Skiing Near DC

skiing near dc

Don’t let the unseasonably warm weather fool you; we are headed into winter in the Mid-Atlantic. That’s good news for fans of winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. With its close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains, the DC area is within easy traveling distance of a number of ski resorts. Each of the region’s many options for skiing and other winter sports is feverishly preparing for the start of snow season, which should begin in early December. Our guide to skiing near DC will help you choose which winter vacation destination is right for you.

Virginia Resorts

Wintergreen Resort

Winter Sports

Wintergreen offers 27 trails with difficulties ranging from beginner to expert. The runs lean more heavily towards expert difficulty than many of the resorts on our list, making Wintergreen an attractive choice for seasoned skiers. Several trails are also lighted for night skiing. If you’re up for something a little more “extreme,” the resort also offers an award-winning terrain park.

If you’re looking for a trip down the mountain that requires a bit less coordination, Wintergreen’s tubing park, the Plunge, is a great choice. If you’re visiting with small children, Ridgeley’s fun park offers kid-approved fun for the little ones. The resort also offers outdoor ice-skating at Shamokin Ice.

Amenities and Accommodations

When you’re ready for a break from the slopes, Wintergreen has a variety of indoor offerings to help you warm up. Treat yourself at the resort spa, which offers a full menu of services. With four restaurants catering to a variety of tastes and occasions, you’ll surely find the perfect dining experience. For your stay on the mountain, Wintergreen offers several different accommodation choices. You can choose to stay in a guest room, condo, or house while visiting the resort.

Location and Contact

Wintergreen Resort is located about 45 miles southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Wintergreen Resort
Route 664
Wintergreen, Virginia 22958

Wintergreen Resort Website


Winter Sports

Massanutten features 14 trails, pretty evenly divided among the three skill levels. All of their trails are also lighted for night skiing. You can also slide on over to one of their two terrain parks for a bit of freestyle fun.

Snow tubing is available at the Family Adventure Park. The resort’s outdoor ice-skating rink can accommodate over 130 skaters during each session. And if you want to get your winter and summer vacation fun all at the same time, you can visit Massanutten’s indoor water park.

Amenities and Accommodations

Massanutten offers a variety of dining options, from fine dining to quick snacks. The resort has three restaurants as well as a cafeteria in the ski lodge. If you’re in the mood for some live music or a bit of nightlife, there are various evening entertainment options offered throughout the season. You can wind down at the Massanutten Spa when you get tired of the slopes. Massanutten offers hotel and condo accommodations for your stay at the resort.

Location and Contact

Massanutten Resort is located just east of Harrisonburg, Virginia (home of James Madison University).

1822 Resort Drive
McGaheysville, Virginia 22840

Massanutten Resort Website

Bryce Resort

Winter Sports

Bryce is a smaller resort with only eight trails, most of which are beginner and intermediate level; there is only one expert trail. This makes it a nice choice for families and less experienced patrons who may be intimidated by advanced skiers and riders . Bryce also features a snow tubing park.

Amenities and Accommodations

Bryce’s dining options include a restaurant as well as two grills for casual fare. While Bryce does not have its own hotel, there are plenty of lodging options. You can rent a condo or house, or stay in one of several nearby hotels.

Location and Contact

Bryce resort is located just over two hours west of Washington, D.C.

1982 Fairway Drive
Basye, Virginia 22810

Bryce Resort Website

The Omni Homestead Resort

Winter Sports

If you’re looking to combine your ski trip with a historic location, look no further than the Homestead. The Omni Homestead ski area features 10 trails on 45 acres with slopes for all skill levels. They also boast the region’s only Rossignol Experience Center. You can also enjoy outdoor ice-skating and the Penguin Slides Tubing Park.

Amenities and Accommodations

2016 marks the Homestead’s 250th anniversary. Yes, the resort, which started its life as an 18-room inn, is even older than the United States itself. Thomas Jefferson and 22 other U.S. presidents have visited the Homestead throughout its history.

The onsite spa offers a full menu of services, including salon services and body treatments in the Aqua Thermal Suite. The Homestead offers a wide variety of dining options, including several restaurants and bars and casual family dining at Downtime, a venue that also features arcade games and bowling. The resort offers 483 guest rooms with options from standard rooms to premium suites. All guest rooms are decorated with an eye to old Southern elegance.

Location and Contact

The Omni Homestead Resort is located 60 miles southwest of Staunton, Virginia.

7696 Sam Snead Highway
Hot Springs, Virginia 24445

The Omni Homestead Resort Website

Maryland Resorts

chair lift

Wisp Resort

Winter Sports

Wisp, Maryland’s only ski resort, boasts 34 slopes and 172 acres. There is a good mix of difficulty levels from beginner to expert. They also offer three terrain parks, divided by skill level. This is a great option for parents to let their children try some freestyle moves without fear of getting squished by the “big kids.” There are also options for a variety of other winter activities, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, and snow tubing. The one-of-a-kind Mountain Coaster is an exciting addition to Wisp’s outdoor offerings.

