Take a Ski or Snowboard Outing Near Metro DC
Winter is here. Many of us think about a day ski trip. We have listed the best places to Ski and Snowboard near Metro DC. The good news is: we have several options with a reasonable driving distance from the nation’s capital. From Pennsylvania to West Virginia, find our list:
- Wisp Resort (296 Marsh Hill Rd., McHenry, Md. 301-859-3159.): Located in west Maryland is the perfect option for the lousy ones. Offers novice skiers wide-open trails as well as an abundance of soft natural snow, which makes it easier to control speed and turns. Moreover, there is a large hotel and parking lot right next to the slopes making the visit very convenient.
- Whitetail Resort (13805 Blairs Valley Rd., Mercersburg, Pa. 717-328-9400.): This Pennsylvania resort is the best option for a day trip being the closest place to Ski and Snowboard near metro DC. In about 90 minutes driving from the capital you can be immersed in a snow sports day. In addition, Whitetail features trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.
- Snowshoe Mountain Resort: (Snowshoe Dr., Snowshoe, WV. 877-441-4386): Snowshoe is the largest resort in the Mid-Atlantic. With 56 trails and a vertical drop of 1,500 feet the resort has an array of high-speed lifts, terrain parks, and an average annual snowfall of 180 inches. A world unto itself off the slopes including mountaintop village shops, restaurants and bars. Snowshoe offers a spa, hotel and condos with a walking distance of the slopes. Distance from DC: 4 and 1/2 hours.
- Montage Mountain Resort: (777 Waterwheel Dr., Seven Springs, Pa) The ideal option for the ones who wants to avoid crowds. In addition, Montage is a wonderful ski area hidden in plain sight and relatively unknown to Washingtonians. The lodge and entrance are mid-mountain, with beginner and intermediate slopes on the top half and expert runs on the bottom of the mountain—a total of 24 broad, straight slopes along with two terrain parks serviced by seven lifts. Distance from DC: 3 and 1/2 hours.
- Elk Mountain: ( 344 Elk Mountain Rd., Union Dale, Pa.; 570-679-4400) A very good choice for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. There is no spa, tubing hill and not even on-site lodging, although there are options nearby. This 1,000 vertical feet of mostly intermediate and expert terrain on 27 slopes, including 11 advanced trails.
- Seven Springs Mountain Resort: (777 Waterwheel Dr., Seven Springs, Pa.; 800-452-2223.) Used to be the domain of snowboarders, but now is enjoyed by skiers also. The parks were rated number one on the East Coast by a 2015 readers’ poll in Ski magazine. The southwestern Pennsylvania mountain has a smaller halfpipe, an Olympic-size halfpipe, and seven terrain parks.
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