Snow Sports

Hours & Rates

Hours & Rates

If you’re visiting Massanutten in the wintertime, don’t miss the chance to hit some of the best slopes in the state of Virginia! At 2,922 ft. of elevation, Massanutten is home to wide groomed trails, a dedicated learner’s area, terrain parks, and night skiing. Skiers and riders who visit Massanutten will have access to 70 skiable acres, including 14 runs serviced by 7 lifts.

View our Slope-Use Specials and Seasonal Lodging Packages to save money on your next trip!

If skiing and snowboarding aren’t your cup of tea, check out the tubing park or hit the ice skating rink!

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Hours

Hours

Massanutten's winter activities are currently closed, but are typically available December through March.
The information below is from the 2020-21 season. 2021-22 season information will be available in Fall 2021.

 

Ski Slope Hours

Saturday, March 27 was the last day of the 2020-21 Ski Season. Thank you to all guests, owners, pass holders, and employees for a great season!

 

Ticket Types & Online Ordering info

Junior | Ages 6 - 12
Seniors | Ages 62 & above
Military | Active duty, Veterans, and dependents with ID. We ask to see a separate military ID per ticket purchased at that rate.
Gold Card | Massanutten timeshare owners only. We ask to see a separate, current Gold Card ID per ticket purchased at that rate.
Children 5 & younger
| Free Slope-Use Ticket with paid adult (does not apply to Snow Tubing). Children 5 & under tickets are not available for reservation online. Please plan to obtain children 5 & under tickets at the ticket window upon redemption of adult tickets. 
Ages 70 & older | $19 Slope-Use Ticket available Sunday through Friday & on Saturdays after 4 pm. ID required.

Holiday* | December 24, 2020 - January 1, 2021

Do you need to cancel or make adjustments to your online order? Please fill out this form and we will follow up with you.

All persons using the snow area must have a valid Slope-Use Ticket. All Gold Cards or other discounts must be presented at time of purchase. Each individual family member (Gold Card, Military, Senior) must present a valid ID to receive discount.

 

Sessions

8-Hour Session - Valid for up to 8 consecutive hours from time of purchase.
4-Hour Session - Valid for up to 4 consecutive hours from time of purchase.
Night Session - Valid from 4 pm - 9 pm (tickets go on sale at 3:45 pm | not available Tuesday through Thursday or after March 6).

Holiday* | December 24, 2020 – January 1, 2021

 

Current Info

Massanutten’s Snow Sports are weather-dependent and don’t follow an exact schedule each year. Please use the information on this page to help you plan, but always check our Snow Conditions page for the most current information regarding snow making, weather, conditions, closures, and operating schedules.  

 

Are you trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time?

Check out our Beginner's Snow Sports Guide for helpful tips on what to wear, how to ride the lift, how to be a safe skier/snowboarder, and more.  See you on the mountain!

Rates

Rates

Massanutten's winter activities are currently closed, but are typically available December through March.
The information below is from the 2020-21 season. 2021-22 season information will be available in Fall 2021.

 

 

Regular Season Slope-Use Ticket Rates

Regular Season - December 19, 2020 through March 7, 2021 (See below for Early & Late Season Rates)
Holiday* - December 24, 2020 - January 1, 2021

 Monday - FridaySaturday/Sunday/Holiday*Any Night
 8-Hour Session4-Hour Session8-Hour Session4-Hour Session4 pm - close
Adult$55$45$82$72$45
Jr/Sr/Military$47$37$72$62$37

Buy Now

Online reservations are available for the 2020-21 snow sports season based on our Winter Purchasing Schedule. Massanutten owners can purchase products 30 days in advance using the owner's portal. Guests staying at a Massanutten-owned property can purchase products 21 days in advance using emailed link. Remaining ticket reservations will be available to the general public 10 days in advance. Check out our guide on How to Book Your Winter Activities Online.

Interested in lessons? Click here for more information.

 

Equipment Rental Rates

Includes helmet, skis, boots and poles or helmet, snowboard & boots.

