The ground may be dry here in the D.C. area, but there is snow within just a few hours’ drive. And where there’s snow, there’s skiing.
Check out the basics on these ski resorts, all within a three-hour drive of our area.
Roundtop, Whitetail and Liberty
The sister slopes of Roundtop, Whitetail and Liberty are all in south-central Pennsylvania. All three have 100 percent snow-making capabilities to compensate if Mother Nature skimps on the white stuff this winter.
925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry, PA
In addition to all levels of trails (from bunny slopes to double-black-diamond drops), non-skiers can go snow tubing, play paintball or climb the ropes course. The resort offers “seasonal leases” on equipment. For more information, including lift ticket specials, hours and more, go to www.skiroundtop.com.
14175 Northern Lights Drive, Mercersburg, PA
In addition to miles of ski trails, Whitetail offers golf and fly-fishing if the weather is nice enough. Like many other resorts, snow tubing is also an option. Also see their Park and Pipe section for complete information on snowboarding events, competitions and more. For more information on all activities, hours, rates and more, go to www.skiwhitetail.com.
Liberty Mountain Resort
78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley, PA
Like Roundtop and Whitetail, Liberty has all levels of trails and offers snowtubing in addition to skiing. The longest trail is nearly a mile long, at 5,200 feet, and the park has a newly-redesigned snowboard park. If it’s nice enough out, you may look into the resort’s 18-hole golf course.
For more information on the resort, room packages, prices and more, go to www.libertymountainresort.com.
39 Mountain Inn Loop, Roseland, VA
Located southwest of Charlottesville, this Blue Ridge Mountains resort includes a black-diamond run 1.4 miles long. The resort also has special ski programs for women and college students, a winter zip line and ice skating. Complete information is available at www.wintergreenresort.com.
296 Marsh Hill Road, McHenry, MD
The resort is located in far western Maryland near the West Virginia border. Wisp also has ice skating, snow tubing, snow shoe-ing and snow mobile riding options. For complete information, visit www.wispresort.com.
254 Four Seasons Drive, Davis, WV
Named one of the “10 coolest mountain towns” by Mens Journal, Timberline is more than skiing. But, it does have the longest trail run of the ski resorts we’re highlighting—almost 2 miles long, an “easy” trail called Salamander.
For information on the resort and surrounding community, go to www.timberlineresort.com.
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, WV
Snowshoe and its sister ski area Silver Creek had natural snow on the trails earlier than any other ski resort in our roundup. The resort also includes tubing, snowmobiles tours, a zip line, shopping and a “big top” recreation area for children.
Go to www.snowshoemtn.com for more information.
1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville, VA
Massanutten Resort is a four-season resort in northwestern Virginia with much more to do than just skiing. The resort also offers snow tubing and ice skating. There are also two golf courses, a zip line, an indoor waterpark, a teddy bear factory and a spa.
More information is at www.massresort.com.
1424 Overland Pass, Claysburg, PA
Blue Knob, located east of Johnstown, PA, offers both downhill and cross-country skiing. Other outdoor options include mountain biking, hiking, snow tubing, hunting and fishing. More information is at www.blueknob.com.
Which ski area is your favorite? Share your tips for successful local skiing in the comments below.