Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ski Canaan

With Spring struggling to make an early appearance in the mountains of West Virginia, we decided to make one last ski trip before the snowpack is completely gone.  Thankfully, Canaan Valley--at an elevation of 3,200 ft--still has plenty of the white stuff.

We stayed at Canaan Resort inside Canaan Valley State Park.  They have some awesome winter packages, which makes skiing much more affordable for a couple of poor college students.  Plus, the deer are super friendly...

The recent warm spell made for icy conditions early.  But as the day wore on, the surface softened up a bit and the skiing improved drastically.

As first time quests to the area, we decided to do a little exploring around lunch time, which turned out to be an excellent decision.

Driving into Davis, we chose to briefly explore Blackwater Falls State Park before satisfying our growing appetites.

After taking in the beauty of the falls, we stumbled upon this little jewel...

Hellbender Burritos has to be one of the coolest places I've ever eaten.  The atmosphere is great and you won't find a more unique collection of decorations anywhere.  The food is top notch as well.  I recommend the Admiral...it's loaded with various peppers and cheeses, as well as black beans, guacamole, and grilled chicken that is marinated in a secret blend of spices.  It's a hefty burrito...sure to satisfy the grizzliest of appetites.

After lunch, it was back to the slopes in order to carve our way through the final runs of the season.

We had to stop in Elkins on the way home to take a picture of this huge statue of Minnehaha

One thing is for sure, we'll be visiting Canaan Valley again in the future...hopefully sooner than later!

-Appalachian Outdoors

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