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Massanutten Resort Is Celebrating 50 Years of Memories!

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This upcoming winter season at Massanutten will be nothing short of epic. The resort will celebrate its 50th anniversary with special events all season long including a much awaited plan for an expansion and upgrades to the ski area. These upgrades will refresh the property and elevate the guest experience, with expansions including new ski trails, expanded learning terrain, RFID Gates, and snowmaking improvements.

Expansions and improvements that guests can enjoy this winter season and beyond include:

Expanded Terrain

New for the 21-22 season is a new conveyor lift and expanded beginner terrain plus the opening of a new “most difficult” terrain under the existing lift 5 line. 2022 is where the real excitement begins with the addition of two new trails,  a new “More Difficult” trail and a new “Most Difficult” trail with both being served by lift 6. 2023 will bring a new detachable quad lift to replace the existing quad lift 6 and a new double black diamond “Most Difficult” trail under the lift. In 2024, the resort will introduce two additional “More Difficult” trails, with one connecting Paradice to Mass Transit and another new trail off of lift 5.

New RFID Gates at Each Lift

Massanutten is partnering with Axess to provide easy and direct lift access for guests who are ready to take on the slopes. Season passes and day pass cards will replace Massanutten’s traditional tickets, eliminating the need to visit the ticket window and allowing guests to get on the slopes faster. Electronic gates will be placed at each lift, where guests will scan their card to gain access based on their ticket type and time of day.

Snowmaking Improvements

Winter activities will be better than ever this year with 54 new snowmaking machines that will increase snowmaking ability while cutting down on energy use. The new, semi-automatic HKD low-energy air water snowmakers will be placed on the Diamond Jim and Paradice ski trails, allowing the resort to cover more of the mountain with snow than ever before. In addition, four automated fan-style snowmakers will be tower mounted on the Southern Comfort trail and two snowmaking pumps will be added to the heart of the snowmaking system, increasing water pressure and providing more flexibility in terms of where the resort can produce snow. Another exciting upgrade to the mountain includes a Winch Cat groomer that’ll assist for grooming on the steepest part of the mountain.

New and Improved Areas to Relax and Unwind

In addition to upgraded outdoor areas, Massanutten will also reveal improvements to its patrol room, the lodge, and Mid Mountain Grill.

Ready. Set. We’re not done yet!

Guests are invited to take part in the resort’s 50th Celebration which includes giveaways, special 50th promotions and 50th anniversary events.

Every day from December 1, 2021 through January 20, 2022, Massanutten will announce a lift ticket winner on Facebook during the 50 Day Lift Ticket Giveaway. Enter up to once per day through November 26 at Massanutten Resort – The Big 50 Giveaway (

Massanutten will feature a $50 off 50th Ski Package, bigger and better Snow Moon Festival Weekend on March 4-6, 2022, Throwback 70’s Day, Live at the Lodge Events, plus so much more. Check out all the details at Massanutten Resort – 50th Celebration (

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