Distance from Washington: 154 miles (about three hours)
Average snow: 30 inches
Average season length: 100 days
Price: High-season weekend lift ticket is $76 (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
Best for: A group that includes non-skiers. If you've never strapped on a pair of skis before, try Wintergreen's snow tubing course, which is the largest in Virginia. On milder days, golfers can hit the links at Stoney Creek golf course. And new this fall is an 800-foot zip line.
-- Becky Krystal (November 2009)