Rotarians learn about Canaan renovations

Canaan Valley Resort is renovating its facilities and adding some new amenities to its offerings. Director of Sales and Marketing for Canaan Valley Resort Lisa Ratliff said work on the project is progressing.

“The work began April 2011 when we tore down two units of the lodge,” Ratliff said. “We then started the new construction on two four-story hotel wings. These will connect with the mail lodge.”

Ratliff, who has worked with Canaan Resort for more than seven years, said the new rooms offer spectacular views for the guests.

“We have standard rooms that offer two queen-size beds, and governor’s suites that include a fireplace,” Ratliff said. “The (old) rooms were 1970s era, and when completed, will offer 160 guest rooms.”

“We are still open, and the new facility will be open in August. We are still booking rooms like crazy,” Ratliff added.

Improvements to the ski area at Canaan Valley Resort include a 1,200-foot-long tubing park, the largest in the mid-Atlantic area, two magic carpets to transport snow tubers to the top of the mountain and a new trail for beginners. The cost of ski renovations was $10 million.

“We want to invite everyone to come and enjoy our new facilities and amenities,” Ratliff said. “We have lots of great new things to offer.”

Ratliff said the wedding market is growing quickly and many couples are choosing the Bear Paw Plaza or Tube Park Plaza for their weddings.

New events this year include a snow-making contest, snow angels and horse-drawn sleigh rides, taking the riders “over the river and through the woods.”

“We also sponsored Hope on the Slopes, benefiting Tucker County Relay for Life,” Ratliff said. “We offered a Community Day where Tucker County students in third through eighth grades had the opportunity to learn to ski or snow board, or go tubing. We hope to add Randolph County elementary school students to next year’s event.”

A wobble clay shooting range, a nonwinter sport, will open soon. This range provides shotgun shooters opportunities that are considered more challenging than traditional trap shooting.

Canaan Valley Resort is located in Davis. Additional information about the resort is available by calling 1-800-622-4121.

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