West Virginia Ski Resorts: 21-22 Lift Rate Roundup

West Virginia Ski Resorts: 21-22 Lift Rate Roundup

Snow dropping in November is my cue that if I haven’t made my annual lift rate roundup, I need to. This year I am outlining ski lift rates by state! I’ve also done some digging to include any late-season deals such as multi-day pack options for skiers and snowboarders, which are great for those that missed the Spring Season Pass sales earlier in the year.

Of course, it’s extremely opportunistic to purchase passes early to get the best rates on skiing and snowboarding this winter. If you haven’t done that, you’re looking at super-high season pass prices and will probably consider lift ticket rates or any package deals instead. This table is for you – I’ve been there many, many times.

Dynamic Pricing

Let’s talk about what most resorts are doing this year: dynamic pricing for daily lift tickets. Basically how this works is you will purchase your lift ticket online and prices will fluctuate from the rack rate based on demand. For example, popular weekends will be priced higher than a “regular” weekend, however, you will also see a price difference in Saturday vs Sunday based on 1.) past demand trends and 2.) how many tickets have already been purchased. Basically, you want to take a look and book early rather than waiting until the last minute to decide your fate (and your ticket price). For the rates listed in my Lift Rate Roundup chart below, if marked dynamic that means I went in today, 11/28 and looked at a holiday rate (NYE/NYD) to get that price.

Check out this screenshot of Snowshoe’s dynamic pricing structure for December. Note the fluctuations during holiday week. This pricing is simply subject to change.

Snowshoe Mountain’s dynamic online ticket sales for December 2021.

Top West Virginia Resorts to Ride

If I had to tell you where to ski in West Virginia, my top 3 recommendations are:

  1. Snowshoe is where you want to be for the weekend.
  2. Timberline is old-school cool but all 3 resorts in Tucker County, WV are IT!
  3. Wisp is most likely the closest mountain to you, and you’ll need to get their Mission: FOUR’DABLE deal!! $239 through Nov 29 ONLY for 4 transferrable tickets ($59.75 ea.)

    Notable Mention – Drive to PA! Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are worth the drive (Springs has a good apres and park scene, Hidden Valley is beginner friendly and family oriented), although Wisp is the best for your buck.

West Virginia Ski Resort Lift Ticket Rates

This chart includes bordering resorts in Maryland and Virginia.

Bryce Resort
Northwest VA
8 trails, 500′ vert
Varies: $70 Peak$196 LLR
$37 Beginner Ticket
Part of Indy Pass
Canaan Valley Resort
Eastern WV
47 trails, 850′ vert
Not AvailablexNot AvailablePart of Indy Pass
Oglebay Resort
WV N. Panhandle
1 trail, 168′ vert
$22 Friday/Twilight
$28 Holiday/Weekend
xIt’s 1 wide slope.$99 Five-Pass
$149 Ten-Pass
Snowshoe Mountain
South East WV
60 trails, 1,500′ vert
Varies: $129 PeakBluebird Bargains
for economy lodging
2’fer – Midweek
$99 2 Days
Eastern WV
37 trails, 1,000′ vert
$85 Every Dayx2 visits, save $5 each
3 visits, save $10 each
Refill RFID card
up to 6 tix
Eastern WV
Cross Country Area
$25 Area Use
$25 Rentals
xJust show up!n/a
Wisp Resort
Maryland Panhandle
33 trails, 700′ vert
$79 Midweek
$89 Weekend
$99 Holiday
?$99 LLR Midweek
$159 LLR Weekend
$169 LLR Holiday
$239 4-pack ($59.75 ea.)
*through Nov 29 ONLY
Southern WV
27 trails, 600′ vert
Varies: $66-71
Varies: $94 LLRPart of Indy Pass

Chart Key & Notes

  • Peak Rates = Full price adult full-day lift ticket on a holiday or weekend unless noted
  • Multi Card = this is any card that allows you to go to the resort on multiple non-consecutive days. Can be either transferrable or non-transferrable to others (this is not a 2 or 3-day lift ticket).
  • LLR = Lift, Lesson, Rental or Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard package. This is a good learn-to package that usually includes a full-day lift ticket (sometimes to beginner-only lifts), rental equipment and a group lesson.

