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The Homestead

Hot Springs, Virginia

Vertical drop:700 feet
Skiable acres:45
Longest run:4,200 feet
Trails:10

Skiing is almost an afterthought at the Homestead, a resort packed with year-round activities, whose history dates back to 1766. Located in the scenic Allegheny Mountains, the ski area at the Homestead is relatively small, with just ten trails and a historically short season. Trails are usually uncrowded, though, and the Homestead has a reputation as being an excellent place to learn skiing.

Despite its southern location, the Homestead receives an average annual snowfall of 50 inches, which the resort supplements with snowmaking. If you don’t want to ski, you’ll find other winter-time activities such as ice skating, mini snowmobiles, and a snow tubing park. Or you can relax and take a spa day at the resort’s on-site spa — the Homestead is famous for its wellness services and all-natural mineral springs.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: The Homestead
Vertical Drop: 700 feet
Trails: 10 Trails:

  • 3 beginner
  • 3 intermediate
  • 4 advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 45
    Longest Run: 4,200 feet
    Lifts: 5 (1 double, 2 tows, 1 J-bar, 1 T-bar)
    Night Skiing: No
    Terrain Park: The Playland Terrain Park features rails, hits, and a halfpipe.
    Tubing Park: Yes
    Address: 7696 Sam Snead Highway
    Hot Springs, VA 24445
    Phone: (800) 838-1766 or (540) 839-7721
    Latitude: 37.997583
    Longitude: -79.831209
    Links: http://www.thehomestead.com/
    Conditions near The Homestead:
    10:55 am on December 9 / Hot Springs / Ingalls
    43° F
    Rain and Breezy
    Humidity:100%
    Wind Speed:21 mph
    Barometer:29.98 in
    Dewpoint:43 °F
    Visibility:5.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:23 a.m.
    Sunset:5:00 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 The Homestead:
    The Homestead
    Dec 8, 2019 at 9 am
    -" base of 10 trails open
    of 2 lifts open

    News about The Homestead

    The Season So Far

      January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.

    Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open

      December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.

    The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off

      December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.

    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.
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