Winterplace: Winter Fun For All

Winterplace Ski Resort Photo: Molly Wolff

Snow isn’t just for kids; it’s magical for adults, too! And at Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent, winter games have just begun.

Peakside playtime

With a base elevation of nearly 3,000 feet, Winterplace Ski Resort is Southern West Virginia’s premier winter destination.

For one thing, it’s vast. More than 90 acres of skiable terrain carpet the mountains. Winterplace also boasts 27 slopes; the longest, Panorama, is 1.25 miles long. Not surprisingly, you get a lot of options with that territory. More than a quarter of the slopes are geared for beginners. Roughly 40 percent are for intermediate adventurers, while another 23 percent are for experts.

You can also go snowboarding and tubing. Winterplace has a terrain park and West Virginia’s largest snow tube park: an 18-lane showstopper. No experience required! After zooming to the bottom of the slope, just hop on the carpet lift for a swift return to the top.

The enchantment continues late into the evening with nighttime sports (night skiing not available on Tuesday and Wednesday). All but one of the slopes are open. Winterplace’s terrain parks and snow tube lanes have extended hours, too. It’s such a blast, you might want to stay for the weekend. The resort has cozy cabins and several restaurants. There are also plenty of hotels  and vacation rentals nearby.

Learn the ropes on the slopes

Learn to ski! Winterplace Ski Resort. Photo: Molly Wolff

Don’t know anything about skiing or snowboarding? Winterplace has lessons for both! Terrain-based lessons expose you to fun obstacles, so learning comes naturally.

Winterplace also trains kiddies. The SkiWee and Snow Explorers Program is for anyone aged 6-12. With an enthusiastic, encouraging teacher, tykes learn basic skills in no time.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on equipment, either. Winterplace’s rental shop has brand-name skis and snowboards, boots, helmets, and bibs for adults and kids. Got your own gear? Get everything tuned up and serviced by skilled staff.

Come on out and enjoy your snow day(s)!