2021-22 Virginia: Massanutten, Bryce, Wintergreen
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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
25 days ago
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Massanutten, Bryce, and Wintergreen have slopes open for the holidays but it was a struggle with the recent warm weather.  The few days with cold nights and even some daytime snowmaking hours made a difference.

Massanutten has a 20+ inch base on the core trails: DJ, Southern Comfort, and the newly named teaching area, Paul's Way.  Couldn't keep enough snow on Showtime when it got warm.  Snow tubing has been open on weekends since Thanksgiving.

Bryce has about half the trails open, including two ways down from the top.

Wintergreen is open, but barely.  The Blue Ridge Express is running for Upper and Lower Dobie.  No snow tubing yet.

wfyurasko - DCSki Supporter
25 days ago
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My 2022 Christmas wish is that Massanutten gets enough cold weather and snowmaking to open up those new black diamond trails before 2023.
squeakywheels
23 days ago
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Bryce actually has 3 top to bottom trails open. One green and two blues, plus the bunny areas. Considering the weather, it's quite an achievement.
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
23 days ago (edited 23 days ago)
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squeakywheels wrote:

Bryce actually has 3 top to bottom trails open. One green and two blues, plus the bunny areas. Considering the weather, it's quite an achievement.

Not surprised. Bryce began operations as a 4-season resort way back in 1965.  Like Massanutten several years later, the ski slopes were a key amenity from the start.

During a pandemic, a small local ski area with decades of experience has a lot of advantages.  Given that Bryce completed major construction and renovations to the base buildings just before 2020, they were is a good position for last season.  Bryce was considered a Top-25 Family Friendly ski areas in by Yelp a year ago.  Joining the Indy Pass was probably good for them.  I stopped in for the first time during the first season Indy existed as a day trip from Massanutten.  Was impressed with the operation and the food.  I would guess Bryce will have a good season for 2021-22.

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squeakywheels
18 days ago
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Condition was pretty good at Bryce today. Good base with a few thin spots. They will easily make it through the weekend til next snow making window. Lots of people. There was even a 10 minute liftline!
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
14 days ago
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Massanutten got 8 inches of natural snow out of the storm.  Blue skies and a manmade blizzard happening today on the snow tubing and ski slopes today.  Re-opening on Wed, Jan. 5.

Massanutten SNOW CONDITIONS:     UPDATED 08:25am 01/04/2022

What a difference a couple of days make! 8" of new snow yesterday along with around the clock snowmaking will allow us to re-open for skiing and snow tubing on Wednesday. We'll continue to build snow depths and begin to work on additonal terrain as the day and week progress. 

College Days Special will be available Wednesday - Friday this week and Wednesdays and Fridays through Mar 4th. $45 Slope-Use & $25 equipment rental with a valid College ID. College Specials must be purchased at the ticket window.         

bousquet19 - DCSki Supporter
14 days ago
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Great news about Massanutten's snow, marzNC!

In regard to the College Days discount, does it apply to students only, or are staff and faculty also eligible?

Woody

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
13 days ago
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bousquet19 wrote:

Great news about Massanutten's snow, marzNC!

In regard to the College Days discount, does it apply to students only, or are staff and faculty also eligible?

Woody

 If someone has a college ID, might work for faculty/staff.  I suggest calling the snow office to ask.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
13 days ago
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Wintergreen is re-opening on Wed, Jan. 5 too.  They are claiming 11 inches of snow from the Jan. 3 storm.  They expect the following trails: Upper & Lower Dobie, Upper & Lower Cross Trails, Potato Patch, and Lower Diamond trail served by the Blue Ridge Express and Patch Double Chairlift.
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
13 days ago
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Bryce is working on White Lightning, along with all the other trails.  I expect they could be 100% open next weekend.
bousquet19 - DCSki Supporter
13 days ago
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marzNC wrote:

bousquet19 wrote:

Great news about Massanutten's snow, marzNC!

In regard to the College Days discount, does it apply to students only, or are staff and faculty also eligible?

