Massanutten Resort – Massanutten, VA

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Average inches of snowfall? 37 inches

Number of slopes? 14

Skiable acres? 70

Pass prices?

Adult Full Season Pass: $428 before November 30 ($475 on/after December 1)

Student Full Season Pass: $360 before November 30 ($400 on/after December 1)

Special Value Pass: $299 (Valid Sunday – Friday, excluding Dec. 25 – Jan. 1. Valid after 4 pm any day)

Opening day? Mid-December (weather permitting)

Number of lifts? 7

Longest run? 4,100-foot-long, black-diamond-rated Paradice

Base/summit elevation? 2,860

Driving distance to nearest major cities?

  • Charlottesville, VA 1 hour
  • Richmond, VA 2 hours
  • Roanoke, VA 2 hours
  • Washington, D.C. 2.5 hours
  • Baltimore, MD 3 hours
  • Winston Salem, NC 4 hours
  • Pittsburgh, PA 4 hours
  • Pennsylvania, PA 4 hours
  • Charlotte, NC 5 hours
  • Lexington, KY 6.5 hours
  • Chattanooga, TN 7 hours
  • Atlanta, GA 8.5 hours

What’s new at the resort this year?

Once the Massanutten Ski Area opens for the winter season, skiers and snowboarders will be welcomed to a newly remodeled lodge, which has received a modern, exterior face-lift to improve the overall aesthetics of our historic mountain lodge.

Stemming from a partnership with SNOW Operating; we’re proud to offer guests a way to learn how to ski or ride, the easy (and fun) way at The NEW! Snow Circuit at Easy Street, Massanutten’s terrain-based learning program. By using specifically shaped snow features to control your speed and body position, Terrain Based Learning removes the traditional fears and anxieties associated with your first time sliding on snow, allowing you to focus purely on the fun!

To better accommodate Terrain-Based Learning, we’ve also expanded our teaching area and relocated one of our carpet lifts to enhance the first timer’s experience in our Easy Street learning area. Additional LED lighting in this area will offer up tons of fun day or night for any first-timer, second timer, or all-timer for that matter!

For true NUTTs, our season passholder perks are back this season, along with new pass options like the Indy Pass; which includes two free days of skiing and riding at more than 44 Indy Pass resort in the US and Canada.

We’re also excited to expand on the success of Northern Lights tubing with more late night sessions on Friday and Saturday Nights, which will feature music and brightly colored lights which will illuminate our 900-foot-long tubing hill for a great new, family-friendly activity here at the Resort.

If shopping while sipping on coffee is more your speed, discover new looks, new gifts, and new styles this season at our five on-mountain retail stores! Stop by the NEW! Lift Coffee Bar located inside the recently updated General Store for signature winter drinks, baked goods, fudge, and more!

Capping out the 2020 season, we’re excited to bring back Snow Moon Fest for its third year. The epic winter celebration is going to be held March 6-8, 2020 and will feature popular events such as the Arctic Plunge, 4K race/walk, live music, tap takeovers & samples, fireworks, torchlight parade & more!

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

With Massanutten Resort’s wide range of restaurants and bars, events, and activities, you have a myriad of options for après-ski.

There are countless events going on at Massanutten Resort throughout the season. You can find a full list of events here.

To relax and recharge after a full day outdoors, what can be better than a visit to Massanutten’s very own day spa. For the ultimate relaxing experience, combine aromatherapy with a massage.

If your full day on the slopes leaves you craving a good meal, no worries! Whether you are looking for traditional southern barbecue or campfire-inspired skillet with local ingredients, our restaurants will take care of your hunger and your taste buds! Plus, there’s no better way to warm up than to come indoors and take a long slow sip of something delicious.

Base Camp Umbrella Bar is located at the base of the slopes, right on the Ski Lodge deck and offers a full menu, craft beer, and some of the most unique cocktails on the mountain, like the Smoked Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita. Enjoy your beverage at the bar or gather with friends and family around your very own deck-top fire pit.

The NEW! Lift Coffee Bar serves specialty beverages like lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos to order, just the way you like it. Conveniently located in the General Store, right next to the ski slopes, The Lift will provide that perfect drink whether you are headed out for a full day of skiing or need something to warm you up after you’re done. And if you need a snack to go with the perfect cup, we have you covered with bagels, muffins, scones, and old fashioned fudge.

