Canaan Valley Tube Park officially opened Friday, January 11, 2013, giving outdoor enthusiasts another option for winter fun. Downhill skiing was in full force on 27 of Canaan’s 42 ski trails as Canaan Valley Tube Park hosted more than 50 attendees for the 1:30 p.m. opening ceremony. Park Superintendent Rob Gilligan served as Master of Ceremonies, introducing speakers that included Gerard Gabrys, CEO, Guest Services, Inc , Keith Burdette, Secretary ,West Virginia Department of Commerce; Frank Jezioro, Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources; and Ken Caplinger, Parks Chief, West Virginia State Park system. Many area residents, facility staff, legislators and elected officials from the immediate area, construction and project personnel, and media attended. A Florida family visiting Canaan Valley for tubing became part of the celebration and were recognized.
“Today’s event represents West Virginia’s state parks commitment to preserving and maintaining quality outdoor recreation opportunities for the state and visitors,” said Caplinger. “West Virginia state parks and forests serve as a cornerstone of tourism in West Virginia. Surveys by West Virginia’s Division of Tourism consistently reveal parks as the single biggest attraction drawing visitors to the Mountain State. Tax dollars appropriated to support the system yield dividends several times over in economic benefits, preservation of heritage, and special places for generations to visit ‘where people and nature meet.’”
Canaan Valley Tube Park and ski improvements are part of a larger Canaan Valley improvement program. A new 168-room lodge with expanded services at Canaan Valley Resort is scheduled to open later in 2013.
Image courtesy West Virginia Division of Natural Resources