Bryce Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
01/11/2012 12:39 pm ET
The Huffington Post
Bryce Resort in Virginia is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Bryce Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
Nestled in the heart of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley lies Bryce Resort, a member-owned resort open to the public. Also known as Bryce Basye, this popular vacation destination offers everything from skiing and snowboarding to the nation's first mountain tubing run. Bryce Resort is an easy two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., a three-hour drive from Baltimore or Richmond and only 11 miles west of Interstate 81.
Located on the eastern side of Great North Mountain, Bryce Resort has a summit elevation of 1,750 feet, a base elevation of 1,250 feet and a 500-foot vertical drop. The resort's southern location and low base elevation limits the average natural snowfall to only 30 inches, making Bryce's 100 percent snowmaking capability a real plus. Lights cover 90 percent of the terrain to allow plenty of night skiing.
Trails And Lifts
Bryce Resort has more than 25 acres of skiable terrain. There are eight trails equally divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced runs, with the longest run roughly 3,500 feet in length. There are seven lifts (two doubles and five carpet). Bryce Resort also offers an 800-foot long tubing lane for snow tubing. Beginner skiers will enjoy runs specifically designed for them, such as Redeye, which widens toward the bottom, allowing for an easier trek.
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Bryce Resort offers a variety of programs for skiers of all ages. There is the PSIA Member School, a SKIwee Program and a NASTAR and USSA racing program. The Horst Locher Ski School located within the resort gets kudos for its patience and success at teaching first-time skiers. Another unique feature at Bryce Resort is the Shenandoah County Library (complete with public Internet access), and a private airport located on the premises.
The range in costs and packages at this member-owned resort is extensive. Fees for nonmembers vary, depending on age, day of the week and time of visit. Eight-hour Flex Tickets are available for $30 to $50, and four-hour Flex Tickets for $20 to $35. Carpet lift/slope use is usually between $5 and $20. First-time ski and snowboard packages are also available.
Bryce Resort offers several choices for apres-ski needs. Dinner at The Restaurant @ Bryce provides a relaxed and charming atmosphere. The Copper Kettle Bar & Lounge promotes Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournaments every Wednesday and Saturday, or dancing to a live band or DJ. There's also the Fireside Grill, the perfect place to sit around a large fireplace and enjoy hot cocoa after a day on the slopes.
WATCH: Bryce Resort
The nation's first mountain tubing run is fun and fast at Virginia's Bryce Resort.