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The Homestead
Hot Springs, Virginia
Vertical drop:700 feet
Base elevation:1,800 feet
Peak elevation:2,500 feet
Skiable acres:45
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 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 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.

Photo provided by The Homestead.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: The Homestead
Vertical Drop: 700 feet
Base Altitude: 1,800 feet
Peak Altitude: 2,500 feet
Trails: 10 Trails:
  • 3 beginner
  • 3 intermediate
  • 4 expert
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
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site:
Directions: Via Google Maps

COVID-19 Information

The following information summarizes COVID-19 protocols in effect at The Homestead as of Oct 12, 2020. Please note that this information is subject to change at any time; contact The Homestead directly before making a trip to verify current COVID-19 operating protocols. This information is provided by SnoCountry.

Masks Required:
Social Distancing Required:
Sanitization Stations Available:
Pass Protection:
Reservations Required:
Pre-Purchase Day Lift Tickets Recommended:
Resort COVID-19 web page:
Resort COVID-19 pass protection page:
Resort COVID-19 reservations web page:

Trail Map

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Weather near The Homestead

6:35 am on December 4 / Hot Springs / Ingalls
 Light Drizzle
44° F
Light Drizzle
Humidity:31% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:16 mph wind_W Sunrise:7:19 a.m.
Barometer:30.07 in Sunset:5:00 p.m.
Dewpoint:15 °F
Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. No snowmaking
High: 48°
Slight Chance of Showers then Showers Likely
Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. West wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Low: 34°
Showers then Rain/Snow
Rain showers before 2am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 2am and 5am, then a slight chance of snow showers after 5am. Low around 34. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
High: 39°
Slight Chance of Rain/Snow then Sunny
A slight chance of snow showers, mixing with rain after 7am, then gradually ending. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night
Low: 27°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

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

Snow conditions at The Homestead

Opening soon for snow sports

Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with The Homestead for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.

News about The Homestead

The Season So Far
Article thumbnail 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
Article thumbnail 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
Article thumbnail 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
Article thumbnail 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
Article thumbnail 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.
What’s New for 2012: The Homestead
November 25, 2012 - This winter, The Homestead debuts the Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland, which will provide ice skating and swimming in addition to skiing.
Who’s Open? A Detailed Look at Mid-Atlantic Ski Areas
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.
Results of the 2008 DCSki Annual Survey: Top Resorts in the Mid-Atlantic
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.
Family Ski Road Trip Primer
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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