There's no better place for you to learn the ropes of the slopes. Winterplace Ski Resort has a comfortable teaching environment with eager instructors ready to help make your introduction to skiing or snowboarding fun. Boasting 27 trails, 9 lifts, 2 terrain parks, and the state's largest snowtubing park, Winterplace has something for everyone.
If you would like to spend a day or a weekend, you can stay at the resort’s on-site lodging, which includes cabins. The resort also has agreements with other fine lodging partners in the area. There are plenty of dining options as well, including Mountain Mama's Food Court, The Mountain House, Mickey's Mountain Cafe, and The Snowdrift Lounge, where you can try your hand at karaoke on Saturday evenings, and maybe even win prizes.
What Makes It Great
Winterplace is inviting and family-friendly. It’s ideal for beginners wanting to learn the fundamentals without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed. In fact, it was voted “The Best Place to Learn How To Ski and Snowboard in the Southeast” by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.
It’s also very affordable. You can join their 5-week program, which includes an all-area lift ticket, equipment, and a 90-minute lesson for 1 weekday evening per week, for only $109. The goal is to give you everything you need to get started. So, no more excuses; it’s time to hit the slopes.
Winterplace has one of the most elaborate snowmaking systems around, so even when Mother Nature is not dependable, the slopes here will still be ready and waiting for you. And, they have the longest skiing day in the southeast—slopes are open 9am–10pm weekdays and 8am–10pm weekends.
Who is Going to Love It
Winterplace is committed to developing lifetime skiers. No matter your age, this is the ideal place to hone your skills. Though some trails may not meet the level of more seasoned skiers and snowboarders, mountain veterans will still enjoy the clean lines and smooth runs.
There is also a focus on family fun. With terrain that is not too technical, you can ease your way in. A day of skiing or snowboarding is very affordable, especially during the week, when you can sometimes get specials for up to 50% off. Buying online also saves money and time. Rentals are available.
If you have people in your group who may not be interested in skiing or snowboarding, then perhaps the largest snow tubing park in the state will pique some interest. There are 20 lanes of tubing at an affordable rate.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The resort is easily accessible, located immediately off of I-77 in Ghent, and within a few hours’ drive of many metropolitan areas. There is plenty of free parking.