Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and officials with the West Virginia Ski Areas Association has announced that January is officially Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in the Mountain State. By proclamation released at a news conference at the state capitol, West Virginia joined the national program that includes ski-industry states in North America.
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 encourage those already involved to try a new way of having fun on the slopes. More about the program can be found at www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org or www.goskiwv.com.
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 more than $250 million, employing 5,000 on and off the resort properties.