Bryce Resort

1982 Fairway Dr, Basye , VA (Driving Directions to Bryce Resort)
Last Updated: 10/22/2016 11:28 PM

Bryce Resort Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 3 Beginner
  • 4 Intermediate
  • 1 Advanced
Bryce Resort is a gem of the Shenandoah Valley, just 2 hours from Washington D.C. They have 100% snowmaking coverage on their 8 trails and is a great spot for beginners and families to get out on the snow. They have a bevy of additional activities and are truly a year round resort. From a multi-stage zip ... line course to bungee jump to grass skiing, Bryce truly has it all! Read more

Bryce Resort Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Bryce Resort Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 5

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 8

Weekend Hours


Bryce Resort Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

1,250 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

500 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

1,750 ft

Bryce Resort Ski Pictures and Photos

Bryce Resort Logo
Bryce Resort Trail Map

Bryce Resort Reviews & Tips (10)

We went to Bryce for night skiing on the first Saturday of March and had a great time. First, it was a great bargain, rentals and night lift ticket for under $40 is pretty much impossible to beat. Second, it was pretty easy to get to. The signage is non-existent, but AT&T data never dropped off and gave us accurate directions all the way there (some reviews have said they got bad directions from GPS, but our's were fine). Third, there was close to no wait time, both getting our rental equipment (probably waited 5 minutes), and never waited more than two chairs to ride the lifts. The slopes were a tad congested near the top a couple of times, I'm guessing because all the natural snow had melted and the trails were somewhat narrow (top of Red Eye until where Bootlegger starts), but that was pretty minor and easily avoided if you just waited a few minutes. Trail conditions were so-so. White Lightning and Lecher Bowl were pretty icy, but decent snow on Red Eye, Bootlegger and Revenuer's Run. Didn't go get a chance to go down Hangover before they shut it down (WL and Hangover are the only two trails that aren't lit for night skiing). They only had one chair lift going, but it was never crowded. Probably a 7 minute ride up the hill. Trails are definitely short, even for the east coast, but they are all fun runs and I didn't get bored during our 4 hours there. I doubt you'd want to go to Bryce for a full weekend, but for day or half day it's perfect (close to DC, nearly empty slopes, cheap rentals and tickets). A friend of ours who usually goes to Massanutten said that while she prefers that over Bryce, she had a great time and would go again, especially for the cheaper tickets and shorter drive. Staff were friendly and helpful. We didn't get food or drinks from the lodge, so I can't comment on them.
Bryce Resort review written Mar 08 2016 - 09:35 AM
Punk Wonk Mike Beginner Skier
I have been to Bryce twice this year. The last time I visited it was 1989 and I was 6 years old. Twenty seven years later, I took my 12 year old nephew here for night skiing and quickly learned that he was in need of a lesson. Despite not really knowing how to ski, he still had a wonderful time and was smiling about it for weeks afterwards. He had such a great time, his 8 year old sister said she wanted to try skiing also. Since he had such a great time, I decided to bring both my niece and nephew for the first time ski package. I was truly impressed with their staff. The ski school staff was wonderful, both Stuart and Samantha (Sam) were excellent. My nephew was going down the big green run over and over the rest of the afternoon. He said he had the most fun he has had in his entire life. Bryce ski school is as good as Sun Valley, Idaho, where I learned to ski in the 1980s and early 1990s. I would definitely recommend it. While Bryce may have not have tons of black diamonds runs, to cater to the advanced skier, they definitely have a great atmosphere and great staff. The skiing for a beginner and/or intermediate skier will be challenging enough for an afternoon of skiing. I won't wait 27 years to come back.
Bryce Resort review written Feb 25 2016 - 08:45 PM
EML Beginner Skier
Absolutely do not try to use your GPS navigation on your phone to find the resort you will get hopelessly lost. It kept routing me to various driveways and in circles. Once we got there everything was great, the weather, the staff, the slopes. If your going in March call ahead to find out what availabilty there is for certain things. The night skiing was already finished for the season and tubing was on weekends only.
Bryce Resort review written Mar 15 2015 - 04:37 PM
Tracey T Intermediate Skier
Bryce IS Nice! This was the third day on skis this season for my 13 year old daughter and me (having skied Wintergreen and Massanutten previously). Since the whole family is going up to Okemo for Martin Luther King weekend, I thought it would be a good idea to get everyone a day on skis. My wife hasn't skied in 20 years, and my six year old has never skied. Liftopia was nice enough to have some really cut-rate deals for New Year's Day, so we figured we'd call it an early night on New Year's Eve and ring in the new year on the slopes. Driving up from Richmond, VA, I wondered if it would be worth the extra hour's drive as we rolled right past Massanutten. If we hadn't prepaid for Bryce, I don't know that we'd have kept going. But I'm glad we did. Yes, Bryce is tiny, but everyone there is amazingly friendly. I'd been corresponding with Horst Locher (ski school director and one of the family that runs the resort) via email about the ski wee program, so I expected a personal touch, but Bryce really exceeded my expectations. The guys in the rental shop were wonderful, helping my wife get outfitted. The staff at the ski school desk were very accommodating, rescheduling my 13 year old's private lesson when we were running a little later than expected. Her instructor was excellent, and my daughter had progressed noticeably when we met up after her lesson. The young women running the ski wee program were phenomenal. When we met for lunch after the first session, my six year old demanded that she go back in for the afternoon session. Who was I to say no? My wife took the learn-to-ski class and really enjoyed it. Her instructor was extremely patient and encouraging. To be honest, my wife is not much of a winter sports enthusiast. I expected to find her in the lodge with some coffee and a book when her lesson ended. Instead, she was excited and ready to get back on the hill (well, the carpet slopes). Bryce is known for their ski