Best Ski Slopes For Kids Near Washington, D.C.

February 13, 2015 8:00 AM

Washington DC may not have mountains for skiing, but there are plenty of ski resorts in the area. From West Virginia to Pennsylvania, the surrounding states are home to some amazing ski slopes. Adults love the challenging slopes, but there are also some kid-friendly slopes as well. Here are the best ski slopes for kids near Washington, D.C.

Snowshoe Ski Resort
10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, WV 26209
(304) 572-1000

The Snowshoe Ski Resort is one of the best overall resorts in the region. With 57 trails, six parks, restaurants, shopping, shuttle service and more, guests give the resort rave reviews. An excellent ski resort for adults, it is also really fun for children. Whether it’s the winter or summer, kids have plenty of activities to choose from. There are lessons designed for kids pre-teen and under, and group lessons designed for kids 13 and over. Your kids will learn proper technique and make friends doing it.

Whitetail Ski Resort
13805 Blairs Valley Rd.
Mercersburg, PA 17236
(717) 328-9400

Learning and practicing can be tedious even when it’s something you like to do. Whitetail Ski Resort makes learning how to ski fun for kids. Through various programs, Whitetail keeps your kids engaged and motivated. For kids who don’t want to spend their free time playing video games, there are Kids Mountain Camps, Whitetailers, Nitetailers, private lessons and more. Kids of all ages can learn the fundamentals, advanced techniques and, most importantly, how to practice safe skiing.

Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Rd.
McHenry, MD 21541
(301) 859-3159

Football, basketball and soccer are all great sports for kids to play, but some kids are more into winter sports. Wisp Resort recognizes that some kids love snow sports like skiing. The resort offers kids programs with a mission to get kids outdoors. The program has two options, a full-day and a half-day program. Both include equipment, lift tickets and instruction, but the full day includes lunch as well. Enrolling your kids in one of the programs will keep them active, build their confidence and maybe start them on a path to the Olympics.

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Liberty Mountain Resort
78 Country Club Trail
Fairfield, PA 17320
(717) 642-8282

Most resorts offer some sort of kids package, whether they are special lessons or discounts. Liberty Mountain Resort goes above and beyond with its Children’s Learning Center programs including Mountain Adventurers, lessons, camps, Ski With Me and more. For the kids who want to ski more often than just on vacation, the camps teach them what they need to know. Mountain Adventurers is for the kids who have some proven experience, from age 8 to 12. Your kids will learn life skills and make lasting memories.

Massanutten Resort
1822 Resort Drive
McGaheysville, VA 22840
(540) 289-9441

Four may seem like a young age to start skiing, but just like many activities, starting your kids early is beneficial. At that age, they soak up everything like a sponge, so it’s a great time for them to learn sports. The Massanutten Resort has the Mountain Cruisers Children’s Program — skiing lessons for children ages 4 to 12. The program is so sought after that reservations are required. Get your kid into one of the best skiing programs in the area.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on