Beat the Boredom at Bryce Resort

Make a quick escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains or fully embrace the remote-work lifestyle and discover what Bryce Resort is all about.  Small in size but large in personality this place has something to offer for anyone in need of a breath of fresh mountain air.  The 2021 season has been one of the best in a long time with almost 30” of natural snowfall to date and more in the forecast. The base has grown to over 60” in most places on the mountain and it’s only growing.  It looks as though winter is here to stay for a bit and this mountain is fully embracing it!  

Bryce was recently recognized as one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in the country and you’ll see why when you arrive. The Horst Locher Snowsports School has maintained an exceptional reputation over the years making it the perfect mountain for first-timers and anyone looking to improve. All instructors have been certified through PSIA and have years of experience under their belts.  If you’re concerned about safety, the snowsports school only offers private lessons to help maintain adequate distance while in a lesson. Book in advance though because lessons are very popular!

Horst Locher Snowsports School

While many resorts have sold to larger corporations, Bryce has stayed true to its roots since 1965 as an independently owned operation. They have even teamed up with other independently owned resorts across the country to participate in the newly created Indy Pass. It’s an incredibly affordable pass that gives you access to some of the best resorts across North America including some other local spots.  

Bryce is backed by its committed members who either call this place home or treat it as a home away from home. Instead of simply having a timeshare, the members earn countless benefits and discounted or free access to many of the resort’s amenities.  You’ll often see the same smiling faces in the lift line from day to day.  That doesn’t mean non-members aren’t welcome though. Bryce welcomes all who want an experience they won’t forget. And that experience is only growing with new additions and improvements being made each year.  

Bryce’s New Outdor Bar and Grille, Carter’s Hütte

Bryce added a dedicated terrain park, Thunder Jug, for the 2021 season.  The newly developed area adjacent to the beginner slope, Red Eye, is a first for the resort and adds to the diverse selection of terrain.  In response to the pandemic and concerns over indoor dining, a new outdoor bar and grill was added to the base area for easy access to food and beverage.  Carter’s Hütte has a unique bavarian style with fuel to keep you going throughout the day.  It also includes two rotating taps and a healthy stock of your favorite bottled and canned drinks. 

Instructors enjoying early morning sessions in Thunder Jug terrain park

For those lacking interest in skiing or snowboarding, tubing offers an exhilarating ride with no skill or equipment required!  Not to mention, if you purchase a tubing ticket, ice skating is only an $8 add on. The list goes on for reasons to visit this quaint oasis in the mountains of western Virginia.  Now book a ticket and go see for yourself!

All photos by Andrew DeVier-Scott

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