Snow in the New River Gorge! That Means…December 27, 2013
The flakes are finally falling! Some spots call it the off season, but around the New River Gorge, WV, we’re just warming up.
Here are 5 things that winter brings to the Gorge:
Have you seen the scraggly bare branches of a rolling forest frosted with white? A waterfall freeze into tumbling icicles sweeping over a cliffside? Welcome to WV winter 101.
You can explore our state parks and historic sites, snuggled up under their white winter covers. The Glade Creek Grist Mill in Babcock State Park is a cold-season favorite.
2. Winter Adventure!
It’s not just for looks. Those slick slopes are perfect slides for snow sporters. Skiiers, snowboarders and tubers alike are gearing up and going down the mountains at Winterplace resort. They have more than 20 trails for every skill level, and the largest snow tubing park in the state!
Or, explore the icy wilderness from above! Fly through the trees with a zipline tour. The forests are full of adventures you can jump into. Don some snowshoes and hit the trails, hop on horseback or go cross-country skiing.
3. Low Rates
Winter means cheaper rates on certain activities in the Gorge, even though there’s still lots of on-season excitement to enjoy. Cabins in the mountains are cheaper to rent, and many of the activities, like ziplining, are also cheaper when it’s cold out. Pair that up with an in-season ski lift ticket, and you’ve got an instant vacation jam-packed for an affordable rate.
4. No Crowds
The flocks of river runners that hit the Gorge for the whitewater season have headed to warmer climates to escape the chill. So, there are fewer people around town. No lines, no waits. Same exceptional service from our local business folks, but without the hassles of a crowd.
As we mentioned earlier with the adventures, winter certainly isn’t a slow time around here. And not only are we still playing outdoors, we’re gathering together inside afterward to warm up. Adventures on the Gorge has regular gourmet dinners and wine nights. The local eateries have warmth-sealed patios and daily specials to taste and toast to.
What will you be doing this winter in the Gorge?