 8-Hour Session4-Hour SessionNight Session
Adult$48$42$42
Junior/Senior$42$36$36

Rent skis, a snowboard, or boots separately - $20 | Poles - $5
Helmet - $12 | Adult or child, any session. Visit www.lidsonkids.org.
We do not offer rentals for goggles or apparel items.

 

Are you trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time?

Check out our Beginner's Snow Sports Guide for helpful tips on what to wear, how to ride the lift, how to be a safe skier/snowboarder, and more.  See you on the mountain!

 

Early & Late Season Slope-Use Ticket Rates

Early SeasonOpening day through December 18, 2020 | Late Season - March 8, 2020 through Closing day

 8-Hour Session4-Hour Session
Adult Slope-Use$48$40
Jr/Sr/Military Slope-Use$42$34

All prices & hours subject to change without notice.

 

Ticket Types & Online Ordering info

Junior | Ages 6 - 12
Seniors | Ages 62 & above
Military | Active duty, Veterans, and dependents with ID. We ask to see a separate military ID per ticket purchased at that rate.
Gold Card | Massanutten timeshare owners only. We ask to see a separate, current Gold Card ID per ticket purchased at that rate.
Children 5 & younger
| Free Slope-Use Ticket with paid adult (does not apply to Snow Tubing). Children 5 & under tickets are not available for reservation online. Please plan to obtain children 5 & under tickets at the ticket window upon redemption of adult tickets. 
Ages 70 & older | $19 Slope-Use Ticket available Sunday through Friday & on Saturdays after 4 pm. ID required.

Holiday* | December 24, 2020 - January 1, 2021

Do you need to cancel or make adjustments to your online order? Please fill out this form and we will follow up with you!

All persons using the snow area must have a valid Slope-Use Ticket. All Gold Cards or other discounts must be presented at time of purchase. Each individual family member (Gold Card, Military, Senior) must present a valid ID to receive discount.

 

Sessions

8-Hour Session - Valid for up to 8 consecutive hours from time of purchase.
4-Hour Session - Valid for up to 4 consecutive hours from time of purchase.
Night Session - Valid from 4 pm - 9 pm (tickets go on sale at 3:45 pm | not available Tuesday through Thursday or after March 6).

 

Multi-Day Passes

Ski/Board any two or more consecutive days and save! Multi-Day Slope-Use Tickets and Rental rates are the same as the applicable 8-Hour Session rates, but your session becomes valid Open to Close for the days you purchase. To calculate the multi-day package cost, multiply the number of days you plan to ski/board by the appropriate 8-Hour Session Slope-Use and/or Rental rates.

 

Advance Tickets

Slope-Use Tickets and Equipment Rentals can be redeemed for the following day at the ticket sales window. Advance Tickets purchased for the following day start at 9 am.
Friday through Monday | Available from 6:30 pm through 8:30 pm (not available after March 6)
Tuesday through Thursday | Available from 3 pm through 4:30 pm

 

Current Info

Massanutten’s Snow Sports are weather-dependent and don’t follow an exact schedule each year. Please use the information on this page to help you plan, but always check our Snow Conditions page for the most current information regarding snow making, weather, conditions, closures, and operating schedules.  

 

Snow Sports Partners | Click on each logo for more info.

 American Association of Snowboard InstructorsProfessional Ski Instructors of AmerciaNational Ski PatrolLids on KidsKids On LiftsLearn to Ski & SnowboardBring a FriendSmart Style

Group Rates

Group Rates

Massanutten's winter activities are currently closed, but are typically available December through March.
The information below is from the 2020-21 season. 2021-22 season information will be available in Fall 2021.

Safety Message

Safety Message

Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country or other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other slope users the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride, and unload safely. 
  • KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

This is only a partial list; be safety conscious. Failure to comply with this code may result in loss of slope-use privileges. No sledding is allowed in the ski area at any time.

Back Packs on Lifts
Lift riders should remove backpacks to allow their back to touch the back of chair, and ensure all straps are tucked in and not dangling loose. It is the guest's responsibility to check for loose equipment before exiting the chairlift.

Children in back packs or carriers are not allowed on the lifts or slopes.

Alternative Sliding Devices – All skis and snowboards must have metal edges. Snow bikes, snow decks, or other sliding devices are not permitted.

