Top Virginia Ski Resorts
Ski and Snowboard in the Mid-Atlantic...
|Copyright 2006-Present by FavoriteFamilyVacations.com. All rights reserved.
Ski resorts in Virginia don’t usually come to mind when first thinking of a family ski vacation. Normally, one
might imagine the towering peaks found in Colorado, Utah, or New Mexico and begin to set their sights on some
of the popular ski resorts found there. However, for families on the East Coast or Eastern part of the United
States, the time and cost involved to travel to those places may be a bit too much, especially if you allow a little
extra time to acclimate yourself to the higher elevation.
Although the mountains are not quite so tall, the good news is that there are many fine ski resorts in the
Eastern United States, offering fun for the whole family, and Virginia is home to many of them. In fact, the Mid-
Atlantic area has quite a few ski resorts, many of which are four season resorts that offer fun activities all year
long. To better acquaint you with what all is available, here is some information on some of the top ski resorts
found in Virginia.
Massanutten Ski Resort – Massanutten, Virginia
The ski resort is located about 10 miles east of Harrisonburg,
VA, in the northwestern region of Virginia, on the tip of
Massanutten Mountain at an elevation of 2,880 feet. Serving
guests from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and the
Washington D.C. area, Massanutten offers 8 ski lifts and 14
trails, all of which are lighted for night skiing. The ski terrain
mix is approximately 30% beginner runs, 35% intermediate,
and 35% advanced runs, with a vertical drop of 1,110 feet.
The resort includes 2 terrain parks for skiers and
snowboarders and they also host Virginia’s first snow tubing
park, which opened in 1998 and has a 900 foot long tubing
hill. In addition, there is an ice skating facility at Massanutten,
which accommodates up to 132 skaters at a time.
Wintergreen Ski Resort – Wintergreen, Virginia
Probably Virginia’s most varied ski resort; it is situated within 11,000 acres of pristine forest on the eastern slopes
of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is located in Central Virginia only 90 minutes from Richmond, Va. and
approximately three hours from Washington, D.C. and North Carolina. Rising to an elevation of 3,515 feet,
Wintergreen offers 26 slopes and trails, of which 14 are lighted for night skiing. The longest run is 1.4 miles, with a
vertical drop of 1,003 feet. The ski terrain mix includes approximately 23% beginner slopes, 35% intermediate,
and 42% advanced/expert runs. In addition to the ski runs, the resort includes 2 terrain parks and 2 tubing parks,
so whether its skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing that you enjoy most, there is a little something for everyone.
Bryce Ski Resort – Basye, Virginia
This ski resort is particularly good for first time skiers or snowboarders and wins high marks for being a family-
friendly ski resort. It is located in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, tucked on a low-lying ridge between
the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains close to the West Virginia border. Bryce is the closest Virginia ski resort
to Washington D.C. and is only about 2 hours away. The summit is 1750 feet with a vertical drop of 500 feet.
There are 8 ski runs or trails and the longest run is 3500 feet. If you are a parent or family member who plans to
watch the kids ski, then the mountain layout is great. All slopes funnel down to one central area at the bottom, so
it’s easy to spot your children while enjoying a cup of coffee. The terrain mix is approximately 34% beginner runs,
33% intermediate and 33% advanced runs. The lower slopes do a good job of accommodating beginners, but the
upper slopes still offer challenging terrain for intermediate or advanced skiers and snowboarders. Tubing is also
very popular at this resort and their Ridge Runner’s Tubing Park offers 800 foot long snow tubing lanes to provide
fun for the whole family.
The Homestead Ski Area - Hot Springs, Virginia
Virginia’s first skiing resort, The Homestead has operated since 1959 and is known for its wide slopes and a great
learning area. It is located off of Interstate 81 and Route 64, and just a few miles from the West Virginia border in
the Allegheny Mountains. For skiers and snowboarders, the summit is 3200 feet with a vertical drop of 700 feet.
The resort offers 9 trails or runs and the terrain mix is 33% beginner runs, 33% intermediate, and 34% advanced
runs, with night skiing available on Saturday nights. The resort has a terrain park to offer additional challenge and
excitement to both skiers and snowboarders. Off the slopes there is still plenty of winter fun with ice skating, snow
tubing and snowmobile tours. After a fun day of activities, relax by the fire in the Mountain Lodge to warm up and
share some of the highlights of your day with friends and family.
Whether it’s a short weekend trip to the mountains to ski or snowboard, or an extended ski vacation, your family is
bound to have a great time. There is nothing like enjoying some good family time amongst beautiful mountain
scenery, where you can either learn to ski or snowboard for the first time or continue to challenge yourself and
hone your skill. After a day on the slopes there is nothing like enjoying a good meal and relaxing with family
around a roaring fire to share stories about the day and talk about both the good runs and the wipe-outs.
Hopefully this information about some of the ski resorts in Virginia is helpful and gives you a better appreciation
for the area. Especially for those of you who reside in the Eastern United States, definitely consider Virginia when
planning your next ski vacation. Most important, be sure to plan family getaways like these each year. Our kids
grow up so fast, and before we know it they are gone and out on their own, so be sure and create these special
times and memories that last a lifetime. Have fun and stay safe!