Winterplace Ski Resort

Winterplace Ski Resort is easy to find from Interstate 77, halfway between Beckley and Bluefield. Just two minutes from Exit 28, at the Flat Top/Ghent exhibit, you'll find this winter sports hotspot with more than 90 skiable acres. A variety of Winterplace lodging options are also close and easy to access. You could spend the day on the slopes—or a night if you prefer—and cozy up at your accommodations without spending a lot of time driving and more of your time relaxing.

The mountain, with a base elevation of 2,997 feet, boasts a vertical drop of 603 feet. Skiers of all skill levels will enjoy themselves at Winterplace Ski Resort, whether they're just starting out or have been skiing in West Virginia before. This resort offers 28 slopes nearly equally distributed between beginner and intermediate runs. The remaining fifteen percent of the runs are reserved for the most skilled skiers. The longest run, which is designated intermediate, is a mile and half long. The lifts, which include a pair of quads and doubles along with three triples, can carry plenty of people to the top of the peak. If you're up for a lesson, which are free for absolute beginners, you could head to one of the Winterplace ski lodges. Here, you can find a skilled instructor ready to show you the the basics or help you refine your skills.

While skiing is by far the most popular of the things to do at Winterplace Ski Resort, you'll also find plenty to do without hitting the slopes. The snowtubing park, the largest in West Virginia, is a popular place for kids and teenagers. As long as they're at least 44 inches tall, tubers can experience the hill of rushing down the hill. And thanks to the super carpet lifts, you and your tube can be at the top of the hill, ready to go again, in no time. A kiddie park is also available when conditions are favorable.

Even if there's not enough natural snow to keep the terrain park and slopes running, the snowmaking equipment is there to keep everything running. During the off season of 2009, the resort underwent a significant expansion. Totally automated snowmaking gear was installed on several of the runs, including Nose Dive, Snow Bowl, and Look at Me. Nose Dive, one of the expert trails, is now double the width as was before. Other runs, including Compromise, Glades, and a few others, received new fan guns, which ensure that the runs can open more quickly.

If you're looking for an extended break or a quick bite to eat, you could make your way to one of the Winterplace ski lodges. Here, you'll find a variety of snack bars, restaurants, and places to enjoy live entertainment, all toasty warm. The food court is open throughout the day, serving all three meals and snacks kids and adults will both love, while the mid-mountain restaurant is a great place for nice, slow meal. You'll also have the chance to sip hot chocolate by the fireplace or hang out on the deck and enjoy the views. Like Snowshoe Mountain Resort, another West Virginia winter sports favorite, you'll also find live music here. Some of the Winterplace ski lodges feature live entertainment and karaoke that fill the air with music and fun.

No matter what you pack into your day at the resort, you'll need a place to chill for the evening. There are many choices for Winterplace lodging to suit all kinds of budgets, including staying at one of the Beckley hotels. Several of the properties have partnered with the resort to offer ski packages that offer free weekday skiing. Some of these options for Winterplace lodging include full-service resorts, while others are more budget conscious.

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