Winter is on our heels which means its time to start planning your next Ski Vacation. Featuring winter ski resort destinations, is a popular theme on Rent It Today’s blog, as a result of all the related winter rental resources found at RentItToday.com. Today’s Travel Destination article takes us to the Shenandoah Valley, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Virginia. There are two great ski resorts in Central Virginia, Massanutten Ski Resort and Wintergreen Ski Resort.
Stan Horst, owner of Cabin Creekwood, is an expert when it comes to planning a Virginia ski vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains…
It always amazes me when I talk to folks who think they have to go to West Virginia, or even further north, to find great skiing. There are quite a number of ski resorts in the Southeastern United States, including a great option right here in Central Virginia.
Wintergreen Resort, voted “Best Ski Resort” two years running by the Washington Post, boasts 24 trails and 8 lifts with a total vertical drop of 1,003 feet. The longest run is 1.4 miles long. Trails from beginner to expert ensure you’ll have slopes to fit your experience level, and their lift capacity of 9,200 per hour helps to cut down wait time so you can ski more. Wintergreen has a number of lighted trails for those who enjoy night skiing. New to skiing? Their “Guaranteed Learn To Ski & Ride” program for ages 6 and older promises that by the end of your first lesson, you’ll be turning, stopping, and riding a lift like a pro. If not, you’re welcome to repeat the lesson at no charge. Lessons are also available for all ages and skill levels, so if you’d like to improve your skiing or snowboarding skills, this is the place.
Other winter activities include a terrain park with rails, tabletops, spines, and hips for those wishing to learn or hone their freestyle skills. The Plunge Tubing Park is Virginia’s largest tubing park, where riders zoom down a ten-story hill at speeds reaching 30mph, then relax while the conveyor transports rider and tube back to the top for another run. Ridgely’s Fun Park is the perfect place for children to play in the snow, including a more gentle tubing slope.
After a day in the snow, rejuvenate your body and spirit at the Wintergreen Spa. Services include massages, body wraps, skin care treatments, and nail care. The Aquatics and Fitness Center provides cardiovascular and strength workout opportunities, plus additional ways to relax with heated pools, hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas.
When you’re hungry and looking for a place to eat, you can choose from the casual Copper Mine Bistro, the Devils Grill, the Edge Restaurant, or take a short drive to the Stoney Creek Bar & Grill. With all these options, you’re sure to find something you like.
There are plenty of lodging opportunities within the resort, but for those folks wanting a quieter getaway away from the crowds, Cabin Creekwood, located just 3 miles from Wintergreen’s entrance, provides fully furnished VA mountain cabins. These cabin rentals in Virginia provide all the comforts of home while helping you to escape from the routines of life, and enjoy the great outdoors without roughing it. Choose from a pre-Civil War log cabin all the way to a modern mountain home. With sizes from one to three bedrooms, Cabin Creekwood can accommodate groups of varying numbers, at prices significantly less than you’ll find in the resort.
The best way to enjoy winter sports for less is to visit midweek and to stay at Cabin Creekwood. Prices are lower for both your lodging and your lift tickets, and the crowds will be much smaller, making your time on the slopes more fun and productive.