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Massanutten VA trip report (1/26/13-1/27/13)

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I skied at Massanutten VA on Saturday night (1/26/13) and Sunday (1/27/13). This was my first time to ski in the mid-Atlantic, or outside Montana, in fact. I probably picked the perfect weekend, 'cause the skiing was great.

 

I hadn't skied in 4 years since moving from Montana to Washington DC. I was really worried that I might have forgotten all my hard-won skills! I took a two-hour private lesson on Sunday morning which brought all (well, most) of it back to me. I still have my ski boots but had to rent skis (K2 Comanche, a short 174 cm). 

 

The ski mountain is small (though bigger than many other close-by resorts, apparently) with 14 trails, two of which are terrain-park trails closed to folks who rent skis from the resort. None of the trails I tried was very challenging, but the upper mountain trails were fun. Paradice and Diamond Jim were my favorites. I did skip the one un-groomed trail which had gentle moguls (Upper MAKattack). I only fell once, which probably means I didn't challenge myself... 

 

The lift lines were OK, especially mid-mountain, until mid-day Sunday.

 

We stayed at a hotel/condo on site. They don't take reservations online, only by phone. Building 3 is across the road from the parking lot and base area.

 

I had a great time. If you are looking to visit a mid-Atlantic ski hill, I recommend considering Massanutten if (1) they've recently received snow and (2) all their trails are open.

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Good stuff. Make sure you head out to Snowshoe when you have time, you'll be pleasantly surprised! Wintergreen is fun as well but SS is the best. smile.gif
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That upper mtn chair that serves Paradice and Diamond Jim is always a pretty good crowd beater.  From all reports, this past weekend provided the best ski conditions of the winter at mid-Atlantic ski areas.  Nice timing.icon14.gif

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I've been to all the places within a 6 hour drive of Raleigh except App and Cataloochee.  While SS is good in terms of skiing, I'd rather fly somewhere instead of driving 6-7 hours each way.  Being retired gives me options that working folks or students don't have. cool.gif

 

There are two issues with Wintergreen that make me drive past the turnoff on US29 to head to Mnut.  First, I cannot buy a full season pass with no blackout dates for any amount of money.  Meaning I'd have to buy a lift ticket on any Saturday just for the chance to wait in relatively long lift lines.  Second, the Highlands close at 4pm.  When I get to Mnut on a Friday evening, I can ski anywhere under the lights until 10pm.

 

I like Wintergreen midweek but that doesn't work for my school-age daughter.

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Good stuff. Make sure you head out to Snowshoe when you have time, you'll be pleasantly surprised! Wintergreen is fun as well but SS is the best. smile.gif
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Glad you had a good time at my home mountain!  I was mostly skiing with friends who are beginners this past weekend or I might have bumped into you on Lift 6.  Monday morning was a lot better than expected since the forecasted rain was done by 8am.

 

You were skiing on man made snow.  They only had a trace in the last week.

 

FYI, by Sunday afternoon the moguls on MACattack weren't small any more.  I was doing the Senior Clinic and the instructor was looking for small bumps for an exercise.  He didn't find many.  Mon morning MACattack was closed.  I assume because it was too icy.

 

Compared to other places within a few hours drive of DC, my sense is that Mnut has the shortest lift lines on weekends.  I know that's true compared to the places in NC and Wintergreen.

 

Did you know that if you buy 8-hour lift tickets for consecutive days, then night skiing on all days are included?

 

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I skied at Massanutten VA on Saturday night (1/26/13) and Sunday (1/27/13). This was my first time to ski in the mid-Atlantic, or outside Montana, in fact. I probably picked the perfect weekend, 'cause the skiing was great.

 

I hadn't skied in 4 years since moving from Montana to Washington DC. I was really worried that I might have forgotten all my hard-won skills! I took a two-hour private lesson on Sunday morning which brought all (well, most) of it back to me. I still have my ski boots but had to rent skis (K2 Comanche, a short 174 cm). 

 

The ski mountain is small (though bigger than many other close-by resorts, apparently) with 14 trails, two of which are terrain-park trails closed to folks who rent skis from the resort. None of the trails I tried was very challenging, but the upper mountain trails were fun. Paradice and Diamond Jim were my favorites. I did skip the one un-groomed trail which had gentle moguls (Upper MAKattack). I only fell once, which probably means I didn't challenge myself... 

 

The lift lines were OK, especially mid-mountain, until mid-day Sunday.

