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.

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Massanutten's Ski Slopes are closed for the 17-18 season. 


Early Season | Opening - December 14, 2018 | Hours may vary
Regular Season | December 15, 2018 - March 3, 2019 | Daily 9 am - 9 pm
Late Season | March 4, 2019 - Closing | Hours may vary

December 24 | 9 am - 5 pm
December 25 | 12 pm - 8 pm


8-Hour Session - Up to 8 consecutive hours from time of purchase.
4-Hour Session - Up to 4 consecutive hours from time of purchase.
Night Session - 4 pm - 9 pm (tickets go on sale at 3:45 pm daily).
Extended Session - 9 am - 9 pm.
Holiday* | December 25, 2018 – January 1, 2019


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!



Massanutten's Ski Slopes are closed for the 17-18 season. 

Regular Season Slope-Use Ticket Rates

Regular Season - December 15, 2018 - March 3, 2019
Holiday* - December 25, 2018 - January 1, 2019

 Monday - FridaySaturday/Sunday/Holiday*Any Night
 8-Hour Session4-Hour Session8-Hour Session4-Hour Session4pm - close

Slope-Use Ticket Session Upgrade - $14


Extended Day Slope-Use Ticket Rates

 Monday- Friday | Extended SessionsSaturday/Sunday/Holiday* | Extended Session


Equipment Rental Rates

Includes skis, boots and poles or snowboard & boots.

 8-Hour Session4-Hour SessionNight SessionExtended Session

Equipment Rentals Session Upgrade - $10
Rent skis, a snowboard, or boots separately - $18 | Poles - $5
Helmet - $12 | Adult or child, any session. Visit
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 Rates

Early SeasonOpening day through December 14, 2018 | Late Season - March 4, 2019 through Closing Day

 8-Hour Session4-Hour Session
Adult Slope-Use$46$36
Jr/Sr/Military Slope-Use$40$30
Adult Rental$30$24
Jr/Sr Rental$26$20

Slope-Use Ticket Session Upgrade - $14 | Equipment Rentals Session Upgrade - $10
All prices & hours subject to change without notice.

Junior | Ages 12 & younger
Seniors | Ages 62 - 69
Military | Active duty, Veterans, and dependents with ID
Seniors | 70 and older receive a free Slope-Use Ticket
Children 5 & younger | Free Slope-Use Ticket with paid adult (does not apply to Snow Tubing)
Holiday* | December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

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.


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 purchased for the following day between 7 pm and 8:30 pm at the ticket sales window. Advance Tickets purchased for the following day start at 9 am.

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

Season Passes

Season Passes

Season Passes

Massanutten's 2018-19 Ski Season Passes are on sale now! Save 10% off the Adult & Student Full Season Pass if purchased by November 30. No discount available on Special Value Pass.

Adult Full Season Pass | $405 if purchased by November 30 | $450 as of December 1.
Unlimited skiing/snowboarding. Valid every day that the slopes are open, no restrictions. 

Student Full Season Pass | $338 if purchased by November 30 | $375 as of December 1.
Unlimited skiing/snowboarding for those of school going age (Ages 6-18 and up with ID). Valid every day that the slopes are open, no restrictions. 

Special Value Pass | $235
Valid Sunday - Friday any time (excluding Christmas Holiday December 25, 2018 - January 1, 2019) and after 4 pm every day of the season. Also valid any time opening day through December 24, 2018, and March 1, 2019 through end of season. Please see Special Value Pass Calendar to see available/restricted days.

Buy Here

Passes can also be purchased by phone or in person at the Ski Office. | 540.289.4954

NEW! Season Pass Bonus Benefits

  • 10% off lodging at Massanutten Resort (subject to availability)
  • 10% off dining at Massanutten Resort (excludes alcohol)


Massanutten Ski Season passes are valid for the 2018-19 season (typically December - March). Gold Card and Military discounts available on Adult & Student passes (ID required at time of redemption). The Special Value Pass has no early, Gold Card, or Military discount available. Season passes do not include rental equipment. Minors under age 18 will need to have their Season Pass Agreement signed by a parent or guardian.

Ski Season Kickoff Party

October 20 & 21, 2018
Winter isn’t here just yet, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t dreaming of snow covered slopes already. Join us for the first-ever 2018/19 Ski Season Kickoff Party on October 20-21, 2018 for special discounts on gear from Freestyle Ski & Board Shop, General Store sidewalk sale, scenic chairlift rides, exclusive season pass bonuses, and a job fair with part-time and full-time positions available.

Seasonal Lockers

Tired of lugging your gear back and forth? Seasonal lockers are available for rent. Contact the ski office at 540.289.4954 or for details.

Group Rates

Group Rates

Do you have a group of 20 or more interested in skiing or snowboarding? Massanutten offers discounted rates on Slope-Use Tickets, Equipment Rentals, and Lessons for pre-registered groups. You will also receive one complimentary Slope-Use Ticket for every 20 Slope-Use Tickets purchased!

Group Rates (per person)Monday - FridaySat/Sun/HolidayNight
 8 Hour Session8 Hour Session4 pm - Close
Slope-Use Ticket$30$60$25
Equipment Rentals$20$25$15
Group Lessons$20$20$20

Reservations | 20 people or more are required to qualify for a group rate. Times are limited and may fill quickly, therefore, reservations are required. Please email us to inquire about group availability. If you are ready to make a reservation or just have a question, please email our group coordinator to schedule your group!

All prices and hours are subject to change without notice. Minimum age for group lessons is 7 years.

Holiday* | December 25, 2018 – January 1, 2019

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. 

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.

Massanutten does not permit riding lifts, skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing with child carriers of any kind.

All ski and snowboard equipment must have metal edges.


January Helmet Special

Buy a helmet from the General Store during the month of January and receive a free mid-week lift ticket! Offer expires January 31, 2018.

Why should you wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding?
Helmets can make a difference in reducing or preventing injury from falls or other impacts.

“You wouldn’t play football without wearing a helmet – same rule applies for skiing. Plus helmets are way warmer than hats.” -  Lindsey Vonn

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.

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.

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 “puff” 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.



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