Explore Massanutten Resort – Massanutten, VA

Average inches of snowfall? 37 inches

Number of slopes? 14

Skiable acres? 70

Pass prices?

  • Adult Full Season Pass: $546 before December 11 ($586 from December 11 – February 28)
    • Unlimited skiing/snowboarding. Valid every day that the slopes are open, no restrictions.
  • Student Full Season Pass: $469 before December 11 ($511 from December 11 –February 28)
    • Unlimited skiing/snowboarding for ages 6-18 (also available for ages 18+ with valid College ID). Valid every day that the slopes are open, no restrictions.
  • Special Value Pass: $369 before December 11 ($399 from December 11 – February 28)
    • Massanutten’s most popular season pass is valid throughout the season, but is restricted until after 4 p.m. on our busiest days (December 25 – January 1 & Saturdays in January and February). 
  • Family Full Season Pass: $1,900 before December 11 ($2,050 from December 11 – February 28)
  • Family Special Value Pass: $1,350 before December 11 ($1,450 from December 11 – February 28)

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?

With COVID-19 cases dropping, we are not currently planning to require masks in the ski line or lodge but will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and our state government. For more information on this upcoming season, please visit massresort.com/winter to view our 2021-22 Winter Planning Guide.

What’s new at the resort this year?

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.

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 passcards 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 in 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.

50th Celebration Events & Promotions

  • $50 off 50th Ski Package (booking details coming soon!)
  • Bigger and better Snow Moon Festival Weekend (March 4-6, 2022)
  • Epic Anniversary Giveaway
  • Special Base Camp Menu Items
  • Exclusive merch at The General Store
  • Throwback 70’s Day
  • Live at the Lodge Events
  • Alumni/Homecoming Events
  • Plus so much more!

Check out all the details on the 50th anniversary at massresort.com/50years.

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.

Skiers can warm up slope-side by the fire at Base Camp and enjoy a bite to eat or go inside the umbrella bar for a specialty drink. If you’d rather sit back and warm up inside, guests can check out Encounters Lounge in the ski lodge which offers a fully stocked bar, light fare, table service, specialty drinks, and daily live entertainment.

A short drive from the lodge is where you’ll find Campfire Grill. With live music and great food, the campout never ends. This casual dining venue pays homage to the outdoors and the spirit of adventure, making it a must-visit destination for hungry campers of all ages after a long day out on the slopes.

Beyond the usual dining fare, guests can enjoy 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 also escape to our serene, sophisticated day spa. For the ultimate relaxing experience, combine aromatherapy with a massage.

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 will be offered as private and semi-private (from the same traveling party) due to COVID. 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.

If this changes, we will update our offerings at Ski & Snowboard Group & Private Lessons in Virginia (massresort.com).

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.

Places to Go, Things to See: