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Winter Escapes in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Cherri Megasko
March 15, 2013
Winter Escapes in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Bryce Resort. (Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/rockinfree.)

The Shenandoah Valley of northwestern Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in America. Nestled within the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it provides a multitude of outdoor activities, especially during the winter months. Just a short two-hour drive from the northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., metro area, it is a winter destination that can also be enjoyed as a weekend getaway.

Bryce Resort

1982 Fairway Drive, Basye, VA


Located in Basye, Virginia, Bryce Resort is a winter sports paradise. This resort is great for families and offers a KinderSki and snowboard school for children between the ages of 4 1/2 to 7. Even if you aren't up for skiing or snowboarding, snow tubing offers you the chance to experience the fun and excitement of the snow without needing any particular skill.


Snow Tubing: $20 to $24 per session

Lift Tickets: $40 to $62 (adult 8-hour flex)

Private Instruction: $69 (one hour)

Massanutten Resort

1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville, VA


In addition to skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, Massanutten Resort now has a 4,250 square-foot ice skating rink that can accommodate 132 skaters. And when you've given all you've got on the slopes, you can revitalize those tired and aching muscles with a massage at their full service spa.


Snow Tubing: $20 to $24 per session

Slope Use Tickets: $46 to $66 (adult 8 hours)

Ice Skating: $10 per session

Antiquing the Shenandoah Valley

Snow isn't all this winter destination has to offer. If you can pry yourself away from the slopes for an afternoon, this area boasts one of the best antique shopping experiences in the country. The community of Front Royal has five antique stores on East Main Street in its historic downtown. The Factory Antique Mall in Verona has 90,000 square feet of antiquing heaven. Most antique stores in this region are open Monday through Saturday, and some are also open on Sunday. It's best to call ahead to be sure.

Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive is a 105-mile scenic drive through the natural wonderland of Shenandoah National Park. It can be accessed from the northern end in Front Royal and at Rockfish Gap to the south. The park is open 24/7 during the winter months, except on occasions when snow and ice make road conditions unsafe. The speed limit along the route is 35 mph, and the entire drive takes about three hours. You can call 540-999-3500 to check on current road conditions.

Other wintertime sights and activities in the Shenandoah Valley:

Meems Bottom Bridge: A 204-foot, single-span covered bridge between New Market and Mount Jackson, Virginia.

Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield: Commemorates the site where 257 Virginia cadets fought in the 1864 Battle of New Market.

Shenandoah Caverns: Tour the caverns to see spectacular limestone formations in a constant 56-degree, year-round temperature. (Five miles north of New Market, Virginia.)