Bryce Nice @ Good Price (Friday, Jan 15, 2016)
by Jim Kenney
I'm going to give some love to my favorite small ski area in the mid-Atlantic. I skied 26 runs today at Bryce Resort in Virginia on a four hour weekday seniors ticket for $25 from approximately 9:30AM to 1:30PM. Only 500 feet of vertical, but this place is a real gem, especially for novices and intermediates. All eight slopes were open at Bryce Resort with a good corduroy surface over a firm base at the start with temps right around freezing. It warmed up to about 40 degrees while I was there and the snow softened nicely under a weak January sun with partial clouds. The clouds got thicker by the time I left for home at 1:30PM.
I got free rock star parking about 50 feet from the beginner area and I was easily able to go back and forth from my car to switch and test three different pairs of skis from my garage “quiver”. My normal skis (‘12-‘13 Nordica Burners) got a blown out edge last March in Colorado that I repaired not-so-well with gorilla glue in the offseason. I think I found that my son’s old Stockli skis (‘06-‘07 Stormrider AT) are going to work as back up in case the edge fails on the Nordicas.
Bryce is great. This is one nimble and efficient ski operation. They can go from nothing to “all slopes open” lightening quick. Don’t let a little non-frozen precip scare you away this MLK Weekend. As soon as things dry out I suggest you take advantage of Bryce’s low rates and low crowds and get thee to the slopes! You might be able to buy tickets in advance on Liftopia.com for even less than the normal low prices at the Bryce ticket window.
All photos by Jim Kenney
The base area was really quiet at 9:30 in the morning. In fact, I took 26 chairlift rides today and never once with another person!!! And I used deoderant this morning???
My really old 3rd string skis and Revenuer’s Run in foreground, Locher Bowl in center background. Good manmade snow on looker’s left side of Locher Bowl!
Patrolers kept me company. The trail to right, Hangover, has the steepest pitch of any at Bryce.
I guess about four years ago Bryce replaced an old double chair with a fixed grip quad with conveyor loading. This is the primary of two chairs at Bryce and it’s a solid lift.
Bryce’s tubing hill is up and running. Just needs some more gliders:-)
There are a lot of interesting mountain bike features in the woods adjacent to the ski slopes. Looks like a fun summer thing.
Bryce really shines as a training hill. This is the smaller of two beginner areas. This one is for never-evers. My car is in the background just steps from the snow. BTW, I first skied Bryce around 1968 and the rare occasions I get there these days are very nostalgic for me.
Bryce Resort website: http://www.bryceresort.com/Winter.aspx