Woody

 If someone has a college ID, might work for faculty/staff.  I suggest calling the snow office to ask.

 Thanks 

I asked via Massanutten’s Facebook page.  The offer is good for anyone with a college ID - students, staff, faculty.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
13 days ago
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bousquet19 wrote:

marzNC wrote:

bousquet19 wrote:

Great news about Massanutten's snow, marzNC!

In regard to the College Days discount, does it apply to students only, or are staff and faculty also eligible?

Woody

 If someone has a college ID, might work for faculty/staff.  I suggest calling the snow office to ask.

 Thanks 

I asked via Massanutten’s Facebook page.  The offer is good for anyone with a college ID - students, staff, faculty.

 Good to know.  Mnut has been paying pretty close attention to their FB Page in recent years.  Questions or complaints get a reply pretty quickly from what I can tell.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
13 days ago
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Bryce, Massanutten, Wintergreen all open as of Jan. 5.

Since Wintergreen doesn't have Acorn open, the line for the Blue Ridge Express looks like a 5-10 min wait for skiing Dobie.  Good thing that's a detachable so it doesn't stop often.  The beginner double chair is running too.  

No lines to speak of at the base lifts for Massanutten.  Still getting used to the names: Easy Rider and Creekside for the former Lift 3 and Lift 4 quads.  Used to just call them Geronimo and Southern Comfort.  But Geronimo was also renamed to Easy Street.  Southern Comfort is still Southern Comfort.  Creekside is easy to remember since the lift goes right along the main creek.

Bryce has White Lightning open.  From the webcam, empty per usual for midweek.

wgo
13 days ago
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Just bought a 4 hour ticket for Friday. Plan is to ski from opening until around lunchtime. If they get more terrain open over the weekend I may return for a last chair special on Saturday.
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
11 days ago
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wgo wrote:

Just bought a 4 hour ticket for Friday. Plan is to ski from opening until around lunchtime. If they get more terrain open over the weekend I may return for a last chair special on Saturday.

 Maybe a picture or two? :-)

Snowing at Massanutten as of 10pm Thu evening.

Be careful driving in the morning.

wgo
11 days ago
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Fun morning skiing at Mnut today. No issues getting there - roads were cleared. I had the AWD just in case. My son and I were booted up and ready a few minutes before 9. Mostly stuck to DJ - powder turns available to skiers's left until 10:30 or so. You had to be careful - there were places where the snow was very nice, but other places where the ungroomed machine made snow mixed with the natural and made for some tricky turns. But it was pretty easy to figure out where these stretches were. I brought my rock skis since I knew I would be off to the sides of the trails but they were not really needed.

Top of DJ:
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Top of DJ, showing some cut up pow:
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DJ Headwall, early in the day:
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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
11 days ago
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Thanks for the pics!

Saw that snowmaking will start on Paradice soon.  Going to be really good for MLK weekend when my friends will be there.

wgo
10 days ago
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Paradice scheduled to open on Sunday.
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
10 days ago
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wgo wrote:

Paradice scheduled to open on Sunday.

 I also see that there is snowmaking on Upper Mass Transit and YeeHa. :-)

squeakywheels
6 days ago
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Bryce is now 100% open. It's a small resort but still...
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
5 days ago
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Massanutten opened Mass Transit and Yee Ha.  That provides the connector between the Ridge Triple (Lift 5) trails and the Peak Quad (Lift 6).  Pacesetter will be a terrain park by MLK weekend.

MASSANUTTEN SNOW CONDITIONS: UPDATED
07:51am 01/12/2022

Sunshine and milder temps today with highs in the mid-40s. Snowmaking shut down around 5:30 this morning and Mother Nature is giving the snowmaking team a few well deserved days off before favorable snowmaking temps return on Friday evening. Upper & Lower Mass Transit, Yee- Ha, and Lower Mak Attack open today. Pacesetter will be closed for a terrain park build and the Creekside Quad will have a delayed opening for some maintenance work on the loading conveyor. This weekend is setting up for some fantastic skiing and riding. 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
5 days ago
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Hard to say when Wintergreen will get Highlands open.  Big Acorn is open with about half the trails as of Jan. 12.
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
3 days ago (edited 3 days ago)
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Massanutten opened the Meadow and Boardwalk trails for the first time ever today.  That's the beginner terrain where the big terrain park was in the last decade or two (with the J-bar).  The new long magic carpet is called the Flying Carpet.  Lift lines are not that bad as of 1pm.  But the line for getting rentals was pretty long all morning.  The rental process is set up well, but there are plenty of people who didn't start quite early enough.

