Not worth it unless you're a local!

by: SkiBadger - Feb 5, 2009

  • Overall Rating 2
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 2
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 1

    Pros: Steep terrain

    Cons: No variety in terrain & very expensive :(

    Recommended For: Singles

    Date Visited: Feb 1, 2007


Full review

Whitetail was a disappointment. I can easily ski black diamonds and double black diamonds, but I am the kind of skier that likes variety in slopes, and, therefore, also enjoys the less steep and enjoyable strolling that easy runs offer. While Whitetail offers an amazing and long easy run (Sidewinder) it's really the only one of its kind. The majority of the resort are intermediate and advanced slopes that all resemble each other. They are all pretty much straight shots down to the bottom. I don't mind one or two steep straight shots, but the whole resort is like this and there is NO variety. This is very unfortunate and gets boring after a while. Also, there chairlifts are slow, only seat up to four people (Wintergreen has two high speed six-packs!). The lodge was nice (looked new or updated), but it is very hard to find a place to sit and eat b/c the resort is packed on the weekends. I went on Presidents Day weekend, and would not recommend! Maybe another day would be less busy.

Rentals: Rentals are costly, but are your only option of course. They had cubbies and lockers (for a price) to store belongings. We used cubbies for our shoes which was convenient. The staff new what they were doing (i think), but you had to ask them for help because they are not the most outgoing. Still, it could be worse. Not mean or angry, but they could use some work on being more personable and outgoing.

Ultimately, I do not plan to head back to Whitetail ever unless I have friends that live in the area. There are better places (Wintergreen, Canaan Valley, Snowshoe, Seven Springs) that are not much farther of a drive from the D.C. area. Snowshoe of course most likely requires an overnights stay. While the other 3 can be done in a day's worth of travel if need be.

Hope this helps!

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