Bryce Resort is a small family-friendly ski resort in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. With only 8 trails, 5 chair lifts and 2 carpet lifts, it is a great place to learn to ski or snowboard.
For families, this resort offers reasonable pricing, gentle slopes and an almost impossible to get lost topography. All trails lead back to the same chair lift area making it easy to meet up after each run. They have a snack bar with large open fire pit, full service restaurant, and a bar area for après ski refreshments. There are many outdoor picnic tables and a large deck outside the Copper Kettle Bar and Lounge.
Bryce Resort Skiing
Skiing at the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains is just beautiful. And while there are only 5 ski trails available, there are options for everyone. Bryce focuses on being a family-friendly skiing resort which makes it especially nice if you’re bringing kids along.
If you’re kids (or you!) are beginners, Bryce Resort is a good place to go.
What’s also nice is if your group has those who wish to watch instead of ski, all the slopes funnel down to a central location so it’s easy to keep an eye on the group.
Bryce Resort Ski Lessons
If you’d like to learn how to ski or snow board before you hit the slopes, visit Bryce’s Ski school.
Bryce has two “magic carpet” lifts for beginners. The area where lessons are held is very flat and well maintained. Beginners can continue practicing here after their lessons are over.
The second carpet lift has a longer, slightly steeper slope (called “Bunny”). This slope helps beginners gain a little more practice before attempting the longer trails accessed by the chair lift.
The resort offers two types of lesson packages for kids in their Kinder School.
Option #1 is for skiers ages 4.5 to 7-years-old and option #2 is for snowboarders ages 6 to 7.
Both options offer a 2-hour lesson, full-day access ticket and helmet. There are several start times that vary between 9am and 2pm.
Private lessons are $180 which include. If there is a group of 2-5 kids, the rate is $96 per child and the group lesson is $160.
Kinder School Four and a half to seven year olds can sign up for the Kinder School Half Day Program. This program combines ski instruction with snack breaks and indoor play. The cost of the half-day session is $59, cost with rental package is $74. Weekend only packages are available for six and seven year olds who are interested in snowboarding.
Private lessons start at $100 for ages 3+. This will give one-one-one time so the lesson can be tailored to your needs.
Lastly, Bryce offers a ‘First Time Package’ for first-time skiers and snowboarders who are ages 8 and up. The lesson includes a 60-minute private lesson, equipment rental with skis or board with boots and helmet and full-day access ticket.
Bryce Resort Snow Tubing
Bryce Resort snow tubing is a whole lot of fun! The three tubing lanes are 800-feet long each which makes for a fast and fun ride down.
Tickets are $31 per person for a 90-minute session. Sessions start every half hour so you don’t have to wait and only 40 tickets are sold at a time. A conveyor belt will quickly take you back up to the top of the hill so you can spend all your time soaring down the lanes.
See snow tubing hours below.
Restrictions: children must be at least 4 years old and 36″ tall to ride.
Ice Skating at Bryce Resort
Since you’re already out in the snow, why not add on ice skating? Bryce Resort has an ice skating rink and when you show your snow tubing ticket, you can pick-up a skate rental for only $8.
Tickets give you 1-hour access to the rink and your time doesn’t start until you step on the ice.
Bryce Mountain Resort Lift Tickets
When it comes to tickets, you have several options. As with most ski resorts, if you can visit during the week, you’ll save big. Let’s look at your options…
Keep in mind, you’ll want to make sure to make advance registrations online regardless of which tickets work best for you.
Early season weekday tickets are the cheapest you’ll find. These tickets are good from opening day thru December 23rd. Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for kids and seniors. Early season weekend tickets are $55 for adults and $50 for kids.
During the regular season (December 24th and after), weekday passes are $47 for adults and $42 for kids. The bunny slopes is $32 for adults and $27 for kids.
Night skiing, which starts at 4:30pm, is also available and is $38 for adults and $28 for kids and seniors.
Lift tickets can be purchased for either a full (8 hour flex) or half day (4 hour flex). Military discounts are available for all active duty and their dependents on all lift tickets. The resort also has night skiing packages on Wednesday thru Saturday evenings from 4:30 to 8:45pm. Ski and snowboard rentals are available onsite and lockers to store your shoes can be purchased for $1.00.
If you don’t have your own ski or snow boarding gear, don’t worry! You’ll be able to rent equipment directly at the resort. Rentals include helmets (although you can rent those separately). Full day gear rental is $56 for adults and $50 for kids.
Night time equipment rental is $40 for adults and $35 for kids.
Where is Bryce Ski Resort
All of Bryce Resorts 400-acres are located on the northern edge of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Bryce Resort is located off of Interstate 81 and is only a 2-hour drive from the metro DC area.
The address is: 1982 Fairway Dr, Basye, VA 22810
Bryce Resort Hours
If you’re heading to Bryce Resort to snow, ski or snow tube, here are the hours:
- Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 4:30pm
- Friday – Saturday 9am – 8:30pm
- Holiday: hours vary so check directly with the resort
For snow tubing, the hours are:
- Monday – Thursday: 11am – 1:30pm
- Friday: 11am – 8:30pm
- Saturday: 9am – 8:30pm
- Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm
- Holidays: 9am – 8:30pm
Where to Stay Near Bryce Resort
There are condo/house rentals with two night minimums on winter weekends in the immediate Basye area.
Most area hotels are found in either New Market or Woodstock, VA about 25-minutes away.
Parking at the resort is free and a “courtesy shuttle” (i.e. golf cart) is available to help get your family (and all of its gear) to the ticket window.
Time to Visit
We found Bryce Resort to be a perfect first ski experience for our girls. Gentle slopes, few crowds and a well maintained trails provided an excellent recipe for a fun winter day!