According to the Old Farmer’s Almanacforecast, the 2023/2024 winter ski and snowboard season will be a snow lover’s delight with above normal snowfall predicted. Now is the time for ski enthusiasts to purchase those season passes and get the gear ready to hit the slopes. At Winterplace, West Virginia’s most accessible ski resort, families can look forward to exciting improvements both on and off the slopes this season.
“Our team has worked exceptionally hard all year to prepare for our 41st ski and snowboard season,” said Josh Faber, Winterplace general manager. “Our goal is to continually raise the bar on our guest experience and to build even greater community involvement,” he added. “We are excited for families to rediscover Winterplace and create some magical winter memories with us this season.”
Following are some of the highlights winter enthusiasts can look forward to:
Snowdrift Lounge Renovation & Apres-Ski Parties
The popular Snowdrift Lounge has been reimagined to provide guests the perfect Apres-ski experience. Skiers can enjoy special retro-themed snow parties, live entertainment, local microbrews, winter-inspired cocktails, tap takeovers and more this season. It’s the perfect spot to celebrate with family and friends and unwind after a long day of skiing and tubing Guests can also enjoy more menu items at the redesigned Mountain Mama’s Cafe, which is now more accessible for skiers to grab a meal and quickly get back on the slopes.
Heaven Holler Progression Terrain Park
Freestyle enthusiasts can expect more terrain park features and expanded events this season at the resort’s Heaven Holler Terrain Park. Winterplace plans on hosting two Big Air contests and Rail Jams, as well as weekly “Throwdown Thursday,” video contests. Making its debut last season, Heaven Holler is located on the resort’s Highland slope. It is accessible by a dedicated chairlift and geared for all ages and skill levels.
Winterplace Race Team & Weekday Ski & Snowboard Club Options
Winterplace is bringing back competitive ski racing to the local community. The resort is launching a kids development race team, which provides an opportunity for kids ages six to 12 to learn racing skills and technique. There will also be an adult league and family races on Fridays and Sundays.
Due to the popularity of the Ski and Snowboard Club programs, Winterplace has added weekday options. This makes it convenient for families that homeschool or have flexible schedules to take advantage of less crowded timeframes. Open to all ability levels ages eight and up, the Club provides each member one lift ticket and rental equipment rental per week, for a total of four times, per four-week session. Each member can choose their designated day of the week and up to three beginner lessons.
To learn more about the Winterplace Club Program or make an online booking visit: https://www.winterplace.com/clubs/member.
“Wild Wonderful” Frequent Skier Pass Returns
Winterplace will once again offer the “Wild Wonderful Pass.” For $79 (the same as last season) guests can purchase the pass, which provides $25 off every all-day or evening lift ticket purchases, all season long. The Wild Wonderful pass is the perfect choice for guests that plan on skiing more frequently this winter and seeking a budget-friendly option to purchasing multiple lift tickets, but who are not quite ready to commit to a season pass.
To purchase a Wild Wonderful Pass visit, https://www.winterplace.com/season-passes.
Streamlined Ski Rental Process & New Rental Gear
Skiers interested in renting gear this season will enjoy a streamlined rental process. The resort completely remodeled its ski shop last season and continues to make small changes to the process to ensure efficienct transactions and less time waiting in line. The goal is to ensure skiers can spend more time on the slopes.
Winterplace has also invested $100K to enhance its ski rental fleet offering the latest in ski and snowboard gear.
Continued Snowmaking & Grooming Improvements
Snowmaking improvements this season include replacing underground pipe and rebuilding compressors and pumps. Snow guns have been added and strategically moved around to maximize the efficiency and ensure 100% coverage all season long
Additionally, Winterplace has added a new Pisten Bully 400 Snowcat to its grooming fleet to ensure a top to bottom quality snow experience.
Winterplace traditionally opens for skiing mid-December.