Winter Guide: Resort Q & A:

Average Inches of Snowfall? 30

Number of Slopes? 9

Skiable Acres? 42

Backcountry Access? No

Pass Prices?
$189 individual
$599 Family Pass (4 people immediate family only)

Opening Day Date? December 15 (tentative)

Driving Distance to Nearest Major City/Cities?

  • Washington, D.C. (3.5 hours)
  • Richmond, VA (2.5 hours)
  • Charlottesville, VA (2 hours)
  • Roanoke, VA (1 hour)
  • Lexington KY (6 hours)
  • Charlotte, NC (4.5 hours)
  • Winston Salem, NC (3.5 hours)
  • Atlanta, GA (8 hours)
  • Chattanooga, TN (5 hours)


Q: What’s new?

Winter is a season of fun at The Omni Homestead. This year, the resort is adding mini snowmobiles to its popular cold weather amenities of skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Located adjacent to the Mountain Lodge, the mini snowmobiles will provide thrills for children ages 6 to 12. Also, guests will now be able to enjoy ice skating as the rink is relocated next to the Mountain Lodge.

Complementing the winter activities is Kober’s, the new dining outlet at the Mountain Lodge named for Sepp Kober, the father of Southern skiing. Kober’s will feature brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, chili and more for lunch and dinner throughout the season. In addition to Kober’s, the resort offers a variety of dining options from casual to formal. The elegant Dining Room, which serves breakfast and dinner, is a traditional resort dining experience and ideal for celebrating special occasions. Jefferson’s Restaurant and Bar are guest favorites for lunch and dinner. For dinner, Jefferson’s Restaurant features prime steaks and seafood while Jefferson’s Bar is a great place to grab a sandwich or snack and watch a game on the large screen TVs. Pizza and pasta aficionados enjoy the Casino restaurant with its wood-fired oven and menu of Italian specialties.

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

For the ultimate aprés ski experience, guests can pamper themselves in the resort’s expansive and luxurious Spa. A full menu of services including facials, massages, body treatments, manicures and pedicures is available for ages 5 and older. The adults-only Serenity Garden, which features the resort’s natural hot springs, and the Aqua Thermal Suite are complimentary with all 50-minute or longer spa services.

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

The resort’s Ridge Runner Zip Tour and Red Tail Racer dual zip line offer guests another way to experience the mountain views of the area. The Ridge Runner’s eight zip lines span more than 4,000 feet while the Red Tail Racer stretches 1,300 feet from mid-station to the Lodge.

Known for its year-round, outdoor adventures, The Omni Homestead also has a host of other activities such as the Cascades Gorge Hike, horseback riding, archery, carriage rides, falconry and hayrides. The resort’s outdoor and historic indoor pools are the perfect places to relax after a day on the slopes. Other activities include the fascinating daily history tour, nightly movies, Southern Social hour and shopping, along with the family-friendly game area, DownTime.

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

Since its inception in 1959, The Omni Homestead ski area has been known as an ideal place for novice skiers. The Sepp Kober Ski School offers daily group and private ski and snowboard lessons for ages 4 and older while the Little Penguins program is a half or full day experience for ages 5 to 11. The Family Learn to Ski package is a value for families with lift tickets, rentals and group lessons for a family of four.