Virginia is widely known as a southern coastal state with a balmy climate. But guess what? Its Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains are high enough for extended winter snowfall. Passionate skiers and snowboarders who reside in or visit the state can choose from at least three best winter resorts in Virginia. Citizens of large cities in adjacent states can reach Virginia’s snowboarding areas within a couple of hours by car.
The best time to visit Virginia for skiing or snowboarding runs from early December through March, so choose the resort and the time from the above-mentioned period that suits you perfectly and go on an adventure!
Massanutten Ski Resort
Massanutten is a year-round resort located west of Shenandoah National Park, a 45-min drive from Staunton and 30 min from Harrisonburg. This is definitely a place where the beautiful Shenandoah Valley will take your breath away by panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Boasting the highest vertical of all the ski hills in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, the resort provides all kinds of activities from downhill skiing and ice skating to an indoor/outdoor WaterPark, yoga, tie-dye, and spa. Massanutten is also known as the first resort in Virginia to open and the last to close.
vertical: 1,110 feet (340 m) area: 70 acres (30 ha) runs: beginner: 30%, intermediate: 35%, advanced: 35% lifts: 1 triple, 3 quads, 1 J-Bar, 2 teaching conveyors, 1 tubing conveyor season: early December–March
Located around a 1.5-hour drive west of Richmond, Wintergreen Resort provides an opportunity to examine freestyle skills both for skiers and snowboarders. Here you will discover numerous rails, s-rails, rainbows, battleships, down-kinks, and fun boxes.
Wintergreen Resort is known as the home of Virginia's largest tubing park, and it gets reshaped regularly to offer a diversity of activities for those who visit this place often. For those who are not interested in winter sports, Wintergreen Resort delivers hiking trails around the mountain, indoor tennis courts, a full spa, and a salon.
vertical: 1,003 feet (306 m) area: 129 acres (52 ha) runs: beginner: 20%, intermediate: 40%, advanced: 40% lifts: 1 double, 2 triples, 1 quad, 1 high speed six chairs season: mid-December–late March
Located in the Allegheny Mountains, just a 2-hour drive west of Washington, D.C., Bryce Resort is a fantastic place for skiers and snowboarders alike. The resort provides an 800-foot (244-m) snow tubing run for snowboarding, full-service ski rental, and a ski shop. A day lodge with a grill restaurant will pleasantly warm your heart and stomach after an active day of skiing. Summer activities include golf, ziplining, and the artificial Lake Laura. The resort is extremely popular, both with the tourists and the residents of the valley.
vertical: 500 feet (150 m) area: 25 acres (10 ha) runs: beginner: 34%, intermediate: 33%, advanced: 33% lifts: 1 quad, 3 surface lifts season: mid-December–March