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Folks

We'll be visiting family in northern VA, DC area from New england for the Christmas holidays. I wouldl ike to take my nephews skiing for the first time (10-12 year old).  I am not familiar with the resorts in the area (<100 miles radius) and would love to osolicit your help in identifying a nice resort with good ambience, restaurants ,spa ... for the fmaily to enjoy.  Vertical drop is really not that important for this trip, just nice slopes to enjoy.

 

Thanks a lot,

ara

post #2 of 18

http://www.dcski.com/ is as good a place to start as any.

 

Liberty is probably closest.  Roundtop and Whitetail are not too much farther.  These are all in PA.

 

In Virginia, you've got Massanutten, Bryce, and Wintergreen.

 

I think these six are your only options within 100 miles of DC.

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Folks

We'll be visiting family in northern VA, DC area from New england for the Christmas holidays. I wouldl ike to take my nephews skiing for the first time (10-12 year old).  I am not familiar with the resorts in the area (<100 miles radius) and would love to osolicit your help in identifying a nice resort with good ambience, restaurants ,spa ... for the fmaily to enjoy.  Vertical drop is really not that important for this trip, just nice slopes to enjoy.

 

Thanks a lot,

ara

As the Ambassador to Massanutten, I'll start by pointing you to my Unofficial Guide.  Let me know if you have questions after reading it. :)  About 2.5 hour drive from I-66/I-495, without traffic issues.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/massanutten-an-unofficial-guide

 

I've run into folks who ski in southern NY and VT at Mnut.  They have a good time, especially if there are non-skiers in a family group.  Mnut has lots to do besides skiing if you stay on resort because it's one of the largest timeshare resorts in the U.S.  Also rental houses on VRBO, but I don't know what the availability would be at this point for the holiday weeks.

 

The Mnut ski school is very good.  Need to call and see if they still have any open slots though.  Also possible for the boys to do the Beginner package deal.  If they pick up quick, there is a 90-min Adv Beginner package for follow up.  Kids are separated from adults in the clinics.  The clinic at 5:30 is rarely busy.

post #4 of 18
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Thank you very much for your comments - looks like Massanutten is the place too got for this trip.

 

Regards

Ara

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Thank you very much for your comments - looks like Massanutten is the place too got for this trip.

Regards
Ara

Hope it works out. Mnut is a fun place but of course it will be busy during the holidays. Especially with the cold weather that means even ParaDice may be open. That's the longer black run off Lift 6. They started up the snow guns there last night.

Note that the ski slope hours are different on Dec. 24-25 so that the staff can spend more time with their families.
post #6 of 18

If you want to stay on resort in a condo, Woodstone and Summit are the Gold Crown complexes and have lots of room in the 2BR/2BA units.  Woodstone is in the valley, 5-10 min drive up to the slopes, snow tubing, and ice skating, but closer to the waterpark and eating off resort.  Summit is on the mountain but not ski in/out.  Eagle Trace is better than Shenandoah Villas.

 

For snow tubing, can only buy tickets on the day.  Someone can go get up to 8 tickets first thing in the morning.  Massanutten owners can by the afternoon before so snow tubing sells out quickly during holidays.

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Thank you Would you mind ranking these in order based on what you think? Thanks a lot

 

Sorry, but the only one of the six I've been to is Wintergreen, and all I can tell you about it is that they have a couple of really nice golf courses.

 

I'd recommend Jack Frost in the Poke-your-nose, but it's a lot farther.

post #8 of 18
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Thank you very much for getting back to me
post #9 of 18
Bryce is very small. I gather it's a good place to learn but I think tween boys will get bored quickly.

