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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Wintergreen Resort( Ben Blankenburg / Wintergreen / December 3, 2013 )
39 Mountain Inn Loop, Roseland, Va.; 855-699-1858, wintergreenresort.com
Distance from Baltimore: 219 miles
Vertical drop: 1,003 feet
Number of trails: 25; 14 are lighted for night skiing
Activities: Wintergreen has many things to do to keep you busy when off the slopes. It has the Plunge, a snow tubing park where you can hit speeds of 30 mph, so prepare for some real thrills and spills. If you want to get out of the snow, Wintergreen also offers visitors an opportunity to get in some tee time at Stoney Creek Golf Course and play some tennis on indoor courts.
What's new for 2013: Wintergreen has worked to improve its snow-making system. One of these advancements is automation technology, which keeps track of the weather conditions and changes the snow gun's output to create the best quality snow to match the slope conditions.
Dining/drinking options: Open only during ski season, the Checkerberry Cabin has all those delicious winter favorites, like hot chocolates and cinnamon buns, to warm you right up. Another favorite is Pryors Cafeteria, which boasts the best fries in the resort. If you want a bigger meal, check out the Edge, where they serve everything from pastas to burgers, with some healthier options in between.
Rates: Weekdays $30-$62; weekends $30-$84; holidays from $30-$84; weekend seasonal passes $134-$173
Classes: Wintergreen's Discovering Skiing and Snowboarding class works on the philosophy that it takes at least three times to truly feel comfortable on the snow (we have to agree). Once you complete the first lesson, you will receive a ticket that will let you return for the next lessons at a discounted price.
Lodging options: Wintergreen has several lodging options on site, ranging from studios to lodges, condos and houses. If you're looking for somewhere off the resort check out the Residence Inn Waynesboro, which is about 35 minutes away.
Special events: Wintergreen hosts a winter terrain park series consisting of three rail jams and two slopestyles (competition days are Jan. 18, Feb. 1and 16, March 1 and 8). This competition is open to everyone, and registration is $25.
Best deal of the season: Student Daze. If you have a valid ID then you can get a lift ticket for $40, with an upgrade to extended session for $10 more. Don't want to spend that whole time on the slopes? Snow tubing sessions are $10. Now getting that college degree seems worth it, doesn't it.