Washington, D.C. lies just east of one of the country’s most beautiful mountain ranges. Aside from incredible views, it also offers easy access to plenty of great ski resorts. If you’re looking for a quick daytrip to shred some snow, have a look at these.
Canaan Valley houses two wonderful ski resorts practically within walking distance of each other. Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline aren’t exactly fancy, but they provide a great opportunity to ski just two hours away. There are no powered ski lifts, so you’ll have to hoof it most of the time, but the views can’t be beat.
Whitetail Resort in Pennsylvania is only 90 minutes outside of D.C. and boasts the highest runs within a two-hour drive. Some of the best features include 23 runs, lights for night skiing and a vertical drop of 935 feet. On the backside of the mountain you’ll find three advanced runs for experienced skiers, while the front houses a terrain park and halfpipe.
Snowshoe Mountain is the largest ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic region with 56 trails and a vertical drop of 1,500 feet. It also boasts several terrain parks and an average snowfall of 180 inches, making it ready for skiers for nearly the entire season. It’s 4.5 hours from D.C., but the drive is more than worth it.
Never been skiing a day in your life? Then Wisp Ski Resort is your best option. The resort caters to beginners and families with small kids. They have a variety of easy slopes to try along with plenty of group programs to help you get your skis wet.
Seven Springs has one of the largest collections of terrain parks and obstacles on the East Coast. Though they cater primarily to snowboarders, skiers will also find plenty to keep them busy. The Olympic-sized halfpipe brings in top competitors from around the country, while the lively nightlife at the resort brings in a younger crowd.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.