First, this is a relatively small ski area, even by VA-WV standards. Any ski trip to The Homestead is best combined with a stay at the resort.
We skiied on day #2 of this season. As it had been quite warm the previous week, they were only open to get the main run/lift open. Ski conditions below the mid-lift station were excellent, but that's a pretty short run. They eventually opened to the top station mid-afternoon, with Main Run (black diamond) open. It was groomed but quite packed and getting a little hard by then, especially with so few skiiers.
Even though it was Sunday during a holiday weekend, there were very few skiiers/snowboarders on the slope. We almost felt like we had the place to ourselves. My kids are beginners, and they took a private lesson with no interference at all. The instructor gets 5 stars.
In general, I would say that this should be a good resort for beginners.
The lunch fare at the Lodge was suprisingly good. About as good as one could expect for fast food.
One annoyance is that they only have one rental charge. We have our own boots, but we paid the full $35 rental for skiis, with no deduction for the boots.
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