Updated one year ago
Went to the ‘Nut on Saturday to meet my number one son and his wife (new skier) coming up from Richmond. Had never been. Wow! had a great time. Loved the hill, its a beautiful setting. Layout was great. The green runs kept the gapers from the intermediates and experts. I only made one run down Diamond Jim and one from the top of the blues as my son’s wife has only been skiing three times, but they were really sweet runs.
I really expect lots of crowds, but I think the fact that its a destination spread peoples arrivals out. Blue/Blacks, never had more than a few minutes in the line. Greens … . not so good, but no more than 5 or 10 ever. Lots of stops and starts on the lifts, but thats expected. Arriving when the ropes dropped helped with parking and a few no line warm up runs on the greens for our newbie. Probably had over twenty runs by the time we left. Thats a good day of skiing in anyones book.
I really understand the appeal of the Nut. Drive is a little farther than Snowtime resorts for me, but would be willing to make it to ski with my youngest if he ends up at VCU.
The two black diamond runs and their dedicated chair are a consistently nice crowd-beating experience no matter how crazy the rest of Massanutten gets. You picked the right day weatherwise.
Yep, being able to ski without a lift line off Lift 6 on a holiday weekend is a major reason that my season pass has been at Massanutten since 2009. I’m here for the long weekend with a friend and her kids. It’s their third season. Taking full advantage of the strong ski school, including the Adv. Beginner clinics. My friend did a clinic on Sat morning with a Level 2 instructor who got her off to a good start.
Since Mnut is a timeshare resort, a lot of the holiday weekend folks do not check in until Sat. That’s one reason that Sat morning of a long weekend can be very empty on the slopes. There was much more of a crowd after 4pm when the Twilight session starts than the usual night session but still not a big deal in terms of lift lines.
I didn’t get up to the top until this afternoon. Did a Silver Clinic, which turned out to be a private. We did a few runs working on stuff in the newly seeded big bumps on the upper section of Paradise (after the flat section at the very top). First time that bumps were needed in that section.