Best Ski Resorts Near Washington DC

Winter in the Washington, DC is pure joy. With winds howling and the icy-white dust falling over and swallowing the American capital, this is the perfect time to take a holiday. One of the upcoming holiday trends this season are the ski resorts. These self-contained, and sometimes all-inclusive, resorts offer a great value for money and an ultimate winter experience. 

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What are Ski Resorts?

Ski resorts are designated areas, usually also called destination resorts, that exist away from the towns and cities. While skiing is the main activity at these resorts, these resorts also cater to other activities such as snowmobiling, sledding, dog-sledding, ice-skating, indoor/outdoor swimming, and hot tubbing, game rooms, and even lodging options. 

Scroll down and browse through our list of best ski resorts near Washington DC.

1. Whitetail Ski Resort

Whitetail Ski Resort

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One of the closest ski resorts to Washington DC, the Whitetail Ski Resort is a family-friendly resort. Located near Two Top Mountain in the Tuscarora Mountains, this place is covered in a thick blanket of white during the winters. Facilities at this resort include 19 trails with varying levels of difficulty, an 1,800 feet summit, snow tubing, night skiing, snowboard lessons, and much more. If you are a novice, you can always take skiing lessons before you head out. More details on their website here.

Distance from Washington, DC: 86 miles

Opening dates: 15 December 2017

Closing dates: 1 March 2018

2. Bryce Resort

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With gorgeous views of the mountains, this all-season resort will keep you busy during the winter season. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and much more, Bryce Resort is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Bryce Mountain resort covers an area of 25 acres and 7 lifts that ferry you up and down the mountain. Forgot to pack your gloves and mittens? Worry not! This resort also has a ski boutique that will take care of all your skiing gear needs. Apart from the many winter activities, this resort also hosts many summer activities like biking, zipline, summer tubbing, and more.

Distance from Washington, DC: 116 miles

Opening dates: 12 October 2017

Closing dates: 25 March 2018

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3. Liberty Mountain Resort

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With 8 superb lifts, the Liberty Mountain Resort is perfect ski destination and one of the closest skiing resorts to Washington, DC. With a skiable area that is spread across 91 acres, this resort has 8 lifts that include four quads, one double chairlifts, two Magic Moving Carpet lifts and a terrain park J-bar. Apart from skiing activities, you can shop at the Liberty Mountain Sports, and the Golf Pro Shop, and indulge in some self-pampering at the Laventide Salon & Day Spa.

Distance from Washington, DC: 75 miles

Opening dates: 15 December 2017

Closing dates: 1 March 2018

4. Roundtop Mountain Resort

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Greeting you to the miles of untouched snow, the Roundtop Mountain Resort is a brainchild of Irvin Naylor and one of the best ski resorts in south central Pennsylvania. With a plethora of activities during spring, summer, and fall, and especially winter; Roundtop Mountain Resort is known to create its own snow for the purpose of snowboarding and skiing. Great for families, amenities at this resort include 8 lifts, a fine-dine restaurant, a coffee-shop, a child care centre, and many more. 

Distance from Washington, DC: 116 miles

Opening dates: 24 November 2017

Closing dates: 25 March 2018

5. Seven Springs Ski Resort

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Snuggled in the Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Seven Springs Mountain Resort is an all-season resort and one of the best skiing resorts near Washington, DC. With a skiable area of 285 acres, 33 trails, 7 terrain parks, and 14 lifts, this resort is one-of-a-kind. Popular activities here include skiing, snowboarding, night skiing, and snow tubing. Summer activities at Seven Springs include canopy tours, zipline tours, sporting clays, mountain biking, fly fishing and golf. Apart from many winter and summer activities, this resort hosts festivals and events like the Mud on the Mountain, Brewski Fest, Rib & Wing Festival, Wine Festival, Autumnfest, Winterfest and Pond Skim

Distance from Washington, DC: 190 miles

Opening dates: 24 November 2017

Closing dates: 01 April 2018

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6. Wisp Ski Resort

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One of the best skiing spots in the Mid-Atlantic, Wisp is also one of the longest operational ski resorts in the country. The 34 trails of this resort extend across 172 acres of thick layers of snow. If you are the intrepid kind of a traveller, Wisp has some of the best trails for the freestyle skiers and snowboarders. This place is buzzing with tourists and good time during the months of winters. A holiday at Wisp would be something of a mix of snow tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, lodging, dining and shopping, and we are not complaining! 

Distance from Washington, DC: 176 miles

Opening dates: 15 December 2017

Closing dates: 25 March 2018

7. Massanutten

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Sprawling over more than 6000 acres of land, and overlooking the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, this resort offers a terrain suitable for all types of skiers or snowboarders. The trails are designed in a way that they cater to all levels such as beginner, intermediate and advanced. You can choose from many snowy activities at Massanutten like snow tubing, ice skating, or even night skiing. With an array of activities like skiing, waterpark, golf and lodging; explore, relax, shop, and dine at Massanutten on your next winter vacation.

Distance from Washington, DC: 142 miles

Opening dates: 15 December 2017

Closing dates: 18 March 2018

8. Timberline Four Seasons

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Situated 4265 feet above sea level, with an average of 150 inches of snow and a peak elevation of 4,268 feet, Timberline Four Seasons is one of the favourite skiing destinations near Washington, DC. This resort is family owned and run and the ski area has 4 lifts, more than 100 acres of ski area, and a diverse ski slopes with more than 40 trails. Vacation rentals and slope-side resorts are available if you planning to extend your holiday. Things to do here are endless! You can go on a snowy adventure, shop at local stores, listen to live music, or drink your favourite beer as you sigh at the brilliant white winter wonderland.   

Distance from Washington, DC: 178 miles

Opening dates: 13 December 2017

Closing dates: 18 March 2018

Choose the ski resort that you like the best and let us know in the comments section below, because like they say, "Paradise doesn’t have to be tropical," and we totally agree! 

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