Massanutten's summit lift drops skiers at 2,860 feet, 65 feet shy of the 2,925-foot-high summit of Massanutten Peak.

The area has 14 trails and a total of 70 skiable acres. The two longest and steepest trails are Para-Dice, 4,100 feet long, and Diamond Jim, 3,300 feet long.

Terrain is divided into 30 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, and 35 percent advanced, served by four chairs and three surface lifts. Among the offerings are a terrain park and a snow tube park.

All trails are lighted for night skiing.

The resort recounts its beginnings thus: "In 1968, John L. Hopkins II sat at a table in rural McGaheysville, in the kitchen of his great-grandfather's house. He gazed out the window that frames a spectacular view of the Massanutten Peak, and contemplated the woes of being a farmer caught in the middle of a four-year-long drought.

"Three years later, May 26, 1971, the development of 5,200 acres in Massanutten, by a group of ten investors, was announced at a luncheon held at Spotswood Country Club in Harrisonburg. And now, 30 years later, Massanutten Village is a thriving four-season resort and community of over 1,000 single family homes, 1,300 timesharing units, and a multi-million dollar ski business."

(As an aside, there seems little essential difference between farming cows and crops, and farming snow. Both are weather dependent, and there's precious little one can do beyond hoping for appropriate weather to support either activity. Maybe that's just us, though.)