Winterplace Ski Resort Hosts 40th Anniversary Weekend Celebration Featuring Family-Friendly Snow Events, Food & Entertainment


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Winterplace Ski Resort, West Virginia’s largest Snow Tubing Park and favorite ski and snowboard destination, invites families to hit the slopes for its 40th Anniversary with a weekend-long celebration on Saturday, February 25 through Sunday, February 26.

Families can enjoy a plethora of exciting events for all ages including a Big Air freestyle competition at the resort’s new Heaven Holler Terrain Park, family ski race, snowtubing costume contest, Yeti scavenger hunt, face painting and even a chance to meet Princess Elsa. Additionally, guests can enjoy live entertainment and a variety of food truck options all weekend long.

“I am excited to welcome families for a memorable weekend of fun on the slopes as we celebrate 40 incredible years,” said Josh Faber General Manager at Winterplace. “Since we first opened in 1983, we have been committed to providing our guests a premier winter recreational experience and are grateful to play a part in so many magical family memories throughout the years,” said Faber.

The anniversary celebration kicks off Saturday with a special opportunity to meet one of Winterplace’s founders, Jerry Lauffer as he shares stories, photos and historic memorabilia from the ski resort’s early beginnings. “We are so pleased Jerry can be here to celebrate with us. Our story is just getting started and we are looking forward to continuing the Winterplace legacy with the next generation of skiers and boarders,” said Faber.

Although the events are designed to celebrate and commemorate the resort anniversary, all are welcome to come out and enjoy the resort whether they participate or not. Winterplace will be open for skiing, boarding and tubing from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. all weekend long.

Here’s a look at the event highlights.

Saturday, February 25

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meet & Greet with one of the founders of Winterplace, Jerry Lauffer. Jerry will be at Mickeys with historic maps, photos and stories. Stop by and meet Jerry and hear all about how Winterplace got started.

Big Air Registration upstairs at the Resort Center

1 p.m.- 2 p.m.
Big Air Practice Laps at Heaven Holler Terrain Park

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Live Music from Alabaster Boxer’s Nick & Drew

2 p.m.
Mini Big and Big Air Freestyle Contest at Heaven Holler Park

Winterplace is hosting a Big Air Freestyle Contest at the new Heaven Holler Terrain Park. There are two age categories. Category 1 is for youth 12 and under and Category 2 is for ages 13-17. The contest will consist of two runs per participant and will be crowd judged. The top three boys and girls will be awarded with some cool resort prizes. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun or come out to watch.

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
A visit with Elsa at The Mountain House~Let it snow!

Sunday, February 26
11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Family Race Registration on the second floor of the Resort Center

12 p.m.
The Mason Dixon Boys will be doing chainsaw carvings. Swing by and check out these professional chainsaw carvers and maybe take a carving home with you!

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Family Race practice laps at Heaven Holler Terrain Park

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Live Music from Matt Mullins at The Snowdrift Lounge

2 p.m.
Family Ski Race. The first Family Race at Winterplace this season was such a hit, the resort has added two age categories. The first age category is for ages 12 and under and the second is for ages 13-17 years old. These races consist of teams of one parent (adult) and one youth. Both members of each team will have two runs. We will keep the time of your best runs combined.

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