Best Ski Vacations From Washington, D.C.

Philip Duncan, Snowshoe Mountain
Though the "Beltway" sounds somewhat like a chairlift, D.C. residents actually have to work to get their turns. Fortunately, the Appalachians aren't too far away from the swamplands and estuaries that characterize our nation's capital. Indeed, just past Virginia is something called the Mountaineer State: West Virginia. Once they attach skis or a snowboard to their feet, Beltway types can aspire to shred like famous predecessors Gerald Ford, Dan Quayle and Richard Holbrooke.

Best Place for a Day Ski Trip from Washington, D.C.: Whitetail Resort, Pennsylvania
  • Miles from city center: 89
  • Adult 1-day lift ticket (peak season): $69
Located on the border of Pennsylvania and Maryland, Whitetail beckons with 23 trails, 9 lifts and a relatively healthy 935 feet of vertical. Bolstered by the large populations of the Eastern Seaboard, Whitetail has invested heavily in its amenities and infrastructure and boasts a sports shop, Internet café, two food courts/dining areas and even slopeside lodging.

Best Place for a Weekend Ski Trip from Washington, D.C.:Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia
  • Miles from city center: 231
  • Adult 2-day lift ticket (peak season): $132.99
Snowshoe is almost as big as a New England resort, with 14 lifts, 57 trails and a summit just shy of the magical 5,000-foot mark (4,848 feet, to be precise). West Virginia has been called the westernmost eastern state and the southernmost northern state. We're gonna go with the northernmost southern state, given the honey-dipped accents you hear and the resort's tutorials on how to dress for skiing and how to drive in snow.

Lift ticket prices were accurate at the time of this writing. For current prices visit the resort websites. See ski vacation ideas from other cities here.

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