Skiing Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

With wilderness areas and national forests surrounding us in all directions, plus the world-class Wintergreen Ski Resort, Virginia right in our backyard, our Blue Ridge Parkway Cabins are the perfect home base for your wintertime excursions.

When sizable storms roll through, hiking trails nearby get blanketed in snow, making for excellent cross-country skiing throughout the higher elevation areas along the Shenandoah Valley. The Three Ridges Wilderness loop, which starts right behind our property and encompasses 13 miles of rolling terrain, open meadows, and beautiful views along the way, is an easy and convenient way to jump on skis right from your cabin at Love Ridge.

When the snow falls, and if you’re up for even more of an adventure, jump in the car for a scenic drive north on Highway 81, passing nearby towns like Lyndhurst and Staunton. Head east on Highway 211 into the heart of Shenandoah National Park, where you can park in the Thornton Gap area. Starting there, you can cross-country ski down Skyline Drive, which the park service does not plow during heavy snowstorms. The roadway extends for 105 miles throughout the park, staying between 2,000 and 4,000 feet in elevation. With no cars in sight and quietly traversing the ridgeline on skis while enjoying stunning views at overlooks like Buck Hollow, Hazel Mountain, and Pinnacles, it’s a spectacular way to explore the beauty of a snowy day in the Shenandoah region.

Men and dog Cross Country Skiing Blue Ridge Parkway
Family skiing and snowboarding Wintergreen Ski Resort in Virginia

Wintergreen Resort – Skiing and Snowboarding Just Moments Away

We get excited when the snow falls at Love Ridge, knowing that the slopes at neighboring Wintergreen Resort are also getting fresh powder. And even when it isn’t actively snowing, their trademark snowmaking system constantly creates new snow throughout the season – it’s the only East Coast resort with snowmaking coverage on 100% of its terrain. It’s also the only ski mountain in the area with two 6-person high-speed chairlifts, so you’ll spend more time skiing/boarding and less time waiting around in lift lines.

A quick look at their trail map reveals a mountain that punches above its size with an impressive 1,000 feet of vertical drop and 26 well-designed runs, separated into clearly-designated beginner, intermediate, and advanced areas. 

Skiers and boarders will find a lot to love on runs like Wild Turkey and Tyro, which have upper and lower sections that link up into long, flowing, top-to-bottom rides. Their two terrain parks are a hit with snowboarders and freestyle skiers, with over 40 jumps, rails, and other features that the terrain-building crew rotates throughout the season.

Family on the chairlift at Wintergreen Ski Resort in Virginia
Snowboarder flying through the air at Wintergreen Ski Resort in Virginia

As lift tickets climb ever higher in price (case in point: Vail Resorts, at $275/day), Wintergreen Resort keeps its lift tickets, rentals, and lessons affordable. Adult lift tickets range from $79-109 depending on whether it’s a weekday, weekend, or holiday, while an 8-hour ski/snowboard rental is $29 for kids, $39 for young adults, and $44 for adults. One-hour or two-hour private lessons and parent/child lessons are available from their nationally-certified instructors, ranging from $129 to $199. Whether you’re sneaking away alone for some solitude on the slopes or bringing the whole family along, Wintergreen covers all the bases.

Book your Love Ridge cabin and get ready for Blue Ridge wintertime fun!