Hot Springs, Virginia
|Vertical drop:||700 feet|
|Longest run:||4,200 feet|
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. Trails are usually uncrowded, though, and the Homestead has a reputation as being an excellent place to learn skiing. The Homestead has also recently added additional winter activities, such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snowmobile rides.
Despite its southern location, the Homestead receives an average annual snowfall of 50 inches, which the resort supplements with snowmaking. During the summer and fall of 2003, the Homestead upgraded its entire snowmaking system with a state-of-the-art system, which has allowed the resort to extend its traditional season length while offering improved snow conditions. In 2012, The Homestead added the Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland, which provides ice skating and year-round outdoor swimming in addition to skiing and snowboarding.
Getting to The Homestead
|Wind Speed:||6 mph|
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News about The Homestead
- 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.
- November 25, 2012 - This winter, The Homestead debuts the Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland, which will provide ice skating and swimming in addition to skiing.
- March 17, 2008 - Spring is a mixed blessing: Mid-Atlantic resorts begin to close one by one, but the weather is nice and the rates can’t be beat. DCSki provides a detailed look at the current operating status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
- February 22, 2008 - During January, DCSki asked its readers to complete a survey, ranking Mid-Atlantic ski areas in a number of categories. Over 100 readers filled out this detailed survey, providing a measurement of what local resorts are doing well, and what they could be doing better. We also asked readers to cast a critical eye on DCSki itself. The results are in, so kick back, relax, and see if you agree with readers’ picks for best resort in various categories.
- January 6, 2008 - Going on a road trip to the slopes with your family in tow can be a wonderful experience, or a disaster, and it often comes down to effective planning. DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney provides a wealth of useful tips on planning the perfect family road trip, leveraging his own experience and the experience of other Mid-Atlantic ski dads.
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