Skiing and Snowboarding Resorts Near Washington, DC

It may come as a surprise to hear but there are a number of ski resorts near Washington DC — within a 200-mile radius of the Capital, which makes them great options for a day trip or a weekend getaway. For recreational winter sport enthusiast and Washingtonian like myself, there’s no need to cough up a whole lot of cash for a flight up north or west to partake in winter sports fun because here are some of the best snowboard and ski resorts near Washington DC.

Ski Near Washington DC: Whitetail Beginner Lifts
Whitetail Beginner Lifts

Ski Resorts Near Washington DC

The Most Convenient for Day Trippers

Whitetail, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

At just a 90-minute drive from northwest Washington, DC, Whitetail in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania offers one of the closest winter resorts for Washingtonians.

Whitetail offers 23 trails, two terrains, and a 935-feet of vertical drop. The resort also grooms all of its trails with 100% snow making coverage and offers a total of nine lifts, easily transporting up to 15,000 skiers per hour. The slopes are wide and are facing east which helps keep the snow from turning into ice. All levels of skill will find plenty of runs to keep them occupied (the 23 trails are almost equally divided into four categories: green, blue, black, and double diamond) and the resort also does a nice job grouping the trails based on skill level. Amenities include child-care, ski and snowboard lessons, a food court, and adaptive snow-sports program for children and adults with mental and physical challenges.

Distance from Washington, DC: 91 miles, 1.5 hours

Season: generally mid-December to late March

Other resort features: Night skiing available and snow tubing on site

Ski Resorts Near Washington DC: Liberty Mountain Resort Sunrise
Liberty Mountain Resort Sunrise

Liberty Mountain Resort, Fairfield, Pennsylvania

It’s fitting to mention Liberty Mountain Resort as one of the best ski resorts near Washington DC just for the mere fact that it’s the closest one to the nation’s capital. What’s more, it’s also just eight miles southwest of historic Gettysburg, where a number of suitable accommodation options are available should you feel too tired to drive back to the District that same day. Liberty is slightly smaller than Whitetail, offering a total of 16 trails, most of which are geared for intermediate to advanced skiers. Its amenities include a ski and snowboard school, child-care center, a couple of restaurants and bars.

Distance from Washington, DC: 78 miles, 1.25 hours

Season: generally mid-December to late March

Other resort features: Night skiing available and snow tubing on site

Ski Resorts Near Washington DC: Wintergreen Multi-Seat Fast Lifts
Wintergreen Multi-Seat Fast Lifts

The Best Overall Resorts

Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen Virginia

It’s hard to for any other resort to top Wintergreen, the premiere winter resort that sits in the heart of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Couples looking for a romantic escape will find their wishes satisfied here with a mountaintop spa and outdoor hot tubs available in one of their nicely appointed condos for rent. Families are also welcome at Wintergreen with programs like Ridgely’s Rippers where children ages four to 12 spend a whole day learning to ski or Mountain Explorers which is more suitable for slightly older and intermediate skiers and boarders. Finally, Wintergreen also offers one of the best adaptive programs in the mid-Atlantic, partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project to teach those that are physically and mentally challenged how to ski or snowboard.

Distance from Washington, DC: 160 miles – 3 hours

Season: generally mid-December to late March

Other resort features: Night skiing available, snow tubing on site, and ice-skating

Ski Resorts Near Washington DC: Snowshoe Resort Snow Covered Trees
Snowshoe Resort Snow Covered Trees: Photo by Seth Youngblood via Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Snowshoe Resort, Snowshoe, West Virginia

The largest in the mid-Atlantic is by far the best among the ski resorts near Washington DC. Snowshoe Resort leads the pack not only because of its sheer size but also because it receives the most amount of natural snow anywhere else in the area. The 180 inches of snow it receives annually turns the 251-acre resort into a winter wonderland. It offers a total of 57 trails, 13 lifts featuring triple and quad seating, an elevation of 4,848 feet and the highest vertical drop (1,500 feet) of any of the mid-Atlantic resorts. There’s an Olympic-size Superpipe that attracts snowboarders and freestyle skiers and some of the longest green slopes perfect for those at the beginner levels as well. What’s more, the après ski activities are aplenty with happy hour specials and live music available at spots like the back country-themed The Junction Restaurant and Saloon or the Tuscan Chop House Alpine Ristorante.

Distance from Washington, DC: 238 miles; 4.5 – 5 hours

Season: generally mid-December to late March

Other resort features: Night skiing available, snow tubing on site, restaurants, a spa, and slope-side condominiums

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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