school, and they did not disappoint. Once I got everyone into their lessons, it was time for me to get my gear and get out onto the hill. Two gentlemen in golf carts were shuttling people from the parking lot to the lodge. In all my years of skiing, I've never seen something like this. The fact that the lot is only about a hundred yards from the lodge made this all the more surprising. The ski area itself is fairly small, but lots of fun to ski for advanced beginners and intermediates. The stats list three green trails, but that includes the two bunny slopes off the carpet lifts. In actuality, there's really only one green trail served by a chairlift. But it's fairly long and has a few spots with a little bit of pitch. All-in-all, the skiing compares fairly favorably to the trails served by the Big Acorn lift at Wintergreen. Perhaps they're not as long, but they're definitely entertaining. The one black diamond is very short, but it's a fun little steep shot. You're not going to get the steep and deep here, but you can make up for it by yo-yoing up and down the hill. The crowd was so small, they didn't even open the double chair, and there were still no lift lines. Some things I noticed: - Everyone was smiling ear to ear. People were having fun. - Families with kids were everywhere. This is a family-oriented place. - Most everyone there really seemed to be able to ski well. Sparse crowds definitely helped, but you didn't see the preponderance of out-of-control idiots that you see at Wintergreen and Massanutten. Bryce has a great race program, and I saw several kids in team jackets skiing very fast, but skiing well and in complete control. - The snow was great. They'd made a ton of snow (being a little farther north DOES make a difference), and the bright sun that day softened everything up and gave us spring-like conditions. - This is a leave-your-bag-under-the-table kind of place, which I love. I always worry about warm days and bring waaaaaaay too much gear. Being able to stick it under a picnic table and leave it there all day with no worries is so nice. Every other run, someone was taking something off and shoving it in the duffel bag under the table, which was about 20 yards from the lift. No, it's not luxurious, and I don't know if I'd want to spend several days there, but I would not hesitate to go back to Bryce for another fun day on the snow with my family (especially if I can catch another deal where I can get $40 tickets).
Bryce Resort review written Jan 26 2014 - 06:23 PM
Mike E. Intermediate Skier
My sister and I had never heard of Bryce before, but found it on Liftopia while looking for deals in Virginia. I can safely say that it's the smallest mountain I've been on, but I can also say it had one of the best community atmospheres I've felt anywhere. When we arrived, they were in the middle of a cookout fundraiser for the local ski team! It was really nice to know that there was really a community there. Despite there not being natural snow, the runs were fun. The green trails were easy, and the blues were just the right level for my first time ever down a blue. The trails never felt overcrowded, despite there being a regular number of people constantly moving through. The lodge was small compared to some other locations, but just right given the size of the mountain. There is a lovely central fireplace that is perfect for cozying up with a warm drink. This is a wonderful small mountain, and perfect for families.
Bryce Resort review written Mar 12 2013 - 09:10 AM
Renee S. Beginner Snowboarder
Bryce is a great place for an advanced beginner or intermediate skier. It does not offer much for the very beginners for the experts. When we went it was not crowded which was a big plus.
Bryce Resort review written Feb 20 2013 - 02:45 PM
Gretchen Intermediate Skier
Great place for the kids to learn. Unfortunately, we were hamstrung by one limitation; there is no daycare-type facility for kids younger than four. So, one parent ends up sitting while the other skis. Other resorts like Massanutten, which is nearby, offer children's programs (AKA daycare) while the rest of the family is skiing. We haven't tried it yet but will do so on our next snow trip out of the city.
Bryce Resort review written Feb 05 2013 - 05:17 PM
Rod S Beginner Skier
Bryce was fun!!!
Bryce Resort review written Feb 04 2013 - 04:29 PM
anonymous Intermediate Skier
Bryce is a great place to to bring the family. They are a VERY family friendly resort and allow parents to be on the slopes without skis to help their children master the slopes. Everything is focused on the family and how to make it a place for them to want to be. After skiing at several resorts in the past two years in Virginia this is the place that my kids like to go. Warning on the Red eye it is not a slope to take lightly for a new skiier. Make sure you have mastered the Bunny slope before taking the lift up to the redeye. This slope I would label as an beginner advance slope. Staff is very friendly and always willing to help out if they see a need or a possible way to better someone.
Bryce Resort review written Dec 31 2012 - 02:13 PM
Marsha Beginner Skier
I live here, and it reminds me of a little of Snoqualmie Pass - I only ride at night. Daytime can be crowded, with only two lifts, except at lunch and right around closing for day tickets. Though small, it's a fun place, with a great bowl up top, and two medium trails. It has one very long green trail, which can get a bit crowded, but its easy to avoid the crowds, just join me at night... If you have kids, the "learn to ride" section is apart from the rest of the hill, and has some great instructors (I don't know any kids but have had many kids of relatives come and learn to ride). I would think that if you want to learn to ride or ski, this would be a great place to start. Not too crowded to be unpleasant, and just large enough to satisfy a beginner. There are two great casual restaurants on the hill, and other options off site. No hotel, but numerous chalet rentals to fit any size family. There is a new lift this (2012) season, which will be great at night (when I'm pretty much alone up there) riding circles until the place closes down. With 100% coverage, they always have snow. I was at Wintergreen (another VA resort) last season and overheard a bunch of staff complaining loudly amongst themselves about Bryce being open so early and so late in the season... A note - it has a world-class rainbow trout stream onsite, tons of trout, bass and smallie fishing in the off season within 10 miles. It's not just for winter sports. Come See for yourself.
Bryce Resort review written Nov 29 2012 - 04:28 PM
Jim D Advanced Snowboarder

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