The most relaxing way to enjoy mountain foliage from top to bottomNovember 2, 2016
Relax on a serene chairlift for stirring, high-altitude views!
Before the snow sets in, catch the scarlet and canary-yellow leaves at Winterplace Ski Resort. Hop aboard their chairlifts and snap some photos for the best Flat Top Mountain vistas.
Take a fall ride!
Winterplace certainly lives up to its name; with 20 snowtubing lanes and 27 slopes for skiing and snowboarding, it’s one of West Virginia’s largest resorts. But “leaf-peeping” season is exhilarating on the slopes, too. The altitude— more than 3,500 feet— means fast color changes. Plus, you’ll get to survey miles of unbroken forests!
Once you reach the top, dismount for another surprise: the Huff Knob Fire Tower. Spindly structures like these used to be crucial for spotting fires. There are several in West Virginia, although most are historical curiosities.
Before you hit the slopes, keep in mind:
- Lift tickets cost just $7 for adults and $5 for kids (plus tax.)
- You need to be taller than 38 inches to ride.
- Chairlifts are open all month from Friday to Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.
If breathing in earthy, intoxicatingly fresh air whets your appetite, refreshments aren’t far from your ride.
Mickey’s Mountain Cafe has hot, affordable fare right by Lift 1. Menu options cover all the classics like hot dogs and burgers— so they really hit the spot. And if you can’t get enough of that spicy autumn weather, you can soak up more scenery on the porch.
Winterplace’s mid-slope restaurant, The MountainHouse, is ideal for lounging. The stone fireplace invites you to linger with tea or hot chocolate, while wide windows reveal sweeping mountain landscapes. You can also warm up with chili and soup from a fairly extensive menu.
The Snowdrift Lounge is another option, especially if you don’t have tots in tow. Order a refreshing beer (or something punchier) from the bar, or hang around listening to live music.
Or, wait ‘till winter
Winterplace’s official season starts in December, and crews have snowmaking equipment in case the real stuff doesn’t cooperate. Look forward to nighttime skiing, 2 terrain parks, multiple slopes and more than 90 acres of outdoor thrills.
Extend your stay with a Winterplace cabin. Each one has wifi and cozy amenities, including hot breakfast.
What’s your favorite New River Gorge leaf peeping spot?