The state of Virginia may not be the first place you think of when it comes to winter sports.
There aren’t as many ski resorts in Virginia as there are in neighboring states like North Carolina and West Virginia, and the opportunities for skiing in Virginia pale in comparison to Rocky Mountain states like Colorado.
Still, if you’re looking for some fresh powder for skiing, snowboarding, and/or snow tubing, there are some great Virginia ski resorts that make up in quality what they may lack in quantity.
Some of these resorts (including Massanutten and Wintergreen) are often ranked among the best resorts in Virginia to visit at any time of year, not just in winter.
In winter, the ski resorts in VA offer more than just gorgeous views of the Appalachian Mountains blanketed in snow. They provide a relaxing, rejuvenating getaway where families and friends can create lasting memories.
Read on for our guide to the best ski resorts in the Virginia mountains, including a look at all the amenities, attractions, and ski packages available at each of the Virginia resorts.
The Best Ski Resorts in Virginia Guide
- Bryce Resort (Basye VA)
- Massanutten Resort (Massanutten VA)
- The Omni Homestead Resort (Hot Springs VA)
- Wintergreen Resort (Nellysford VA)
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1. Bryce Resort
1982 Fairway Drive, Basye VA • (540) 861-2121 • Official Website
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Any guide to the best snow skiing in Virginia has to include Bryce Resort, which is located approximately 33 miles north of Luray VA and two hours west of Washington DC in the small mountain town of Basye VA.
The resort offers lots of popular Virginia winter activities, including snow skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, and even thrilling ski and snowboard racing.
One of the best Virginia ski resorts, Bryce Resort’s mountain offers varying levels of ski runs, plus a Ski School for people of all ages and ability ranges.
It’s open 7 days a week during the winter season. Day passes and multi-day ski packages can be purchased based on ability levels, and equipment rentals are available as needed.
An average adult weekend day pass is $72, but if you want to rent ski gear it will cost an additional $58 (not including a helmet).
Guests who aren’t interested in snow skiing in Virginia can enjoy the scenic views while zooming down the mountain on a snow tube, or lace up their skates for a visit to the ice skating rink.
In terms of restaurants, Bryce Resort is home to The Copper Kettle, which features a rotating menu to offer the best of each season for lunch and dinner. There’s also live music in the ski resort’s bar.
Looking for more exhilarating adventures? Bryce Resort is home to one of the largest ski teams in the South under the National Standard Race. So you can watch a NASTAR race, or even join the team if you have the skills!
2. Massanutten Resort
1822 Resort Dr, Massanutten VA • (540) 289-9441 • Official Website
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One of the most popular mountain resorts in Virginia, Massanutten Ski Resort is commemorating its 50th season by offering several new amenities, including three new ski runs: Mueller’s Mile, Ridgecrest, and Slot.
With an elevation of 2,922 feet and 23 runs to choose from, all of the trails at this VA mountain resort are lit up with LED lights for the ultimate nighttime skiing adventure.
Their new technology is designed to improve the guest experience, both on and off the slopes.
Additions include SMI snow makers and interactive trail maps, a Learning Center, and advancements to make the resort more eco-friendly (via a new partnership with the National Ski Area Association’s Climate Challenge).
If you’re interested in trying snowboarding in Virginia, Massanutten Resort also offers places to learn the ins and outs of the sport. Normal hours for the slopes are 9AM-5PM, with special hours for weekends and Christmas.
Day passes range from $50-$90 for adults, with season passes starting at $324. Group rates are available, as well as equipment rental for both day and seasonal use.
After a day on the slopes you can dine at the Grab-n-Go Cafe, warm up in the Ski Lodge, grab a pair of skates and visit the ice rink, or ride down the mountain on the Massanutten snow tubing chutes.
3. The Omni Homestead Resort
7969 Sam Snead Hwy, Hot Springs VA • (540) 839-1766 • Official Website
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Winner of the “Best in Snow Awards” for Beginner-Friendly and Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in 2017-2018, The Omni Homestead Resort is widely considered one of the premier winter resorts in Virginia.
But its most famous attraction is the Warm Springs Pools, which were discovered by Native Americans centuries ago. These warm, healing waters have been a Virginia attraction since 1761, making it the oldest spa in the USA.
With slopes open from early January through February, skiers and snowboarders of all levels are invited to try their skills on trails with names like The Glades, Nose Dive, and The Chute.
Many of the Omni Homestead Resort’s 9 ski runs are perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. Day tickets start at $28.99, with add-ons like rental equipment available as well as discounted group rates.
They’re also proud to offer ski lessons through the Rossignol Experience Center, which features award-winning equipment and instruction.
For smaller snow bunnies, the hotel’s Little Penguins Program is designed to teach children ages 5 to 11, in a safe, fun environment.
You can also go ice skating on an Olympic-sized rink, or rent a mini snowmobile for an adventurous winter experience at this Virginia ski resort!
4. Wintergreen Resort
39 Mountain Inn Loop, Nellysford VA • (434) 325-2200 • Official Website
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This 4-star resort is the perfect place for skiing near Waynesboro VA. Voted one of the best ski areas in the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA, it’s also home to The Plunge, the state’s largest hill for snow tubing.
Wintergreen Resort has a total of 26 ski runs, with trails ranging from beginner to advanced, so everyone has a chance to test their abilities on the snowy terrain.
Wintergreen Resort’s Terrain Park offers limitless features to explore, with frequent additions to the park so that skiers and snowboarders can continue improving their skills on the freshly-made snow.
The resort has two high-speed, 6-person chairlifts. Lift tickets are available in 8-hour segments or night sessions, with day-passes starting at $69 and night passes starting at $39.
Their Virginia mountains are blanketed by SNOWPOWER, which is billed one of the world’s most sophisticated snowmaking systems. Wintergreen’s snow-making system includes over 400 snow guns, 40,000 ft of linear pipeline, and 45 weather stations.
After your time on the slopes, there are several Wintergreen restaurants to choose from. We recommend the coffee shop, Upper Crust Pizza, the upscale Devils Grill, and The Edge gastropub (which has killer sunset views).
Check rates for Wintergreen Resort accommodations on Booking.com. -by Molly Frazier; lead image via Canva