Winter Guide: Resort Q & A:

Average Inches of Snowfall? 80-100

Number of Slopes? 27 runs, 2 terrain parks, and 11 lifts

Skiable Acres? 90+

Backcountry Access? No

Pass Prices?
Adult Full: $599
Child/Sr Full: $399
College: $199
Adult Mid-Week: $399
Jr. Mid-Week: $299
Adult Night: $269
Jr. Night: $199
Snowtubing: $229

Opening Day Date? December 15

Driving Distance to Nearest Major City/Cities?

  • Washington, D.C. (333 miles)
  • Richmond, VA (227 miles)
  • Charlottesville, VA (200 miles)
  • Roanoke, VA (110 miles)
  • Lexington KY (247 miles)
  • Winston Salem, NC (130 miles)
  • Atlanta, GA (450 miles)
  • Chattanooga TN (351 miles)

What’s new?

Located just off I-77, between Beckley and Bluefield, West Virginia is one of the most accessible ski areas in the South East. We have 27 Trails, 10 lifts, 2 Terrain Parks and West Virginia’s Largest Snowtubing Park. During the season we are open seven days a week with skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing until 10:00 PM each night. This requires us to have a state of the art snowmaking system and we are always keeping it up to date to provide the best experience for our visitors. With 100% snowmaking capacity, we have one of the most sophisticated snowmaking systems in the country. In the early days, snowmaking required teams of snowmakers out on the hill setting up and moving equipment. Today, it still requires a team, but instead of 10 to 15 there are now 3 to 4. With 119 permanently mounted snowmaking guns, the Winterplace snow making system is computer controlled to bring the mix of water and air together when the temperatures are right to cover the trails with a winter blanket of snow. The on-site 50,000 million gallon snowmaking lake feeds the system that can draw up to 10,000 gallons of water per minute to send up the hill. This translates to a ski area covered with snow as soon as the temperatures drop. Natural snow just becomes a bonus.  

What are the best après ski activities at the resort and in the area?

A day on the slopes burns a lot of calories and visitors can feed these hungers at one of the four slope side restaurants at our resort. Hearty servings, health alternatives, and   adult beverages can be found at all four slope side restaurants, but it’s the Snow Drift Lounge in the main resort where you’ll find daily drink specials, hot wings, and sliders.

New this year at Mickey’s on the Slope, you’ll find weekend specials of “Brat’s and Beer” with tap take-overs planned by any one of the growing micro breweries from the area.

 

Where do you recommend visitors buy their gear?

Our all-inclusive packages include lift tickets, rental equipment, and a lesson, and they are priced so they don’t break the wallet and will leave you looking forward to your next visit. Rental equipment included with the complete slope package is top of the line Rossignol Skis, Boots, and Snowboards. Rossignol is one of the largest ski and snowboard manufactures in the world with a reputation for quality equipment.

What are the best off-the-slope activities that you offer?

For a complete listing of all Winterplace activities visit our site or contact the Winterplace Group sales department at 1(800) 607-SNOW (7669). See you on the slopes!   

 

Where do you suggest your visitors stay in the area? And if they want to buy in the area?

Winterplace has several lodging options and packages available. From the deluxe accommodations at nearby Resort at Glade Springs, where an hourly shuttle to and from the mountain is provided, to a bare bones hotel room in near-by Beckley or Princeton. Lodging options to meet your budget and comfort needs can be found here.

What do you offer beginners who want to learn to ski?

Winterplace is the Number One place to learn to Ski and Snowboard (voted so by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine). As Members of the Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructors of America, lessons are offered for all levels of snow sports enthusiasts. Our snowsports center is one of the few resorts in the country to offer “Terrain Based Learning” as part of their programs. Developed by “Snow Operating,” this award-winning approach to having fun while learning a new sport, shapes the snow with features like banked turns, or gentle rollers that allows those new to the sport to pick up the skills needed to negotiate the rest of the hill. Terrain based learning “Gets you to the Fun Faster.” From the ski lift, the Terrain Based learning (TBL) area looks like what you would see at a skate board park only with snow—mini pipes, banked turns, rollers, and the perfect slope are all names you will become familiar with by the end of a lesson.

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