 

We stayed at a hotel/condo on site. They don't take reservations online, only by phone. Building 3 is across the road from the parking lot and base area.

 

I had a great time. If you are looking to visit a mid-Atlantic ski hill, I recommend considering Massanutten if (1) they've recently received snow and (2) all their trails are open.

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The ski mountain is small (though bigger than many other close-by resorts, apparently) with 14 trails, two of which are terrain-park trails closed to folks who rent skis from the resort. None of the trails I tried was very challenging, but the upper mountain trails were fun. Paradice and Diamond Jim were my favorites. I did skip the one un-groomed trail which had gentle moguls (Upper MAKattack). I only fell once, which probably means I didn't challenge myself... 

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I learned today that the policy about rental equipment in the terrain parks has changed.  Folks who are renting are allowed to go into the terrain parks.  There is a little one on the side of a green run (Geronimo) and is lift-served.  The big terrain park has it's own J-bar.

 

Upper MAKattack was closed today.  Too icy I imagine after a day of rain, heavy at times.  The top of Showtime was a challenge with little chunks of ice/snow all over the place.  One of the rare times that Mainstreet was the better way off the top of Lift 5.

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Good stuff. Make sure you head out to Snowshoe when you have time, you'll be pleasantly surprised! Wintergreen is fun as well but SS is the best. smile.gif

 

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I've been to all the places within a 6 hour drive of Raleigh except App and Cataloochee.  While SS is good in terms of skiing, I'd rather fly somewhere instead of driving 6-7 hours each way.  Being retired gives me options that working folks or students don't have. cool.gif

 

There are two issues with Wintergreen that make me drive past the turnoff on US29 to head to Mnut.  First, I cannot buy a full season pass with no blackout dates for any amount of money.  Meaning I'd have to buy a lift ticket on any Saturday just for the chance to wait in relatively long lift lines.  Second, the Highlands close at 4pm.  When I get to Mnut on a Friday evening, I can ski anywhere under the lights until 10pm.

 

I like Wintergreen midweek but that doesn't work for my school-age daughter.

Just want to go on record that I made the SS post before I became "Ambassador", so now that I have that title by my username I look like a massive fanboy, but I don't want to come off as that haha. I have a deep affinity for Snowshoe, but I will never pass up a chance to go to either Massanutten or Wintergreen either.

 

And I hear you 100% on the whole 6-7 hour drive thing. Only reason we do it regularly is because my in-law's have a cabin there, so we don't have to pay for lodging. Though it takes us longer to get there and gas costs more, we are able to stay a full weekend vs just a day trip to Mass or WG (or having to pay for lodging there).

 

The WG season pass policy is insane to me, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of incentive if they've got so many blackout dates. 

 

Also, my daughter will be 3 in March, and Snowshoe has a great kids program for children that age. I've heard Mass is great for families too, so looking forward to bringing her up there and trying that side of things out for her.

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Welcome to the Ambassador ranks!  Good to have someone for Snowshoe given that it's the one of the largest destination ski areas in the southeast/Mid-Atlantic.

 

Definitely makes a difference to have free lodging.  I married a man long ago who owned timeshare.  So have learned how to get lodging on resort at Mnut.  Still have to pay but get a nice big condo for not much more than a hotel room in Harrisonburg 20 min away.  Plus access to the resort Rec Centers.

 

Since your daughter will be 4 next season, I'll tell you all about what makes the Mnut ski school so good some time.  My daughter started there at age 4.  Was doing the Mnut blacks a couple seasons later even though we didn't go that often.  She also loves the water park.

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Just want to go on record that I made the SS post before I became "Ambassador", so now that I have that title by my username I look like a massive fanboy, but I don't want to come off as that haha. I have a deep affinity for Snowshoe, but I will never pass up a chance to go to either Massanutten or Wintergreen either.

 

And I hear you 100% on the whole 6-7 hour drive thing. Only reason we do it regularly is because my in-law's have a cabin there, so we don't have to pay for lodging. Though it takes us longer to get there and gas costs more, we are able to stay a full weekend vs just a day trip to Mass or WG (or having to pay for lodging there).

 

The WG season pass policy is insane to me, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of incentive if they've got so many blackout dates. 

 

Also, my daughter will be 3 in March, and Snowshoe has a great kids program for children that age. I've heard Mass is great for families too, so looking forward to bringing her up there and trying that side of things out for her.

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