This Beckley travel guide from BBOnline shows you how to have some winter fun in and around this charming town.
Grandview State Park
Beckley, West Virginia 25801
Just about 6 miles northeast of Beckley, this spectacular park features trails perfect for cross-country skiing and sandstones cliffs covered with rhododendron in winter. The park has unusual rock formations, stunning views of the New River Gorge National River and hosts outdoor dramas that tell the story of Virginia's birth and its infamous feud. It's an experience you wouldn't want to miss during your Hinton Bed and Breakfast stay.
Pipestem Resort State Park
P.O. Box 150
Pipestem, West Virginia 25979
You can go sledding, ice skating and skiing at this park on the northern edge of the magnificent Bluestone River gorge. Ski, sled, and snowshoe rentals are available.
Fifteen miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails wind through highland fields and forests. There's an aerial tram and fantastic views of the Bluestone Canyon and surrounding tablelands. Pipestem is within 20 miles of Beckley, which makes it an easy addition to your Beckley travel plans.
Winterplace Ski Resort
100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road
Flat Top, West Virginia 25841
Located just off Interstate 77 near Beckley, this resort offers snow tubing, sledding, snowboarding and a ski area covering 90 acres. There are 27 downhill ski trails, the majority ideal for beginners. On weekends, the place draws a lot of skiers from Beckley. The best time to ski here is on a Sunday or Monday when fewer people are about.
The runs are well-maintained and the area gets plenty of snow. Equipment rentals are available but it's recommended that you bring your own unless you're ready to wait in a long line. There are nine lifts, so getting to the top is easy, but try the lifts at the far side of the mountain as those at the base are usually very busy.
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, West Virginia 26209
If you want the best skiing in the southeast on your Beckley travel itinerary, it's worth making the 2.5-hour trip to Snowshoe Mountain with a summit elevation of 4,848 feet and 1,500-foot vertical drop. The wide range of winter activities here is unbeatable. However, it's steep mountain is best tackled by experienced skiers.
Snowmobiling is the most popular thing to do in Snowshoe. Snowmobiling tours are available of the Snowshoe Basin or and the backcountry tour of Snowshoe's wilderness. There's the Coca-Cola Tubing Park which features a 6-story tubing hill, sleigh rides and more. If you can get hold of season passes in the summer, you'll enjoy discounts on the skiing and snowboarding.
Plus there's a free shuttle to take you about the resort and make it easy for you to haul your ski gear about. You can get equipment rental in the village. Try mid-week for crowd-free winter fun. The resort is a great day trip from your Hinton Inn.