The Best Places for Snow Skiing in Virginia

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Curling up by a roaring fire in a cozy little mountain cabin rental sounds like the perfect idea of Winter fun. But there are a few places for snow skiing in Virginia that might have you donning your warmest clothes and heading outside!
Virginia is home to a good chunk of both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains. So the state is home to all sorts of outdoor pursuits, including several sensational snow skiing resorts. 
Snow tubing in VA is very popular. And while there are numerous places in Virginia that offer snow tubing experiences, there are only four mountain resorts in Virginia that also offer a chance to snow ski.
Read on for our in-depth guide to these four Virginia ski resorts, which are all easily reachable from major cities in VA and close to some of our favorite small mountain towns in VA as well. 

Are you planning a trip that includes Snow Skiing in Virginia?

If you need recommendations for booking your Virginia Snow Skiing trip, check out our tips for some of the top hotels, guided tours, and more!

Top Places to Stay at Virginia Ski Resorts

1) Massanutten Ski Resort (condo hotel with ski equipment rental)

2) Overlook Penthouse at Wintergreen (4-bedroom apartment)

3) The Omni Homestead Ski Resort (4-star resort)

4) Stony Court at Bryce Mountain (2-bedroom villa)

Popular tours and activities near VA Ski Resorts):

1) Charlottesville VA: Ghosts of Court Square Walking Tour (top-selling tour!)

2) Shenandoah National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guide (download app)

3) Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia) Driving Tour with Audio Guide (download app)

Need a car rental for your Virginia ski trip? Find the best rental car options here!

The Best Places for Snow Skiing in Virginia

(Arranged geographically)

  1. Massanutten Skiing Resort (Massanutten VA)
  2. Wintergreen Skiing Resort (Wintergreen VA)
  3. The Omni Homestead Skiing Resort (Hot Springs VA)
  4. Bryce Skiing Resort (Basye VA)

READ MORE: The 10 Best Small Towns in Virginia to Visit

Best Snow Skiing in Virginia
Photo Courtesy of Massanutten Resort

1. Massanutten Resort

1822 Resort Dr., Massanutten VA • 540-289-9441

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Located about two hours north of Roanoke and Richmond, Massanutten Ski Resort offers 6,000 acres of adventure in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley

This massive Virginia ski resort opened in the early 1970s, and has a section primarily devoted to snow skiing as well as a section with a number of the other activities on offer. 

There are 83 acres of skiable areas to explore, including 23 different runs (ranging from novice to expert levels) and 7 ski lifts. They have world-class professionals to teach beginners, plus snow tubes available for rent. 

Other Massanutten activities include escape rooms, golf courses, ice skating, every water sport you can imagine, tennis and racquetball courts, hiking, mountain biking, luxury spas, and much more.

They have several great restaurants, from BBQ and pizza to salads and gastropub fare. If you visit Massanutten during Winter, check out their Heart & Soul Winter Fest the weekend of January 4 to 8, 2024.

READ MORE: The 10 Best Virginia Mountain Resorts to Visit

Wintergreen Skiing in Virginia -Wintergreen Resort
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2. Wintergreen Resort

Route 664, Wintergreen VA • 540-289-9441

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Located near Shenandoah National Park on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen Resort offers top-notch skiing in Virginia. 

Ranked among the most picturesque ski resorts in the eastern USA, Wintergreen is a family-oriented mountain resort with 23 trails and slopes to choose from. 

In addition to fantastic skiing options (via 6 high-speed chairlifts), they also boast the largest snow tubing outfit in the state of Virginia, with 8 lanes, 900-foot chutes, and 100-foot drops. 

If you’re taking a weekend getaway, there are myriad lodging options here (cabins, condos, houses, and lodges) and loads of other amenities and attractions, including six restaurants, a spa, and much more. 

Depending on which season you visit, there’s a bevy of water sports to be had on Lake Monocan, golf, and racquet sports. There are also miles of hiking trails where you can see waterfalls, wildflowers, and breathtaking vistas!

READ MORE: The 5 Best Places for Snow Tubing in Virginia

snow skiing in VA - Omni Homestead Resort Hot Springs VA
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3. The Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs VA • 800-838-1766

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Founded in the town of Hot Springs in 1959, the luxurious Omni Homestead ski resort is the oldest resort in Virginia and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

While the resort offers Winter activities such as snow tubing, mini-snowmobiling, and ice skating, it’s the top-notch snow skiing that is its main attraction.

With an elevation of 3,200 feet, the resort has 3 lifts to take skiers to the top, from which they can explore 9 different advanced and intermediate ski runs. The beginner slope has 2 surface lifts, and expert skiers/snowboarders offering lessons.

Other Omni Homestead Resort amenities include golf, ziplining, a luxury spa, swimming, and archery.

There’s also some beautiful hiking along the 1.8-mile Cascades Gorge trail, which takes you along the deep Allegheny gorge, past stunning Virginia waterfalls and beautiful flora and fauna. 

READ MORE: 15 Great Romantic Getaways in Virginia for Couples

best skiing near DC - Bryce Resort
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4. Bryce Resort

1982 Fairway Dr., Basye VA • 800-821-1444 

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Located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, Bryce Resort is a great option for skiing near Washington DC. It offers all the Winter activities you could want, from 3 lanes of snow tubing and ice skating to snowboarding and skiing.

For some of the best snow skiing in VA, the resort has 25 acres of navigable terrain, with 2/3 dedicated to advanced and intermediate skiers and the rest left for the beginners.

With a summit elevation of 1750 feet and a vertical drop of 500 feet, there are 8 different ski runs, with 5 lifts servicing them. For newbies, the resort offers lessons from certified members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

If you’re equally excited about the après ski experience, the resort has a newly renovated lodge with a restaurant, boutiques, and rental/repair services. There are also 6 chalets and other lodging options, with gorgeous mountain and lake views. 

During the warmer months, Lake Laura offers all kinds of water activities. But you can take a stunning, easy-to-moderate walk around the entire lake and enjoy its vistas ALL year-round! –by Emma Gallagher; featured photo via Canva


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We encourage anyone who loves the Blue Ridge region to learn about the Leave No Trace principles of responsible environmental stewardship. 

Stay on marked trails, take only pictures, pack out your trash, and be considerate of others who share the trails and parks you explore. 

Remember that waterfalls and rocky summits can be dangerous. Never try to climb waterfalls or get close to a ledge to get a selfie.

When you're exploring the wilderness, it's better to be safe than to be a statistic!

Born in Britain, writer/photographer Emma Gallagher lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC on a permaculture homestead with her husband, Jonathon. While traveling the world for 13 years, she fell in love with the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge region when she lived at an artist retreat in Burnsville NC before moving to Brevard. Today Emma lives near Stone Mountain State Park and Doughton Park volunteers at the Surry County Fiddlers Convention, and cares for the gardens at the Reeves Downtown School of Music in Elkin. She's also a volunteer for the Elkin Valley Trails Association, which maintains segment 6 of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.