Encounters Lounge, on the second floor of the Ski Lodge, is open Wed-Mon, with a DJ, live music, and dancing every Friday and Saturday night. Just show your slope-use ticket for free admission!

Where do you recommend visitors buy or rent their gear?

Massanutten’s very own Rental Shop provides skiers and snowboarders with the basic equipment they might need for a fun day on the mountain. Items rented include skis, boots, poles, snowboards, boots, and helmets.

The General Store is a great place to find new gear on the mountain. It is located at the top of Massanutten Drive, in the heart of the Ski Area. Also, be sure to check out Powder Shack Ski & Snowboard Shop, located just down the road on Rt. 33 for great prices on skis, snowboards, helmets, and more.

How many beginner, intermediate, and expert trails are there?

At 2,860 ft. of elevation, Massanutten is home to wide-groomed trails, a dedicated learner’s area, terrain parks and night skiing. Skiers and riders who visit Massanutten will have access to 3 Beginners trails, 6 Intermediate trails, 3 Expert trails, and 2 Terrain Parks.

What activities are available beyond the slopes?

If you’re looking to fill your days with adventure here at the Resort, be sure to visit the 42,000-square-foot Indoor WaterPark, 1920s-themed escape room, zip line, and snow tubing park. Or, try something new at one of our many Arts & Crafts classes. For those seeking a relaxing escape, the resort spa delivers a wide menu of services including manicures, pedicures, detoxifying massages, and more.

At Massanutten Resort, there is something for everyone, all within reach. For a full list of activities offered, view our seasonal Resort Planner.

Where is the best place to stay in the area? And if they are looking to buy?

Booking directly through Massanutten Resort gives you full access to all of the recreation centers and indoor pools, so be sure to visit our website for all accommodation options.

If you’re looking to buy a home in the area, contact Massanutten Realty to search properties for sale on the mountain and in the surrounding valley.

What do you offer for beginners who want to learn how to ski or snowboard?

This season, we’re bringing you a whole new way to learn the ropes and master the slopes- no matter if you’re a first-timer, second timer, or all-timer for that matter! Our new Snow Circuit at Easy Street is packed with Terrain Based Learning features to help you have a great time on the snow and our world-class instructors will get you on the mountain faster and with more confidence.

Whether you’re looking for a first-day experience or an advanced lesson that can improve technique, we have a program for you. Our Mountain Cruisers program is perfect for ages 4-12 skiing and ages 7-12 snowboarding, and includes an 8-hour slope-use ticket, equipment & helmet rental, lunch, and supervised instruction. For the youngest snowboarders, we offer Mini Riders for ages 4-6, which includes a 4-hour slope-use ticket, equipment rentals & helmet, and instruction. Both Mountain Cruisers and Mini Riders fill up weeks in advance, so reservations are required. New this season, we’re also offering a 2-hour Beginner Package (ages 7+) and 2-hour Intermediate Package (ages 7+) with early and late season rates available.

With so many different lesson options and price points, world-class instruction, delicious apres ski, and endless off-slope activities for the whole family; there’s no better place to learn how to ski or snowboard than at Massanutten.

What are the best runs and why?

The 4,100-foot-long, black-diamond-rated Paradice is a local favorite, boasting moguls on one side and outstanding views the entire way down.

Do you offer any family friendly activities?

As one of the East Coast’s premier family-friendly resorts, we are proud to offer a wide range of activities that all families can enjoy. Check out the award-winning Massanutten Indoor WaterPark, slide down our 900-foot-long snow tubing hills, race the clock in one of our three escape rooms, spin around the Ice Skating Rink, or enjoy an Evening Show. The possibilities are endless!

Are there activities available in the off season?

Being an all-season resort, Massanutten is the perfect place to visit at any time of the year. Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure buffs will enjoy Massanutten’s Mountain Bike Park, Ridge Rappelling & Rock Climbing Excursion, Canopy Tour, and hiking Massanutten’s Western Slope in the warmer months. Families will enjoy returning in the summer when the outdoor portion of the WaterPark opens up and days at the Family Adventure Park are filled with summer tubing, gem mining, zip lines, and bounce houses.

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