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Bryce Four Seasons Resort

Basye, Virginia

Vertical drop:500 feet
Base elevation:1,250 feet
Peak elevation:1,750 feet
Skiable acres:25
Longest run:3,500 feet

Bryce Four Seasons Resort offers a calm, relaxed atmosphere, unlike many of the bustling ski resorts in the D.C. region. Families and beginner skiers will feel welcome at the resort, which takes steps to limit overcrowding. The resort’s southern location, combined with a low base elevation, restrict the amount of natural snowfall to an average of 30 inches per year, but the resort combats this with 100% snowmaking.

Advanced skiers may be disappointed with the 500-foot vertical and lack of challenging terrain, but beginner skiers will enjoy runs specifically designed for learning, such as Redeye, which becomes increasingly wider from top to bottom. The Horst Locher Ski School has received many kudos for its patience and success at teaching first-time skiers.

The resort is open to snowboarders, and 90% of the terrain is lit for night skiing.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Bryce Four Seasons Resort
Vertical Drop: 500 feet
Base Altitude: 1,250 feet
Peak Altitude: 1,750 feet
  • 34% beginner
  • 33% intermediate
  • 33% advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 25
    Longest Run: 3,500 feet
    Lift Capacity: 2,500 per hour
    Lifts: 7 (2 doubles, 5 carpet lifts)
    Night Skiing: Yes, on 90% of terrain
    Terrain Park: (No terrain park)
    Halfpipe: (No halfpipe)
    Tubing Park: 800-foot long tubing lanes serviced by a carpet lift
    Address: P.O. Box 3
    Basye, VA 22810
    Phone: (800) 821-1444 or (540) 856-2121
    Latitude: 38.821424
    Longitude: -78.763483
    Links: http://www.bryceresort.com/
    Conditions near Bryce Four Seasons Resort:
    12:15 pm on January 16 / New Market Airport
    41° F
    Wind Speed:0 mph
    Barometer:30.36 in
    Dewpoint:33 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:32 a.m.
    Sunset:5:17 p.m.
    Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. 

    Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

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    Snow Conditions at Bryce:
    Jan 15, 2017 at 7 am
    Machine Groomed 24-36" base 7 of 8 trails open
    4 of 7 lifts open

    News about Bryce

    Firsthand Report: Bryce Nice at a Good Price

      January 16, 2016 - On Friday, January 15, Jim Kenney stopped by for a few hours of skiing at Virginia’s Bryce Resort. He provides this Firsthand Report.

    It’s On: The Ski Season Kicks Off

      November 27, 2014 - The 2014-2015 ski season is about to kick off. While many people will be hitting the stores on Black Friday, diehard skiers and snowboarders will be pointing their cars away from the shopping malls and towards the mountains — where they’ll find a variety of ski resorts launching their winter season.

    Mid-Atlantic Resorts Prepare Slate of Summertime Activities

      May 31, 2014 - Depressed that the winter season is over? No worries. Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will provide plenty of activities this summer to distract you from the fact that there is no snow on the ground. Here’s a look at the summer offerings of many local resorts.

    15 Years on DCSki

      February 17, 2014 - Jim Kenney first visited DCSki 15 years ago. He soon became an active contributor, documenting his family’s ski adventures locally and across the country. In this detailed retrospective, Jim reflects on his 15 years of writing stories for DCSki.

    Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Gains Momentum

      December 27, 2012 - A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.

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    Reader Comments about Bryce

    24 days ago

    The profile info at the top says Bryce has two double lifts. I’m not sure when they upgraded, but they had one quad and one double when I was there last year. They only had the quad open but we never had to wait more than one or two groups before getting on the lift. 

    We went in mid-March and had a great time. Very friendly and laid back and we got a great lift/rental deal. Looking forward to doing some night skiing there on the cheap sometime in 2017.

    2 years ago

    Bryce IS Nice!

    This was the third day on skis this season for my 13 year old daughter and me (having skied Wintergreen and Massanutten previously).  Since the whole family is going up to Okemo for Martin Luther King weekend, I thought it would be a good idea to get everyone a day on skis.  My wife hasn’t skied in 20 years, and my six year old has never skied.   Liftopia was nice enough to have some really cut-rate deals for New Year’s Day, so we figured we’d call it an early night on New Year’s Eve and ring in the new year on the slopes.

    Driving up from Richmond, VA, I wondered if it would be worth the extra hour’s drive as we rolled right past Massanutten.  If we hadn’t prepaid for Bryce, I don’t know that we’d have kept going.  But I’m glad we did.

    Yes, Bryce is tiny, but everyone there is amazingly friendly.  I’d been corresponding with Horst Locher (ski school director and part of the family that runs the resort) via email about the ski wee program, so I expected a personal touch, but Bryce really exceeded my expectations.  The guys in the rental shop were wonderful, helping my wife get outfitted.  The staff at the ski school desk were very accommodating, rescheduling my 13 year old’s private lesson when we were running a little later than expected.  Her instructor was excellent, and my daughter had progressed noticeably when we met up after her lesson.  The young women running the ski wee program were phenomenal.  When we met for lunch after the first session, my six year old demanded that she go back in for the afternoon session.  Who was I to say no?  My wife took the learn-to-ski class and really enjoyed it.  Her instructor was extremely patient and encouraging.  To be honest, my wife is not much of a winter sports enthusiast.  I expected to find her in the lodge with some coffee and a book when her lesson ended.  Instead, she was excited and ready to get back on the hill (well, the carpet slopes).  Bryce is known for their ski school, and they did not disappoint.

    Once I got everyone into their lessons, it was time for me to get my gear and get out onto the hill.  Two gentlemen in golf carts were shuttling people from the parking lot to the lodge.  In all my years of skiing, I’ve never seen something like this.  The fact that the lot is only about a hundred yards from the lodge made this all the more surprising.

    The ski area itself is fairly small, but lots of fun to ski for advanced beginners and intermediates.  The stats list three green trails, but that includes the two bunny slopes off the carpet lifts.  In actuality, there’s really only one green trail served by a chairlift.  But it’s fairly long and has a few spots with a little bit of pitch.  All-in-all, the skiing compares fairly favorably to the trails served by the Big Acorn lift at Wintergreen.  Perhaps they’re not as long, but they’re definitely entertaining.  The one black diamond is very short, but it’s a fun little steep shot.  You’re not going to get the steep and deep here, but you can make up for it by yo-yoing up and down the hill.  The crowd was so small, they didn’t even open the double chair, and there were still no lift lines.  

    Some things I noticed:

    • Everyone was smiling ear to ear.  People were having fun.
    • Families with kids were everywhere.  This is a family-oriented place.
    • Most everyone there really seemed to be able to ski well.  Sparse crowds definitely helped, but you didn’t see the preponderance of out-of-control idiots that you see at Wintergreen and Massanutten.  Bryce has a great race program, and I saw several kids in team jackets skiing very fast, but skiing well and in complete control.
    • The snow was great.  They’d made a ton of snow (being a little farther north DOES make a difference), and the bright sun that day softened everything up and gave us spring-like conditions.
    • This is a leave-your-bag-under-the-table kind of place, which I love.  I always worry about warm days and bring waaaaaaay too much gear.  Being able to stick your bag under a picnic table and leave it there all day with no worries is so nice.  Every other run, someone was taking something off and shoving it in the duffel bag under the table, which was about 20 yards from the lift.

    No, it’s not luxurious, and I don’t know if I’d want to spend several days there, but I would not hesitate to go back to Bryce for another fun day on the snow with my family (especially if I can catch another deal where I can get $40 tickets).

    Shout it from a mountaintop.
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