Ski, Skate and Slide in Virginia
Mountain Resorts – Ski, Board and Waterslide?
The resort boasts the only automated snowmaking system on the East Coast, ensuring snow on Wintergreen’s 25 slopes on 125 skiable acres and five lifts. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels enjoy Wintergreen as it features the region's most extensive beginner-to-expert terrain with 14 slopes lighted for night skiing. The snowboard terrain park offers skiers and snowboarders the chance to practice freestyle skills on snow features, jibs and rails.
Try snowtubing in two tubing parks. The Plunge is a 900-foot, 10-lane hill dubbed "the ultimate scream machine," and The Slide is for youngsters and those who want their thrills a bit tamer. Also, don't miss Wintergreen's Out of Bounds Adventure Center, which can take family bonding to a whole new level with activities including team paintball, a high-flying bungee trampoline, miniature golf, a mechanical bull and a 25-foot climbing tower.
Wintergreen lodging options include rooms in the main lodge, studio condominiums and seven-bedroom mountain homes. Wintergreen’s six restaurants offer elegant to casual dining options including the gourmet Copper Mine, and the casual Edge.
The Homestead: Experience Winter Luxury at its Best
The Homestead ski area offers over 45 acres for skiing and snowboarding enjoyment with complete snowmaking capabilities. Ski and snowboard lessons, rental equipment and bunny school programs are available. Other winter activities include cross-country skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing, guided snowmobile tours and the region’s only Olympic-sized ice skating rink.
Visitors can stay warm and cozy at the Mountain Lodge which serves lunch daily and has a deck with a stone outdoor fireplace where guests can watch skiers coming down the slopes. Other dining options range from the elegant Main Dining Room with continental cuisine to the more intimate 1766 Grille, or the more casual aura of Sam Snead's Tavern.
After a day on the slopes, guests can soak in the natural hot mineral spring waters of the Jefferson Pools, documented in history books for their restorative powers, like Thomas Jefferson did back in 1818.
Massanutten Resort: Swoosh and Splash
Enjoy Massanutten’s 14 trails, which are all lit up for night skiing. Slopes are classified as Beginner - 30 percent, Intermediate - 35 percent and Advanced - 35 percent, spanning 70 skiable acres. Seven ski lifts, including two quad chair lifts to the highest peak, help to keep waiting time in line at a minimum. Massanutten's Terrain Park for snowboards and skiblades features ever-challenging obstacles throughout the season. Kids and parents love snowtubing at the 12-lane Tube Park.
Massanutten also offers guests a little summer with winter fun with the region’s only indoor water park. Chill out with eight water slides, an Adventure River, hot tubs, and the Flow Rider: a surfing attraction where 50,000 gallons of water rushes over a trampoline-style mat with a five-foot incline. This constant motion creates the endless, perfect wave. Snowboarders, skate boarders, surfers and body boarders find the Flow Rider to be the perfect combination of all sports. The park also has 80,000 sq.ft. of outdoor fun with mulit-lane mat racers, wave pool, water b-ball hoops and more.
Bryce Resort: Perfect for Family Fun
Skiing and snowboarding are paramount at Bryce, with eight slopes, two chair lifts and three carpet lifts. Slopes are classified as Beginner - 34 percent, Intermediate - 33 percent and Advanced - 33 percent. Night skiing is offered and snowtubing at Ridge Runners Park is a great thrill at Bryce Resort and includes a carpeted lift back up to the top.
Bryce also has a well-known Ski School and children's school - the SKIwee Program. Ski Racing clinics and events happen throughout the season too.
New This Year
The snow-free slope on Liberty University’s 5,000 acre mountain is the only one of its kind in North America. Ski, snowboard and snowtube year-round for just $8 a lift ticket. Take advantage of the huge indoor skating rink at Liberty as well.
Virginia has much more to offer for winter sports lovers. These and many more ideas found on www.Virginia.org.
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