Massanutten Resort – Massanutten, VA

Average inches of snowfall? 37 inches

Number of slopes? 14

Skiable acres? 70

Pass prices?

Adult Full Season Pass: $528 before December 10 ($586 on/after December 11)

Student Full Season Pass: $460 before December 10 ($511 on/after December 11)

Special Value Pass: $359 before December 10 ($398 on/after December 11)

  • Valid anytime opening day through Dec. 24
  • Restricted until 4pm Dec. 25 – Jan. 1
  • Valid anytime Sunday – Friday in January amd February | Restricted until 4pm on Saturdays in January and February
  • Valid anytime March 1 through Closing Day

Family Full Season Pass: $1,850 before December 10 ($2,050 on/after December 11)

Family Special Value Pass: $1,280 before December 10 ($1,400 on/after December 11)

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, N.C. – 4 hours
  • Pittsburgh, Pa. – 4 hours
  • Pennsylvania, Pa. – 4 hours
  • Charlotte, N.C. – 5 hours
  • Lexington, Ky. – 6.5 hours
  • Chattanooga, Tenn. – 7 hours
  • Atlanta, Ga. – 8.5 hours

What guidelines and protocols have you put in place to keep visitors and employees safe during COVID-19?

This year will look different compared to past seasons due to COVID, however, we are excited to welcome back skiers and snowboarders and provide them with a safe, authentic, one-of-a-kind mountain experience unlike any other.

While our usual snow sports will still be available this year, many areas of the resort have changed operationally to better accommodate our guest experience during this time. Capacity limits will apply around the resort, but we believe these reduced capacities will both enhance your experience and help limit the spread of the virus.

Tickets and services will be available for purchase in advance online including lift tickets, rentals, snow tubing, ice skating, dining, and the Massanutten Indoor WaterPark. We suggest all guests purchase online in advance as availability is limited.

We thank everyone for their patience as we’re gearing up for this season. It’s important to be patient, order in advance online to guarantee your tickets, and wear your mask in buildings and in any lines. Indoor space will be limited so you might want to break out the tailgate for lunch and boot up in the car.

Other resorts will have different policies so always check the website before your visit. Pre-planning will be crucial to enjoying your time outside this winter. Consider skiing and riding midweek and arriving early. For more information on this upcoming season, please visit massresort.com/winter to view our 2020-21 Winter Planning Guide.

What’s new at the resort this year?

For true NUTTs, our season passholder perks are back this season along with the Indy Pass, which includes two free days of skiing and riding at over 50 independent resorts around the country. New this year is our Family Season Passes offering unlimited skiing and snowboarding for four immediate family members ages 6-69.

We’re also excited to continue offering Northern Lights tubing with more late-night sessions on Friday and Saturday nights, which will feature music and brightly colored lights that 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 Lift Coffee Bar located inside the recently updated General Store for signature winter drinks, baked goods, fudge, and more!

Capping out the 2020-21 season, we’re thrilled to bring back Snow Moon Fest for its fourth year. The epic winter celebration is going to be held March 5-7, 2021 and will feature popular events such as the Arctic Plunge, 4K race/walk, live music, tap takeovers and samples, fireworks, torchlight parade, and more! Stay tuned for event details.

We will also offer a Last Chair Special that will be valid for the last 2 hours we are open from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 7-9 p.m. on days with night skiing for just $20. 

If you’d like to learn more about how this season looks, please visit massresort.com for more information.

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

With Massanutten Resort’s wide range of restaurants, events, and activities, you have a myriad of options for après-ski. This year’s restaurant options will look a bit different though.

To continue providing a remarkable and safe experience, we will be taking steps to keep everyone outdoors as much as possible (and truly taking advantage of offering you that fresh mountain air). We encourage you to use your car as your go-to destination. Think of it as your own private Base Camp.

Not to worry though, as additional dining options will be made available on the mountain to help with spacing including new offerings at the Mid-Mountain Grill like beer and wine service. If you haven’t stopped at Mid-Mountain Grill before, just picture yourself enjoying a brewski with epic mountain views sitting slope-side about halfway up the mountain.

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, guests can escape to our serene, sophisticated 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 a 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 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 Wednesday through Monday, and we are currently working on our usual live music schedule with a DJ every Friday and Saturday night. Just show your slope-use ticket for free admission! New this season is expanded outdoor music options at Base Camp and other locations are currently in the works as well.

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. 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, three different themed escape rooms, zip line, and snow tubing park. Or, try something new at one of our many arts and 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 this season and for the most up-to-date info including hours of operation, visit massresort.com/hours.

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?

Lessons this season will be a little different due to COVID. Lessons will begin as private and semi-private (from the same traveling party) for at least the first half of the season. We hope to reevaluate our lesson offerings in the coming weeks as we monitor the evolving dynamics. 

Unfortunately, traditional group lessons, Mountain Cruisers, Mini-Riders, or multi-week Learn to Ski (LTS) programs will not be available this year. We will offer our season-long race and freestyle programs. Lessons can be purchased by phone at 540.289.4921.

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 to check out our brand-new Outdoor WaterPark expansion featuring three brand new slides (MASS Mayhem, Peak Plunge, and Valley Vortex), an enhanced kiddie area, a gathering and observation area, and a new outdoor bar for the adults. Other activities include summer tubing, gem mining, zip lines, and bounce houses at the Massanutten Family Adventure Park.

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