Is the pen mightier than the snowboard?
Firsthand Report: Bryce Nice at a Good Price
By Jim Kenney, DCSki Columnist
January 16, 2016

I skied 26 runs on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Bryce Resort in Virginia on a four-hour weekday senior’s ticket for $25 from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All eight slopes were open at Bryce with a good corduroy surface over a firm base at the start with temperatures right around freezing. It warmed up to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit while I was there and the snow softened nicely under a weak January sun with partial clouds. The clouds got thicker by the time I left for home at 1:30 p.m.

“I guess about four years ago Bryce replaced an old double chair with a fixed grip quad with conveyor leading,” writes Jim. “This is the primary of two chairs at Bryce and it’s a solid lift. It takes about nine minutes to do a lap, eight on the lift and one on the slopes.” Photo by Jim Kenney.

I got free rock star parking about 50 feet from the beginner area and I was easily able to go back and forth from my car to switch and test three different pairs of skis from my garage “quiver.” My normal skis (‘12-‘13 Nordica Burners) got a blown out edge last March in Colorado that I repaired not-so-well with gorilla glue in the offseason. I think I found that my son’s old Stockli skis (‘06-‘07 Stormrider AT) are going to work as a back up in case the edge fails on the Nordicas.

The trail to the right, Hangover, has the steepest pitch of any at Bryce. Photo by Jim Kenney.

Bryce is great. This is one nimble and efficient ski operation. They can go from nothing to “all slopes open” lightning-quick. Don’t let a little non-frozen precipitation scare you away this MLK Weekend. As soon as things dry out I suggest you take advantage of Bryce’s low rates and low crowds and get thee to the slopes! You might be able to buy tickets in advance on for even less than the normal low prices at the Bryce ticket window.

The smaller of two beginner areas at Bryce. “Bryce really shines as a training hill,” writes Jim. Photo by Jim Kenney.

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