Virginia might not be the first state that jumps to mind for committed and curious skiers or snowboarders. But come winter, there are worthy options to explore in the Old Dominion at four resorts within easy striking distance of Richmond and Charlottesville. Nestled in the rolling Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, the four-season resorts of Wintergreen, Bryce, Homestead and Massanutten make for perfect getaways. Whether it’s lessons or quick laps midweek, or full family outings on the weekend, easy access, affordable lift tickets, plentiful lodging and dining options, as well as multiple activities beyond the chairlifts, make a strong case for central Virginia’s slopes. The season usually lasts from December through mid-March, so make your plans now to take advantage of a targeted ski-season window.
Just an hour west of Charlottesville, on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Wintergreen Ski Resort offers 1,000 acres harboring 27 runs with terrain for all levels of skiers and riders. Eight lifts provide the up, including a pair of high-speed, six-pack chairlifts, while an advanced snowmaking system with more than 400 guns ensures snow coverage. Lift tickets are available in eight-hour segments, extended session (open-close), or night session (4 p.m.-close). Like air and rails? Its terrain park has more than 40 features as well as its own dedicated lift. And if you want to give your legs a break, it also has the state’s largest tubing park. A four-season resort, it also offers the chance to visit vineyards, presidential estates, historic farms, plus a frontier museum. And your dollars are helping a good cause: The resort partners with The Wintergreen Nature Foundation, supporting wildlife habitat preservation and environmental education. For food, try The Edge for world-class gumbo and visit nearby Afton, Va., for après treats at Blue Mountain Brewery, known for their home-grown hops.