Uphill Travel – Uphill travel using skins or other skis designed to travel uphill on snow is permitted on open terrain during operating hours. All trail users must have a valid slope use ticket or pass. Uphill traffic should stay to the side of the trail while climbing.

External Speakers – External speakers are not permitted while skiing or riding the lifts. The use of headphones is also discouraged.

Weapons: No weapons of any kind are authorized in common areas or public facilities on Resort Property. Guests with concealed firearms permits are to place firearm in their locked vehicle.

 
Ski Patrol

The Massanutten Patrol serves the guests of Massanutten Snow Sports area including skiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers. They provide emergency services, snow sports safety education, and slope monitoring. Please call Ski Patrol at 540.289.4925 if you need assistance or to report an injury.

Massanutten Patrol is a diverse group of individuals who share a passion for snow sports, helping people, and advancing the sport. Safety Begins With You!

 

Snow Sports Partners | Click on each logo for more info.

 American Association of Snowboard InstructorsProfessional Ski Instructors of AmerciaNational Ski PatrolLids on KidsKids On LiftsLearn to Ski & SnowboardBring a FriendSmart Style

 
Drone Policy

Massanutten Resort prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by anyone - including recreational users and hobbyists - without the prior written authorization from the Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for photographing, filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Massanutten Resort boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Click here to read our full drone policy.

Snowmaking 101

Snowmaking 101

When nature doesn't cooperate by providing natural snow, our snowmakers take over, but it takes a lot more than just cool temperatures to fire up the snowguns.

What does it take to make snow?

Snowmaking is a complicated equation. It involves water supply, energy, technical machinery, optimal conditions, and a whole lot of manpower.

Water
Snowmaking requires water.. and a lot of it! For instance, if you wanted to cover an acre with 1-foot of snow, one would need 175,000 gallons of water! With our improved snowmaking system, we are able to convert over 4,700 gallons-per-minute (or 282,000 gallons-per-hour) of water into snow, providing our riders with the best conditions possible!

Cold Temperatures
The second element snowmakers need to make snow is cool temperatures. While water can turn into snow crystals at 32°F (0°C), ideal snowmaking conditions call for temperatures 28°F or lower. The colder and drier the conditions, the more effective snowmaking becomes. Here at Massanutten, dawn is typically the coldest part of the day, but we may not start making snow unless we will have more than 1-hour of optimal conditions.

Low Humidity / Wet Bulb Temperatures
The wet bulb temperature is the lowest temperature that can be obtained by evaporating water into the air at a constant pressure, and is the most critical factor for snowmaking. That’s because the threshold temperature for snowmaking increases as humidity decreases. But, that also means that as humidity increases, temperatures need to be lower for snowmaking. The magic number for snow making is a 27° wet bulb temperature.

A Complex Snowmaking System
Our snowmaking system consists of air lines, water lines, electrical lines, water hydrants, and snow guns. Essentially, air and water is pumped from holding ponds up the mountain and mixed at the snow gun to produce snow. A nozzle then produces tiny water droplets which freeze as they fall through the air to produce machine-made snow (NOTE: There is nothing “artificial” about machine-made snow). Snow made in this manner is not a flake but a 3-dimensional snow “crystal” that has a much greater density than natural snow, making it perfect for building base depth!

Snowmakers & Groomers
Last, but certainly not least, it takes a dedicated team of snowmakers and groomers to produce the best conditions all season long. Our snowmaking crew is constantly hard at work, whether they are prepping for the next cold spell or hiking the trails in the middle of the night, adjusting the guns. Then, our grooming staff comes in to get the slopes looking and feeling like there is a nice, fresh coat of snow for you to ride the next day.

PLEASE NOTE: Even though we make snow whenever possible, once a “base” is put down and packed, it is not necessary to make snow every day to remain open. It takes longer than one might think for snow to melt away, even at well above freezing temperatures. That being said, you don’t need to find snow in your backyard to go skiing or snowboarding. We normally begin making snow in early to mid-December and remain open until early March, or as long as Mother Nature allows!

For more information about snowmaking check out the video below!

Want to see if we've started making snow yet? Check out the webcams and our snow conditions page.

Videos

Videos

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