Governor Tomblin holds news conference on Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

  • Posted on: 21 January 2014
  • By: The Media Center

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and officials with the West Virginia Ski Areas Association announced that January was officially Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in the mountain state. By proclamation released at a news conference held at the state capitol, West Virginia joined the national program that includes ski-industry states in North America. West Virginia Ski Resorts teach thousands of first-time skiers every season and new skier and snowboard lessons have increased so far this season.

Governor Tomblin's comments on Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

The Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, started by a group of industry officials in 2007, encourages children and adults to try to ski and snowboard if they never have done so and also encourages those already involved to try a new way of having fun on the slopes. You can find out more about the program by going to or

Annually the association’s five alpine resorts, Canaan Valley and Timberline in Tucker County, Oglebay Resort in Ohio County, Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County and Winterplace in Raleigh County, and the association’s two nordic areas White Grass in Tucker County and Elk River in Pocahontas County experience nearly a million skier visits. The economic impact from the five-month long industry is over $300 million, employing 5,000 on and off the resort properties.

The 2013-2014 season is pacing ahead of last season’s winter numbers for West Virginia’s resorts due to excellent winter weather conditions, such as this week’s chilly temperatures and natural snowfall, perfect for visitors to the resorts the coming days. All of the state’s resorts report increased crowds for last weekend’s Martin Luther King Holiday, traditionally the busiest weekend of the year. “The weather has been favorable and that has helped create awesome conditions on the slopes,” says Terry Pfeiffer, President of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and Winterplace Ski Resort. “Along with this week’s natural snow came cold temperatures allowing all of the resorts to make snow around the clock.” West Virginia Ski Resorts have invested millions of dollars in snowmaking equipment which assures skiers and snowboarders in the region reliable conditions through April in the mountains of West Virginia.

To find out more about West Virginia winter sports programs go to and click on a resort link.

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