Not crowded in the least, fair prices, great deals
Limited # of runs, lack of nightlife
For the first week of January this year, a number of friends and I trekked to Massanutten, which is a long drive from our homes on Long Island. I am an owner at Massanutten, and got two 2-bedroom condos up at the Summit, which was about a 2-minute drive from the slopes. The accommodations were excellent, but this review is about the snowboarding. We had the full range of snowboarders, from first-timers to relatively seasoned veterans. Massanutten's equivalent to a bunny hill was quite adequate for teaching our newcomers, though a bit tough for snowboarding because it sloped to the left, so for a regular stance, pretty much all we could teach was toe-side. After a few days on the slopes, however, almost everyone was comfortably snowboarding, so the green run turned out to work. The more difficult, truly downhill runs, proved to be icy the first two days we snowboarded, but that was no fault of the staff or management, as it was 60 degrees the week before and their machined snow had melted and frozen. Later on in the week, however, they started blowing, so by the end of the week, we were snowboarding in probably a good foot of fresh powder, which provided excellent conditions. The two terrain parks also were impressive, as there was a beginner mini-park, and a very impressive full-size park with a good number of rails and boxes.
The staff was friendly, accommodating, and conversational, all you could ask for at a mountain. I particularly liked their pricing plans, as they gave discounts for owners and had special deals for college students on certain days. Also, the tubing park was a fun break during the middle of the week when they had a half-off rate for a 2-hour session.
Only problem with Massanutten? There is very little nightlife within a short drive. It also seemed that the closest city, Harrisonburg, died at night as well, even though it is a college town (James Madison Univ.) This could be because we visited when school was not in session, I am not sure. Overall though, I would return for snowboarding, since Massanutten is a relatively unknown, uncrowded mountain that can actually throw a challenge at every rider, from a complete novice to seasoned veterans, even if it is a long drive.