Wintergreensits high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, over 3,000 feet above the valley.Temperatures are generally 10-15 degrees cooler than the surroundingarea providing summer temperatures rarely above 80degrees and winter temperatures perfect for snowmaking. Youcan also enjoy hiking, indoor swimming, an adventure center for the family, andtons of dining options. Ridgely’s Fun Park offers a great place for children toplay in the snow and includes a tamer snow tubing experience, (for ages two andup).
BryceResort really accommodates everyone, including those who aren’t quite as goodat snow sports including First Time Ski and Snowboard Packages for first-timeskiers and snowboarders ages eight years and older. Your family can also go tubingdown Bryce’s 800-foot long tubing lanes is very popular at Bryce Resort and agreat way to spend time as a family. After a fun day in the snow, Bryceoffers the Kids Club on Saturday evenings for ages 4-11 where they will enjoycrafts, games, and a snack while you have some adult time. They also offerMilitary Days each month with Military Personnel receiving FREE lifttickets and discounted tickets for their families.
Massanuttenoffers lighted night skiing. This is a full service resort with condominiumsand hotel accommodations. Massanutten also offers lots of lessons, andoptions for tons of snow fun including tubing, a spa, resort activities, and alarge indoor waterpark! Throughout January and February, Massanutten hasMonday Night Madness, with rentals and lift tickets for $18 each, from 4:00 PM– 9:00 PM, including a free group lesson. College Days are Wednesdays andFridays with any valid college ID from January 4th-March 2nd, 2012. Theyare also offering a School’s Out Special for students, parents, facultyand staff that are out of school due to inclement weather can ski or snowboardat reduced rates.
WispResorts offers tons of kid’s programs. Enjoy the slopes with your honey anddrop off your kids for a while with the Wisp Child Care Drop In Center, whichoffers short-term child care for ages 2 to 8. Willy Wisp is a ski programdesigned for 3 – 7 year olds. Mini-Riders is a new snowboard program for6 – 7 year olds. Mountain Rippers is a two-hour snowboard or ski class thatwill have your 8 – 14 year olds on the mountain longer and learning some cooltechniques that will make even you envious. Club Wisp is a ski orsnowboard program for 8 – 14 year olds. This season Wisp is offeringa Mondays-$29 Deal Day which begins January 2.
With an average of 200 inches of snow perseason, Timberline promises the best snow a resort can have! Trails can be upto miles long (some of the longest in the South) and give riders a change toreally enjoy the scenic views. On the weekends, they have live entertainment.Head to their website to view a LIVE video camera of the slopes! Their liveblue grass weekend is at the end of January, and a not-to-miss event for thewhole family!
Winterplace Ski Resort
This resort offers the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia, and also hasa kiddie snow tubing park! Wednesdays from 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM, you can take ski or snowboardinglessons for $29.95. You can also ski free on President’s Day (Monday, February20).
Canaan Resort’s has a great place where your kidscan be entertained called Kidz Korner. Hit the slopes and know your kids are ingood hands. Your kids can be from age two through six to hang at Kidz Korner,and must be potty trained. Call ahead to set them up! In addition to skiing andsnow boarding, Canaan Resorts also offers snowshoeing, tubing, airboarding andice skating with a rink that features an outdoor fireplace. This winterCanaan Resort is offering the Super Saver Midweek promotions which includeFood Bank Monday, Locals Tuesdays, BOGO Wednesday (buy one get one free),Heroes Day Thursday and TGIF(Thanks Goodness I’m Forty-something Friday).
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Snowshoe Mountain Resort is the only resort in the region to routinely crack the annual SKI and Skiing magazine rankings list of the top 20 ski areas in the Southeast. There’s a good reason for the high marks: Snowshoe combines three ski areas into one resort for a total of 57 trails, with glades and steeps that beat anything else south of the Mason-Dixon Line. It gets 180 inches of snow annually, and has a vertical drop of 1,500 feet. Owned by Intrawest, which owns ski areas such as Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, Snowshoe looks and feels like a big resort.
Evenif your kids don’t want to ski, Whitetail Resort offers a center-based facilitystaffed by responsible and caring individuals to children ages 6 months to 12years. Whitetail’schildren’s program is filled with excellent instruction and fun activities, forskiers ages 4 through 12 and snowboarders ages 6 through 12. Kids Mountain Campintroduces snowsports without competitiveness, ensuring each child is having ablast while learning new skills. Whitetail also offers tubing, childcare, and more! Ski Whitetail is 89 miles from Washington D.C. On Wednesdays inJanuary Whitetail is offering the Learn to Ski or Snowboard program for just$39 including lesson, rental equipment and an all day lift ticket.
Pennsylvania’s largest ski and four seasonresort. Seven Springs has a great deal for families called the “Winter FamilyMemories” package. Sunday through Wednesday through March, the package includeslodging, skiing, tubing, bowling, miniature golf, breakfast,a pizza andmore, with 2 kids ages 11 and under for free! Starting at $298 per adult.
Liberty Mountain Resort is more than a ski area. With a hotel and multiple bars and restaurants on-site, it’s a real resort. It’s also the closest ski area to the Washington, D.C., area, making it a favorite among ski clubs at area grade schools. Also making it kid-friendly: Burton Riglet Park, where instructors teach kids as young as 3 the basics of snow-boarding. Dipsy Doodle, a 5,200-foot beginner run is a favorite among shredders of all ages. Over the past few years, Liberty has improved its snowmaking system by adding more efficient snow guns. It also has added Burton Riglet Park, and has remodeled most of its hotel rooms.
Roundtop Mountain Resort
RoundtopMountain Resort has tons of great options for the whole family. Options includethe Snow Ranger 2-hour program offered three times a day, the Mountaineer4-hour program, and the Night Ranger 1-hour lesson offered several times in theevening. Ages 4 to 12 for skiing, 6 to 12 for snowboarding. Roundtop also offers tubing and the Playcare child care option for ages 18months to 12 years. This winter Roundtop is offering Ladies Days onTuesdays, College Day and Mens Days on Wednesdays, and Home School Dayson Thursdays with a discounted lift ticket and free child care. They also offer Military Discounts.
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