MINDEN, W.Va. -- After years of planning, an adventure resort in Fayette County known for its whitewater rafting is closer to offering winter activities.
ACE Adventure Resort in Minden plans to add a snow-tubing park to its "1,500 acres of fun" along the New River Gorge by the winter of 2013, according to ACE marketing director Beth Gill.
"With so much to offer, it just didn't make sense to only offer summer activities. We spent many years figuring out how to seize the opportunity to accommodate all seasons, and we've finally done it," Gill said during a media event on Wednesday.
The tow-equipped 800-foot-long snow-tubing area will feature six lanes -- three more than originally planned -- and will be the first non-ski resort in West Virginia to offer a tubing hill.
The hill will also double as a water slide during the warmer months, according to Gill.
"We've always had activities outside of rafting that people can enjoy in the colder months, like ATV rides and zip-lining, but the tubing park is what it's all going to be hinged on," Gill said.
A new disc golf park is also nearing completion, she said.
Ace purchased snowmaking machines about three years ago to test the usability of the location -- a hill adjacent to the resort's main lake, Gill said.
The next steps include finalizing the excavation of the land, purchasing additional equipment such as snow guns and planning for transportation of the tubers, Gill said. The adjacent lake will also provide water for the snowmaking equipment