(!) Regional Resort Swap Alert! Wisp Resort Season Pass Holders and Unlimited Pass Holders at Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain will each receive one (1) complimentary full-day lift ticket and a 50% discount on regularly priced ski tickets for additional visits to any of the other four participating resorts, excluding Saturdays and holiday / premium periods. Visit their pass pages to learn more.

19-20 Lift Rate Roundup | My Top Mid-Atlantic Mountains

19-20 Lift Rate Roundup | My Top Mid-Atlantic Mountains

To celebrate the first snowfall in my area (which happened today, mid-November!), the first post of my usual lift ticket rate roundup is here! This year, I outline the top 5 ski resorts near and dear to my heart. These ended up including a few of the larger ski areas that I can’t stop thinking about. I’m including deals for skiers and snowboarders as well as lift ticket rates, late season pass purchase payoff rates, and the new multi-pack options that are great for those that just aren’t getting to the mountain enough.

Ski Area Map – ChristinaSkis’ Version of the Mid-Atlantic

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that every year I post a pre-season Lift Rate Roundup in honor of the first snow. With a new state, new job and rounding into my final year of a masters program, I just don’t have the bandwidth for full-time snow fun research. So, the 2019-2020 rates and deals will come out in phase posts (someone remind me).

Of course, it’s extremely opportunistic to purchase passes early to get the best rates on skiing and snowboarding this winter. If you haven’t, this table is for you. If you’re not sure of what something means, see the Key below this table.

My Favorite Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts (in no order)

Seven Springs
Southwestern Pennsylvania
33 trails, 750′ vert
$89 day
$83 twi
$49 night
Don’t miss
early rates…
Super7 the Deal
Super 7 Card = $435
Liberty Mountain
South-Central Pennsylvania
16 trails, 620′ vert
$77 dayEpic Local
value w/ Peak
$739/9.5x3x Card = $159
thru 12/2
Wisp Resort
Maryland Panhandle
34 trails, 700′ vert
$84 day
$79 8hr
$69 4hr
$39 night
$49 Mondays,
$599/7.1x4-Pack = $189
thru Nov 24
South East
West Virginia
60 trails, 1500′ vert
$109 day
(no other)
Redic. Pass in
March for $259
$559/5.1x3-Pack = $159
thru Nov 14
Holiday Valley
New York
60 trails, 750′ vert
$88 day
$85 8hr
$77 4hr
$38 night
Purchase online
& save up to $10
$1060Ultimate Night,
8 night tix = $207

Table Key

  • LLR = Lift, Lesson & Rental, W/E = weekend, ES = Early Season
  • Pass X Payoff = how many times you have to ski or ride at the mountain to pay off your season pass *multi-packs are a good option if you don’t think you’ll go that much.
    Payoff if you purchase early season can result in amazing savings…
    • Wisp – Early Season (March) $279 unlimited Adult 30+ = 6x
    • Snowshoe – Early Season Pass (March) Adult 13+ $459 = 4.2x
      *Rediculous Pass is Rediculous early March Sale at $259 = 2.3x
  • Season Pass rates in the grid are listed at regular rates, if you buy now.

When the time comes, you’ll see two or three more posts with more stats. I am thinking of 1.) listing just Southwestern Pennsylvania resorts, 2.) a post with my favorite southwestern New York, Maryland and West Virginia mountains, and 3.) a fun one – “micro mountains” and the best places to learn. I’ll list Learn to Ski Day deals to kick-off January, to boot!

Now that I’ve set some winter-season blogging goals, let’s see if I stick to it…

Update August 6, 2020: I did not stick to it…