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01/02/2012 06:59 pm ET Updated Jan 05, 2012

Winterplace Ski Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide

Winterplace Ski Resort in West Virginia is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Winterplace, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.

The Basics

Winterplace Ski Resort bills itself as "the most accessible, affordable ski resort in the southeast." With 28 trails, a freestyle terrain park, a tubing hill and 100 percent-coverage snowmaking capability -- not to mention a close resort with sleigh rides, a spa and an indoor pool -- Winterplace is a great destination for nearby families and skiers looking for snow without having to fly to it. The mountain is just off Interstate 77, with Charleston, West Virginia, to the north and Blacksburg, Virginia, to the south.

The Mountain

Flat Top Mountain tops out at 3,600 feet, with a 603-foot vertical drop and an annual snowfall of 100 inches. Ski season at Winterplace generally runs from early December through the end of March. Typical of the region, snow conditions can be icy. The resort's automated snowmaking system, however, ensures there is always snow on the trails.

Trails And Lifts

Twelve of Winterplace's 28 trails are for beginners, another 12 are for intermediate skiers and four are for experts. Turkey Chute offers experts a challenge, especially when snow conditions are good midwinter. Trails can be reached by two quad lifts, three triples, two doubles and two super carpet lifts. Hickory Terrain Park offers freestyle fun for snowboarders, including a new half-pipe. There is also a snow tubing hill -- always fun for kids and kids at heart -- with two super carpet lifts that make it extremely easy to reach the top. Night skiing is also a big draw, with up to 14 hours of skiing available most days.

In The News

Winterplace is great for beginners, with a specially designed training area and guaranteed lessons, meaning guests can take classes again for free if needed. The Ski Wee program, offering lessons to kids ages 4 to 11, includes lunch and snacks. Children can also attend a sleepover at the midslope MountainHouse.

Cost

A basic adult lift ticket at Winterplace costs $64 on the weekend and $48 on weekdays. Rentals start at $32 for skis and $40 for snowboards (helmets can also be rented), with higher-end models available to sample. Lessons run $75 on the weekend and $49 on weekdays. Numerous discounts are available for multiday and season passes, college students, military personnel and groups, as well as for combo lift, lesson and rental packages.

Apres-Ski

In typical West Virginia style, the Winterplace apres-ski scene is chock-full of live music. Resort visitors can grab a bite at Mountain Mama's Food Court and sing some karaoke. For those who prefer to leave the singing to the professionals, the Snowdrift Lounge boasts live bands, and the MountainHouse features acoustic folk music. Visitors can find numerous restaurants and lounges 10 minutes away at The Resort at Glade Springs. The resort also offers such amenities as a spa, an exercise room, a bowling alley, a movie theater and indoor sports courts. Overnight guests can take advantage of the Stay and Ski Free program at Glade Springs and several other local lodging options.

WATCH: Winterplace Ski Resort



A snowboarder runs a trail at Winterplace Ski Resort.

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