Virginia is giving families even more to love about winter getaways with new offerings at the state’s four mountain resorts. Bryce Resort, the Homestead Resort, Massanutten Resort and Wintergreen Resort are tucked away in beautiful mountaintop landscapes of Virginia.
Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating and even snowmobiling abound in Virginia’s winter playgrounds. This year each of Virginia’s mountain resorts has new programs, activities and packages to help families connect on a great winter getaway.
Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Bryce Resort is a 400-acre resort that is consistently voted the most family-friendly resort in the Mid-Atlantic by OnTheSnow.com.
Skiers can hone their skills at the nationally-known Horst Locher Ski School or enroll their children in the SKIwee or Mini Rider programs. These programs cater to children ages four to eight years of age. This winter it’s getting even easier for families – especially those with young children – with Bryce’s new kids’ area.
New Kids’ Area Opening Winter 2010 – This new section at Bryce includes brightly colored animals and a new carpet lift for little ones. This means that many more children can be accommodated in the SKIwee and Mini Rider programs where they learn the basics of skiing and snowboarding. Mini Rider is for kids age 6-8. Both are half-day sessions taught by experienced instructors.
The Homestead Resort
Experience the magic of the winter holidays at the historic Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. Surrounded by the beauty of the Allegheny Mountains, the historic, 3,000-acre resort is a winter wonderland for families and active travelers with ice-skating, skiing and distinctive southern holiday charm. Enjoy the excitement of the season this winter with new additions and packages at The Homestead.
New Winter Activities and Packages at The Homestead – The Homestead offers new outdoor winter pursuits including ice skating, guided snowmobile tours and a 45-acre ski area – first of its kind in the south – with a groomed downhill, nine trails and full snowmaking capabilities.
After the addition of a skating rink right behind the Homestead last year, this year the resort is offering a SKI and SKATE package from $219 for two people. Dates available are January 2 – March 17, 2011.
Winter sports enthusiasts who are looking to learn the basics or want to improve upon some intermediate skills can visit Massanutten Resort, a four-season resort near Harrisonburg. The resort is celebrating Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January with new specials catering to a younger crowd.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month at Massanutten Resort – January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Massanutten is participating by offering $10 off of the Pathway programs from January 3 – 13, 2011. Participants progress through two separate one-hour coaching sessions and accomplish the resorts easiest terrain. Current skiers and snowboarders who want to improve can also take advantage of this program.
Massanutten will also be running several specials beginning in January 2011, including:
College Days: On Wednesdays and Fridays from January 5 through March 4, 2011, students with a valid college ID can receive an 8-hour session slope-use ticket for $30 and rentals for $20.
Monday Night Madness: Each Monday night from 4-9 p.m., from January 3 through February 28, 2011, ski or ride at Massanutten and contribute to a local charity. Pick up a coupon at the weekly local sponsor to receive a slope-use ticket for $17, rentals for $17 and a free beginner group lesson.
School’s Out Special: Students and parents, faculty and staff who are out of school due to inclement weather can spend 8-hours skiing or snowboarding at Massanutten at reduced rates on slope-use tickets ($25) and rentals for $20.
Scout Days: Scout Troops and their family members can visit Massanutten for a fun-filled day on the slopes on Sunday, December 12, 2010 and/or Sunday, March 6, 2011. Valid for an 8-hour Session. Scout Days Package is only $45 and includes a slope-use ticket, rentals and a one-hour beginner group lesson.
Wintergreen Resort, a four-season retreat located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is a beautiful hideaway less than two hours from Richmond and three hours from Washington, D.C. This winter Wintergreen Resort is going “kid-crazy!”
New – “Shamokin Ice,” an intimate, family-style rink will be added to the outdoor delights at Wintergreen Resort this winter season. The new skating rink will be in the Mountain Village atop the Blue Ridge Mountains and will offer 90-minute skating sessions.
Wintergreen has also announced a new series of women’s ski seminars for the 2011 season.
On four consecutive Fridays (Jan. 21, 28 and Feb. 4 and 11) from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wintergreen will offer “Ski & Ride Clinics” taught by the resort’s female instructors and geared for women who are seeking to improve skiing and riding skills. Individual sessions are $99, or a package rate of $350 for all four with lunch included. Equipment rental and lift ticket are not included.
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