Amenities and Accommodations

Wisp offers a variety of dining options, including one fine dining restaurant, a bar, and several casual cafes. The hotel and conference center offers a mix of standard rooms and small suites as well as deluxe suite options for your stay on the mountain.

Location and Contact

Wisp Resort is located near Maryland’s western border, about three hours from Washington, D.C.

296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, Maryland 21541

Wisp Resort Website

West Virginia Resorts

snowboarder on the slopes

Snowshoe Mountain

Winter Sports

Snowshoe is the largest ski resort in the region, and it has a great variety of options for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The resort boasts 57 trails on 256 acres with the most vertical drop in the region. The trails are a good mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert runs. For freestylers, there are five terrain parks to explore. And of course, the snow tubing park offers fun for the whole family. If you’re looking for something with a little more horsepower, try an off-road adventure or snowmobile tour.

Amenities and Accommodations

If you’re looking for some indoor fun, the Big Top is a 15,000 square foot indoor playground for all ages. If you’re all worn out, visit the spa for some premium relaxation. The resort also features a yoga studio.

Snowshoe offers over a dozen dining options ranging from fine dining to slopeside snacks. You’re sure to find something for every taste on the mountain. You have plenty of options for lodging at Snowshoe. Choose from a variety of options for guest rooms, suites, condos, and townhomes.

Location and Contact

Snowshoe Mountain is located just over the West Virginia border, about two hours west of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Snowshoe Mountain
10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, West Virginia 26209

Snowshoe Mountain Website


Winter Sports

Timberline Resort offers 41 trails and 2 terrain parks. If you’re an experienced skier looking for a challenge, they offer several glade skiing trails so you can slide with grace among the snow-covered trees.

Amenities and Accommodations

Timberline offers three dining options, a cafeteria, a pub, and a fine dining restaurant. Lodging is available in the Timbers Inn, but rooms are limited, so it’s safest to book early if you want to stay at the resort.

Location and Contact

Timberline Resort is located a little over three hours west of Washington, D.C.

254 Four Seasons Drive
Davis, West Virginia 26260

Timberline Resort Website

Winterplace Ski Resort

Winter Sports

Winterplace Ski Resort features 27 trails on more than 90 acres with a good mix of beginner, intermediate, and expert difficulties. The top elevation is 3,600 feet with a vertical drop of 603 feet. The resort also offers 2 terrain parks. Winterplace boasts the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia. If tubing is your main interest, Winterplace may be a good choice as they offer longer sessions than most tubing parks, including unlimited tubing Monday through Friday.

Amenities and Accommodations

Winterplace offers five dining options located throughout the resort, including slope-side options. The Cabins at Winterplace offer lodging onsite. The cabins include free wifi and complimentary breakfast. There are also a variety of other lodging options nearby, including hotels, resorts, and more cabins.

Location and Contact

Winterplace Ski Resort is located 90 minutes northwest of Blacksburg, Virginia.

100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road
Ghent, WV  25843

Winterplace Ski Resort Website

Pennsylvania Resorts

skier looking over the slopes

Liberty Mountain Resort

Winter Sports

Liberty Mountain offers 22 slopes on 91 acres. The slopes are weighted somewhat towards beginner and intermediate levels, but there are plenty of expert runs as well. The resort also offers three terrain parks divided by skill level. You can also enjoy snow tubing at Boulder Ridge. The tubing park also offers a special kiddie tubing area for children ages 2-4 and options for birthday parties.

Amenities and Accommodations

Liberty Mountain offers several restaurants as well as a variety of casual dining options located throughout the resort area. The Laventide Spa will be opening in early 2016. The Liberty Hotel offers 91 guest rooms for your stay on the mountain. If you want a day away from the slopes, historic Gettysburg is less than ten miles from the resort.

Location and Contact

Liberty Mountain Resort is located 90 minutes north of Washington, D.C.

78 Country Club Trail
Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania 17320

Liberty Mountain Resort Website

Whitetail Resort

Winter Sports

Whitetail Resort offers 23 trails for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Trails are lighted for night skiing every evening until 10:00 PM. In addition, the resort boasts two terrain parks and a half pipe for freestylers. Adventure Snow Tubing offers ten lanes for tubing enthusiasts of all ages.

Amenities and Accommodations

Whitetail’s dining options include a restaurant, a food court, and a Starbucks. They offer child care and children’s programs onsite. The resort does not have lodging onsite, but there are several nearby hotels that can accommodate you during your trip.

Location and Contact

Whitetail Resort is located less than two hours northwest of Washington, D.C.

13805 Blairs Valley Road
Mercersburg, PA 17236

Whitetail Resort Website

Wherever your winter plans take you this year, we at Geoff McDonald and Associates wish you a happy and safe ski season. Please like and share with your friends!

Photos: kcxd, dvs, MarLeah Cole, Kris Arnold

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