My favorite person celebrated his birthday on Sunday and to mark the occasion we headed out of town for a weekend ski getaway to West Virginia. We drove to the small town of Davis (population 600!) in north central West Virginia, about 150 miles west of D.C.
It was such a scenic drive, West Virginia is really mountainous and an incredibly beautiful state.
It’s amazing how much the weather changed with the elevation – within only about 25 miles we went from partly sunny skies and no snow to this…
We rented a one-bedroom loft condo for two nights at Deerfield Village Resort – this was our second trip to the area and we stayed at this same resort last time since it’s less than a mile from the ski hills. The condo was small, but had everything we needed – including a fireplace that kept us toasty warm both nights.
The area has two ski resorts, Canaan Valley and Timberline. We skied Timberline mountain with our good friends a few years ago on our first trip to the area and we had such a great time, so it was an easy decision to make a return trip.
On Saturday morning we had our lift tickets and rental skis and were on the slopes by 10 a.m., although it was only in the 20s it was mostly sunny and not too windy.
This was Nick’s first time skiing in almost 15 years since he’s usually snowboarded in the past – but after a few runs down the easier slopes we had found our groove and by mid-day we had moved on to the more advanced trails.
We only bought day ski passes through 4:30 p.m. and we were both reluctant to head out when the time came because we were having so much fun on the slopes! A large clipper snowstorm was headed into the area, however; and the snowflakes were already starting to fall. Forecasters were calling for another foot of snow throughout the rest of the weekend.
We had dinner reservations at a restaurant in town to celebrate Nick’s birthday, but the snow and winds were already strong on our way back to the condo, and expected to get worse throughout the night, and so we decided to stay in and cancelled our dinner plans – thankfully we brought along plenty of food and drinks!
It snowed all night and was still snowing when we woke up in the next morning.
We I was slightly concerned we were going to get stuck in West Virginia but thankfully the roads were decently plowed despite all the snow….and amazingly after an hour drive we were back down to a lower elevation and there wasn’t a snow flake to be seen!
I’m so glad we were able to do something fun to celebrate Nick’s birthday. We both really enjoyed ourselves on our getaway and can’t wait to plan another ski trip next year – although I promised Nick I wouldn’t make him drive through a snow storm again on his next birthday 🙂
Happiest birthday Nick – you are the first person I want to talk to in the morning and the last one at night; I love your sense of adventure, your adoration for layered clothing and the way you dance like a robot; you are an excellent partner and sous chef, but a terrible looker (no worries though, I love how happy I am when I find things for you). Here’s to many, many more happy birthdays!