Wintergreen is an upside-down 4-season resort that caters to their owners. Meaning the resort and ski village base is at the top of the mountain. It's a long way from any other places to eat or play. Lift lines are long on weekends and holidays. As in 15-25 min waits, with an express line for property owners. The beginner area at Massanutten is much better than Wintergreen. The training area at Mnut includes two magic carpets, one for the kids ski school and the other one that is longer and has more pitch for the Beginner and Adv Beg/Intermediate clinics. Anyone can use the training area after ski school is over at 2pm. The long green at Wintergreen is also the access to the separate advanced area called the Highlands. Also is steeper than the long green at Mnut. The conveyor loading for the two beginner lifts moves things along nicely. Wintergreen has high-speed 6-packs but still means a beginner needs to move into place under their own power. The other disadvantage to Wintergreen for a mixed ability group is that the intermediate terrain off Acorn is a long way from the advanced terrain at the Highlands. Really not practical to allow tweens to ski alone and meet up later. At Mnut, there is only one lodge at the base of the ski area. I was comfortable letting my daughter ski with a friend by the time she was 8. The Wintergreen layout does not make that nearly as easy.

Liberty and Roundtop are more day trip ski areas I think. Whitetail seems pretty nice but not as many lodging options as Mnut. Total vertical at Whitetop is about 900 ft. Mnut is 1100, with 825 for the black runs off Lift 6 alone. More vertical than all the larger ski resorts in PA.

From where I live in central NC, driving to Wintergreen takes 30 minutes less time. But after checking it out, Mnut was where I decided to become a season pass holder. My daughter and I also checked out Beech, Sugar, Winterplace, and Snowshoe before making the decision. For weekend trips, not waiting in long lift lines is only possible at Mnut.

As an advanced skier, I like the Highlands mid-week but that the only time I would go to Wintergreen.
post #10 of 18
You might see if folks on DCSki.com have suggestions.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful response. It seems like mnut is the place to go to.
If you ever want to ski in NE, i'll be delighted to provide any info you need.

Regards
Ara
post #12 of 18

+1 to MNutt for beginners over the holidays. Wintergreen's got two very different terrain areas linked together.  There is the historical area, which is a total zoo on weekends and holidays.  There is also the newer Highlands area that is kind of a secret stash of some decent fairly steep terrain served by a high speed six pack.  I've never had to wait more than four or five minutes for a chair there.  You can rack up a lot of vert in a short time there usually.  But, it can often be a 15 minute wait at the other lifts, longer at the ones right outside the lodges right after lunch. 

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Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful response. It seems like mnut is the place to go to.
If you ever want to ski in NE, i'll be delighted to provide any info you need.

Regards
Ara

You're welcome!  I've been in NC for a long time but started out life in New York City.  Learned to ski up in the Adirondacks but hadn't skied there for a long time.  Have reasons to be up in Lake Placid the next few winters though.  I'll keep you in mind. :) 

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If you are just going for a day trip from the DC metro area with newbies and you're speaking of the heart of the Christmas vacation period, then Bryce is hard to beat because of low crowds, moderate prices and good snowmaking.  Old report:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=970

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If you are just going for a day trip from the DC metro area with newbies and you're speaking of the heart of the Christmas vacation period, then Bryce is hard to beat because of low crowds, moderate prices and good snowmaking.  Old report:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=970

OP was asking about a resort with restaurants, spa, etc. in addition to a good place for beginners.  What does Bryce have in addition to the slopes?

post #16 of 18
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thank you very much

ara

post #17 of 18
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OP was asking about a resort with restaurants, spa, etc. in addition to a good place for beginners.  What does Bryce have in addition to the slopes?

Good point.  My comments apply to day trip. Not much resort amenities, a sprinkle of condos and a lot of private homes at Bryce.  That giant pool at Massanutten would definitely be a kid-pleaser during a multiday visit.

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

OP was asking about a resort with restaurants, spa, etc. in addition to a good place for beginners.  What does Bryce have in addition to the slopes?

Good point.  My comments apply to day trip. Not much resort amenities, a sprinkle of condos and a lot of private homes at Bryce.  That giant pool at Massanutten would definitely be a kid-pleaser during a multiday visit.

The indoor waterpark is definitely a draw for my daughter.  The twilight rate starts at 5pm so can easily ski and play at the  waterpark on the same day.  Staying on resort includes free access to two indoor pools, an Olympic-size with diving board and one in the valley at the Woodstone Rec Center that is next to a huge hot tub (adults only).  The Woodstone pool is warmer and good for younger kids who aren't good swimmers.

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