There are machines for getting a RFID card/ticket based on buying in advance online in multiple places.  So the line for lifts tickets and rentals isn't too bad.

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MASSANUTTEN SNOW CONDITIONS: UPDATED
07:31am 01/15/2022

Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper 20s. Day time snowmaking will be primarily limited to closed terrain today. Our new Flying Carpet lift is scheduled to debut today along with Meadow and Boardwalk trails. Our area is under a Winter Storm Watch for Sunday with 6" - 10" of snow possible. Forecasters are calling for it to start around lunch time obn Sunday.                       

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 days ago
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Wintergreen got Highlands open for the MLK weekend.  Apparently they sold out of lift tickets for Sat and Sun.  There are 8-hour tickets available for $109 on Mon, Jan. 17, as of Sat evening.  When tickets are sold out online, can't buy tickets at a ticket window either.
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 days ago
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Scott just published an interview with Kenny Hess of Massanutten.  I saw Kenny running around this morning helping out as the holiday crowds started arriving.  Help to move a bench was one task, among many others I'm sure.  I knew he's been around Massanutten for a long time but didn't realize he started when at JMU.  Kenny and all the staff for snowsports are great people.

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 days ago
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Massanutten is 100% open as of Jan. 16.  MakAttack is probably pretty flat but it will be open.  Also the new trail Rock Drop that is under the lift line.  Rock Drop more or less existed last season.

MASSANUTTEN SNOW CONDITIONS: UPDATED
07:58am 01/16/2022

WINTER STORM WARNING FOR TODAY, 5" - 8" SNOW, POSSIBLY MIXING WITH FREEZING RAIN LATER THIS EVENING! 

CAPACITY LIMITS ARE IN PLACE TODAY, WE WILL HAVE LIMITED AVAILABLITY FOR WALK UP TICKET PURCHASES. If tickets are unavailable online we strongly recommend choosing another session or day. Thanks!

We are 100% open today with Mak Attack and Rock Drop opening. Snowmaking will be shutdown mid morning while Mother Nature turns the big gun on! Highs will be in the mid 20s wit hsnow moving in around 10:00am.  

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
yesterday
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Started snowing at Massanutten right around 11am.  Up until about 5pm, it was fluffy powder.  There was at least 5 inches on my friend's car that was sitting all day.  Started sleeting about 6pm.

With the usual few people on resort who don't know how to drive on snow, it's nice to be staying on the mountain for this MLK weekend.  Per usual, the resort roads are being plowed very regularly.  But when the snowfall was heavy, it didn't take long for the road to look all white.

wgo
yesterday
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Potential for a bit of a delayed opening today at Mnut, per their website.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
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wgo wrote:

Potential for a bit of a delayed opening today at Mnut, per their website.

 I wasn't skiing this morning but I don't think there was much of a delay opening up the lifts.  At least, not the base lifts.  With having to dig out cars and clear ice off glass, my friends weren't ready to ski until well after 9:30 in any case.

Per usual, the resort roads were in good shape at 8am.  No idea about US33.

There was a crust of ice on top of the snow on my car that was at least half an inch thick.  My friend's car is fully iced.  We're going to wait until Tuesday to deal with getting it ready to move.  We're up on Litten Lane, the road highest up on the side close to the trails off the Ridge Triple (Lift 5).

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
3 hours ago (edited 3 hours ago)
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Not sure which day it happened but Wintergreen is 100% open as of Jan. 18.  The snowstorm last weekend dropped 10 inches apparently.
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