Canaan Valley Resort

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Editorial Review

Distance from Washington: 185 miles (about four hours)
Average snow: 160 inches
Average season length: 108 days
Price: High-season weekend lift ticket is $49 (Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or noon to 8 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); night ski ticket is $30 (4:30 to 8 p.m.).
Best for: Groups or families at different skill levels. The resort's learn-to-ski classes should make those black diamonds a piece of cake in no time. On tap this season are airboarding (flying belly-down on a propelled raft) clinics and races.

-- Becky Krystal (November 2009)