Once the holiday season is over, I’m ready for spring to hurry up and get here. However, since there’s no rushing through the cold months of January and February a great way to make winter fun is to visit one of the many ski resorts that are a just a short drive from Northern Virginia. Many are close enough that you can easily wake up early, go skiing, snowboarding, or tubing and drive home all in one day! Below is a list of some of the more popular resorts that are under a five hour drive from Northern Virginia.
Whitetail Resort – Mercersburg, PA – 85 miles from DC, about a 2 hour drive. Because of its close proximity, Whitetail Resort is a very popular ski resort. It offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. There is a terrain park for freestyle skills, and a variety of trails including many that are black diamond level.
Massanutten Resort - McGaheysville, VA – 145 miles from DC, about a 2 and a half hour drive.
Massanutten is the closest ski resort in Virginia and can easily be done as a day trip. The resort has skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. The slopes offer a variety of ski trails that range from easy to black diamond. There is also an outdoor ice skating rink that is open mid-November through mid-March. If you want a break from winter sports, the indoor portion of the water park is open year round!
Wintergreen Resort – Roseland, VA – 156 miles from DC, about a 3 hour drive
Wintergreen is also close enough to Northern Virginia to visit in a day. Wintergreen offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and ice skating. The ski trails range from easy to difficult, and include one double black diamond trail for the truly expert skiers. There is also terrain park where you can practice your freestyle skills!
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, Snowshoe, West Virginia – 221 miles from DC, about a 4 and a half hour drive.
If you want to get out of Virginia, Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia offers a variety of activities for all ages. There is of course skiing, snowboarding and tubing, as well as an indoor playground with inflatable options to climb and bounce on, a climbing wall, and much more. The resort also offers snow mobile and off road adventure tours. There are all level of ski trails, including many black diamond trails and one double black diamond.
These are just a few of many ski resorts that are a short drive away. Enjoy the snow!