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Tips on Virginia's ski resorts

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I've been driving from Atlanta to NY and on the way I noticed few ski resorts. Since it's closer then Vail I'm thinking about going there and see it for myself. It's closer then Vail and  I bet it's not as expensive as the Colorado ski paradise :)
Any of you guys ever been there?
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I wouldn't bet a whole lot of money on that if you head to Snowshoe (WV).  There is one expensive little mtn. without a whole lot to show for it.  If you are headed there with the wife or your sweetie there are some reasonalbly nice accomodations at the top and a few outdoor rock pools. It's an upside down mountain....the lodge etc etc is at the top. That's kinda cool, if what you are after is a simple get-away with a little skiing thrown in.

If you want some reasonably cheap, fun skiing, try Wintergreen.  You can ski the place out in a day, nothing really steep there....no bumps, but still a fun little mountain.
post #3 of 13
I'm with UL on Snowshoe.  It's hard to get to and don't forget your wallet.  I would not go there on purpose however if I were already driving by and they had recent snow, I might stop.  Expect more ice than snow.
post #4 of 13
jarpil, check out www.dcski.com 
It has a lot of info, resort profiles, reviews, and forums on mid-Atlantic skiing.  The guys above are talking about Snowshoe in WV.  If you are coming up I81 to get to NY you would pass near three ski areas in the state of Virginia:  Wintergreen about 25 west of Charlottesville, Massanutten about 10 miles east of Harrisonburg, and Bryce Mtn about 25 miles northwest of Harrisonburg.  Probably the best of those is Wintergreen.  It can be busy on prime winter weekends, but not bad for a two or three day visit.
post #5 of 13
Don't forget where you are at. This is VA and not CO. So if you are looking fo a cheap version of Vail, it will not happen in the southeast. Wintergreen if a fun little hill and nothing more. along with all the hills in WV & NC. Snowshoe is the best thing around WV,VA,NC. It is EXPENSIVE but if they are getting a fresh dump it is worth it.
post #6 of 13
 If it's a powder day at Snowshoe, you may hit the jackpot by stopping there.  I've had powder days there that rival the best of my experiences out west and in Vermont.  The thing is, your timing has to be real good.  The rest of the time it's just an average mid-A resort.

Agree that Wintergreen is probably the best bet for a stop in VA, just don't go there on weekends -- the place is a zoo then.  On the other hand, weekdays are fantastic there -- you'll have the place to yourself.
post #7 of 13
I had some great day trips with my family to Whitetail in PA near the MD/VA northwestern border last season.  They had some great runs, with separate runs/hill by skill level...they weren't bad!...it's not huge, but was not crowded and my 8 year old kept me out there from 8am till 10pm....yes, night skiing too...

http://www.skiwhitetail.com/
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Originally Posted by mastergunnera8 View Post

I had some great day trips with my family to Whitetail in PA near the MD/VA northwestern border last season.  They had some great runs, with separate runs/hill by skill level...they weren't bad!...it's not huge, but was not crowded and my 8 year old kept me out there from 8am till 10pm....yes, night skiing too...

http://www.skiwhitetail.com/

Good point about Whitetail, not Virginia, but only about 15 miles from I81 in south central PA. 

If 81 is your route, Montage near Scranton is only a couple miles off the interstate. 

I'd add a special plug about Bryce Mountain Resort:  great place for beginners and lower intermediates, low prices, low crowds even on weekends.  Nice family vibe on a small hill with good snowmaking.
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Thanks everybody!
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Sorry for the triple reply. Don't know how that could happen :(
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Sorry for the triple reply. Don't know how that could happen :(
 

It's OK.  Sometimes people just get excited here on Epic.
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