Bryce Resort facts for kids
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|Nearest city||Mount Jackson, Virginia
11 mi. - (18 km)
115 mi. - (185 km)
|Vertical||500 ft - (152 m)|
|Top elevation||1750 ft - (533 m)|
|Base elevation||1250 ft - (381 m)|
50% more difficult
13% most difficult
|Lift system||2 chairlifts
- 1 quad
- 1 double
2 surface lifts
|Night skiing||All trails except for White Lighting and Hangover|
Bryce Resort is a 400-acre member-owned resort the northern part of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley that is open to the public. Opened in 1965 and located near the West Virginia border, 11 miles west of Mount Jackson, Virginia. The resort is very popular with residents of the valley, as well as families and tourists from the Washington, D.C. area, some 115 miles (185 km) away. Principal activities include skiing, golf, mountain activities, mountain biking, tennis, fishing, and water sports at Lake Laura and the resort pool.
The ski area was opened as a year-round resort by Pete and Julie Brice in 1965, seeking to attract visitors drawn to the nearby Orkney Springs, and has been in operation ever since. In December 2020 Bryce was rated one of the Top 25 family-friendly ski resorts in North America by Yelp. Due to the relatively temperate climate of northwestern Virginia, the resort relies considerably on artificial snowmaking, and was one of the first and only resorts in North America to introduce grass skiing during summer months though that activity is no longer supported. Weather permitted, golf is played year-round. The 18-hole PGA Championship course offers challenges of trees and a creek that meanders throughout.
The resort was managed by brothers Horst and Manfred Locher until 1997 and is now managed by Ryan Locher.
Facilities and Activities
Facilities at Bryce include the main lodge with the Copper Kettle restaurant, a cafeteria (only open during ski season) inside the Shenandoah Center, a full-service ski/bike rental and instruction operation, a ski shop and a golf shop. Bryce Resort boasts one of the largest ski racing teams, with over 60 racers, in the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA) league. While alpine skiing and snowboarding are the most popular winter activities, the resort also offers an 800-foot-long (244 m) snow tubing run and an ice skating ring. Summer activities include downhill mountain biking, ziplining down the slopes, golf, a driving range, a resort pool, and an artificial lake, named Lake Laura. The resort also features an airstrip with a 2,240-foot (683 m) runway, with the FAA identifier VG18.
Bryce Resort has two lifts, including a quad-chair (installed in 2012) and a double-chair, which operates less frequently. The entire mountain is accessible from the quad, while the double terminates lower down, near the top of Bootlegger and Revenuer's Run. Additionally, there are two carpet lifts on the lower slopes to cater to beginners. In 2021 Bryce opened its terrain park named Thunder Jug.
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