Family-friendly slopes are nearby

Karen Graham

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Families in the region are fortunate to have so many family-friendly ski resorts where even the smallest skiers and boarders are welcome.

Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Pa., offers a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including snow tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. Learn-to-ski packages start at age 3 and include a lift ticket, lessons, and rentals for $68 on weekends and holidays. Reduced rates are available for midweek and no reservations are required.

“Our packages are designed to allow time for kids and parents to ski or snowboard together,” said the resort’s Chris Dudding.

According to Dudding, new this year at Roundtop are 20 automated snowmaking stations on one expert and two beginner and slopes. The resort has also added a Prinoth snow-grooming vehicle, snowboard rental equipment, and a renovated food court. Special learn-to-ski
packages are also available at nearby Ski Liberty and Ski Whitetail.

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In nearby Virginia

With activities geared for the whole family, Massanutten’s full-service resort near Harrisonburg, Va., truly offers something for everyone. Winter family activities include snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating — and the indoor waterpark.

January is “Learn a Snow Sports Month,” with inclusive beginner Pathway packages starting at $59. There will also be late-night tubing sessions on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day weekends.

With an overnight stay, guests have complimentary access to indoor pools, workout facilities, arcade rooms, hot tubs, saunas, and other activities. A new addition to the resort is a 13,000-square-foot snow sports learning center building which will be completed in the spring. Massanutten is also
offering new arts-and-crafts classes, as well as new services in the spa.

Wintergreen Resort in Roseland, Va., is geared for families, with learn-to-ski and snowboard programs (for either a half or full day), snow tubing at The Plunge, tubing at Ridgely’s Fun Park, ice skating, and other indoor and outdoor activities.ski-wintergreen

Mother Nature provided 74 inches of snow last winter, but the resort is ready to make snow, too. There’s a new-and-improved snowmaking system, which will help increase overall production and coverage. Wintergreen has also added more lighting for night skiing and grooming vehicles to improve conditions on the slopes.

Winter Escape packages start at $83 per person, offering savings on lodging and lift tickets.

Bryce Resort is among the closest slopes to Washington, D.C., and considers itself one of the best learning mountains in the Southeast.

“Our award-winning ski school has consistently been voted as one of the best places to learn how to ski and snowboard in the Mid-Atlantic,” said the resort’s Doug Grayson.

This year, Bryce has added covers to the carpet lifts, providing beginner skiers with a more comfortable ride. The resort has also expanded snowmaking on the beginner trails, has a new rental system to make it easier to get out on the slopes, and has easier access to learning packages with an online sales portal.

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