2013 ski season preview [Pictures]
Ready to hit the slopes? Here's everything you need to know about the most popular ski resorts near Baltimore.
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Massanutten Resort( Handout / Massanutten Resort / February 12, 2013 )
1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville, Va.; 540-289-9441, massresort.com
Distance from Baltimore: 180 miles
Vertical drop: 1,110 feet
Number of trails: 14
Activities: If the weather permits, be sure to check out the Zip Line and Canopy tour. The longest zip line spans 450 feet across the forest.
What's new for 2013: A new rock climbing wall has been added to the Adventure Park.
Dining/drinking options: Expansive dining options are available around the resort, water park and mountain. Woodstone Deli & Pizzeria, Sweetz Candy & Coffee Shop, Blue Ridge Buffet & Restaurant -- among others -- ensure you're well fed during your excursion.
Rates: Weekday $28-58; weekend $36-$76
Classes: January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month at Massanutten. For $59, you'll receive two one-hour sessions with an instructor as well as an additional two hours on the slopes -- lift ticket and rentals included.
Lodging options: Massanutten is a private time share resort, with one to four-bedroom condos. The hotel may be a more accessible option, at $150 per night per room (there's often midweek/weekend specials). McGaheysville offers a few more options, but nearby Harrisonburg has the typical array of mid-range chains.
Special events: Every Monday night from Jan. 6 to March 3 will be "Monday Night Madness," an event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with proceeds going to a local charity each week. Lift tickets will be reduced to $18, with another $18 for rentals, and includes a beginner class beforehand. Massanutten will also put on a New Year's Eve event, complete with karaoke and a live band.
Best deal of the season: Wednesdays and Fridays will be College Days throughout the season, offering discounted eight-hour sessions for $30, as well as the option to rent for another $20.