Create your own adventures at Massanutten Resort with a frosty challenge on the ski slopes and a relaxing plunge into their tropical indoor waterpark. Less than two hours from Washington in Virginia’s gorgeous Shenandoah Valley, the four-season resort is situated at 2,922 feet of elevation near Harrisonburg, Va.
Massanutten is a family-friendly resort featuring 70 skiable acres with 14 runs. Touted by winter sports reviewers as one of the best snow tubing parks in the Mid-Atlantic region, Massanutten also prides itself on maintaining mountain bike trails, year-round zip line experiences, a sumptuous spa, well-appointed lodgings, shopping and a variety of dining options. Golfing comes into play in warmer months.
Families often take beginners to learn to ski at Massanutten using the special instruction program called Snow Circuit at Easy Street, which incorporates terrain-based learning techniques led by highly trained instructors. With advancements in snowmaking equipment, Massanutten maintains consistent, powdery bases throughout the ski season, so it’s not a given that your trip requires Mother Nature to lay down a blanket of white. It is important, however, to check the conditions of slopes. To help visitors plan, the resort maintains an updated online report. The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors certify the skills of Massanutten’s ski teachers, and one of Massanutten instructors is the regional director of PSIA.
Marissa Andrick in Massanutten’s marketing department described the advantages of terrain-based ski instruction.
“By using specifically shaped snow features to naturally control speed and body position, terrain-based learning removes traditional fears and anxieties associated with first-time sliding on snow and lets new skiers focus on having fun. To prepare our ski area for this winter’s season, we re-graded our entire lessons area and opened The Snow Circuit at Easy Street,” she said. Two terrain parks are molded and groomed daily by park staff and ski slope access is a breeze with seven lifts.
Snow tubing is very popular at Massanutten and the resort offers it day and night. Tubers must be at least 36 inches tall to tube down the 900-foot hill at the resort’s Family Adventure Park and passes to enter the tube slope are issued for two-hour periods. For a small fee, visitors can also enjoy ice skating. Additionally, the resort partners with Therapeutic Adventures, which offers an individualized approach to adaptive ski instruction, according to Andrick.
To help visitors make the most of their resort experiences, packages are available for lodging, indoor waterpark fun and skiing. Massanutten promotes six different winter packages with varying rates depending upon what type of lodging and activity you choose. The lowest rate is for a mid-week hotel stay, ski discount and dining, and starts at $163. Massanutten also discounts ski rates for students and veterans. For the over-21 crowd, the resort hosts weekend entertainment with live bands throughout January and the winter months. Lift tickets get you in free to the après-ski events.
If you’re still yearning for more fun, Massanutten also offers yoga classes, weight training and spa services such as massage. Themed escape room experiences are a hit with visitors and a virtual reality room allows visitors to drive a race car or choose from more than 20 virtual reality games to battle robots, zombies and other opponents. Choose, too, from arcade games, billiards and other diversions out-of-doors.
Nestled in the folds of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Massanutten Resort makes winter fun affordable on less than a tank of gas from Washington. Take the downhill plunge and experience the joy of achievement when you and friends and family conquer the slopes. You’ll return hooked on a sport that can offer a lifetime of fun.