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Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Although we are small, we have everything necessary for a memorable Nordic skiing experience, including snow most of the time!

Ski Report 3/17/21: The Cross Country Ski season is over at Elk River. It was the best we have had in years!

Base 0-6" on trails above 3500 if you want to go searching off the Highland Scenic Highway. We are not longer renting skis or snowboards this season.

Trails are closed around center for skiing, always great for hiking.


Elk River offers cross country ski equipment rentals for adults and children, including skis and snowshoes. We rent waxless skis which are easy to use in varying snow conditions. Open 9:30am-4:30pm.

Equipment Rates

Nordic Ski Package: $25/day including skis, boots and poles

Junior Package (12 & under): $15/day

Snowshoes (Adult only): $25/day

Area Use Fee: $5

Cross Country Ski Lessons

Elk River offers lessons and rentals for cross country skiing. Lessons are available by advance reservation only. Rental equipment is additional.

1 person: $80.00
2 people: $40.00/person
3+ people: $30.00/person

Repairs and Service

We can tune and wax skis, replace bindings, and fix poles.



Five kilometers of trails are adjacent to Elk River Inn & Cabins and border the national forest. We pack the trails around the center with a snowmobile when possible, but no high-tech grooming is available. An additional 25 kilometers of trails are located off the Highland Scenic Highway (WV-150), which is not plowed in winter. We suggest stopping by Elk River to get current trail conditions and a map of the area. There is no cell service available on trails. Snowshoeing trails start at the Inn and the Scenic Highway. Trails range in elevation from 2730' to 4750'. Average snowfall is 150-200" annually. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are dependent upon natural snowfall. Please read the report above or contact us for current conditions.