snow way up high. Fly across the land by ice skate at Canaan, sled run at Canaan or Blackwater, tube hill, snowshoe, or horseback. Head out on an adventurous waterfall hike or go animal tracking. Mountain bike in the dirt, fat tire bike on the snow indoor bike at Trail Labs. Gear up for caving, rock climbing, Davis boulder park or indoor at Trail Labs,  paddling, or off roading. Hang out at the local coffee shops, visit the new Ski Museum, and go stargazing in some of the clearest of all eastern skies. Our valley is incredibly quiet and peaceful. Visit nature centers and state park facilities, explore the tourist info office, trade and demo XC gear, climb Olson Tower, enjoy a local cafe, shop in a local store, support local artist galleries. 

Whatever you’re into, please stop in for ideas from our qualified local experts. Enjoy a wealth of wonderful old and new ski videos and some great music.  We normally stream the best FM stations on the planet including…WYEP Pittsburgh and Radio Paradise

There are many great indoor spaces in the area that make getaways a good time regardless of the weather. Brand New amazing  Adventure Guild Game Shop in Thomas will blow your mind. Gradient Project Space right next door is fascinating. Brite Bear Yoga wonderful new studio and staff. Experience Canaan’s Trail Labs indoor climbing  pump track, cafe, and more hosting special events and really cool. Nature Centers at Canaan and Blackwater and a wonderful Visitors Center at the Canaan National Wildlife Refuge. Check out Purple Fiddle, WV Highlands Gallery, Highland Farm and Food, Lamplight , Invisible and Creature Galleries in Thomas and the entire Front Street shops, Tip Top Coffee, Billy Hotel Lounge/Cafe, Ellenders Dining, Picnic Taco Stumptown Ales, Wild Ginger & Spice or Davis’ Blackwater Bikes, Mountain State Brewing Company. Happy & Moore Bakery & General Store, Tie One On Taphouse & Fly Shop, Sister Wishes Crafting Company…Tucker Community Foundation would love to meet you. 

There are many other fine local establishments and they need your business. Over 20 neat places to eat. Brand new Ol’ Barn Bakery! Our local Travel and Tourism folks in Davis welcome visitors and filled with brochures, info, and first hand clues to the area.  and check out the new Timberline Mtn. Ski Area or Canaan Valley Resort State Park.  Be thankful we’re in the mountains and go exploring; everybody’s friendly and anxious to meet you. 

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AMAZING!!! Anybody can go to White Grass and have an incredibly fun and memorable experience! Everyone from toddlers to your most experienced skier, they have something for you. The atmosphere is epic, the skiing is epic, the food is epic, everything, EPIC!

— Kohl Aumer

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