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“Foggy Adventure to the Overlook”

Massanutten Mountain
Ranked #837 of 2,548 things to do in Virginia
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Owner description: A mountain in the Massanutten Range noted for winter skiing, hiking and mountain biking.
Reviewed June 17, 2018

We were greeted by two staff members at the first ski lift who informed us of the price of the ski lift tickets. Once we acquired our tickets onto the ski lifts we went. Only one of the two ski lifts that take you to the top of the overlook was operational at the time. It was a first-time ski lift ride for me so the approach and body positioning as the chair comes up behind you was newfangled to say the least. After a few rocks back and forth, we were in the air. It was such an amazing view as we ascended up, the fog just above the tree lines and observing the 2nd ski lift quad chairs as they vanished into what appeared to be nowhere. I was able to capture great images on the way up and as we made our way to the end of the first Ski lift the gentlemen there informed to us that the 2nd Ski lift was operational and that staff would turn it on to send us to the top, so we made the 100-yard trek with excitement to the onboarding section of the 2nd Ski lift. Staff saw us (or was notified via radio) and turned the ski lift on and we once again, we made the same approach, body position where the feet indicators tell you, and then up on the 2nd ski lift we went. This is where our viewpoints got really interesting because from our perspective you could not see the end of the ski lift, just fog and disappearing ski lift chairs. As we approached the top we saw signs of wildlife in the area. There were deer's and beavers, and we also observed bike trails that went in and out of the woods. As we near the let off point of the 2nd ski lift we were greeted by a couple of staff members who were super nice and made friendly jokes as we got of the lifts. They told us to enjoy the hike up to the Overlook and pointed us in the right directions. We observed some of their staff on mountain bikes clearly dressed in clothing to identify they were part of the resort staff which was comforting when in an area of the wilderness in weather conditions such as extreme fog. We also saw one staff member on an ATV and he too was friendly and greeted us as we walked by. So kudos to those guys for making us all feel safe as we explored. On the way up some of the steep hills we passed what appeared to be a communications camp for the resort. There were huge antennas and satellites and power banks or generators of some sort, so definitely go around the fences and ensure kids don’t play around that area. They do have signs up but we know how little ones can grab and touch things in the blink of an eye. We then approached something that we did not expect to see there. It was a collection of miniature cairns, little stacked up rocks that many overlook visitors have apparently created and left for others to replicate. So, we built our own little stack of rocks to continue on that tradition. It was at that point we saw the overlook, and it was with complete zero visibility. There was a hang glider platform and from our vantage point it appeared as if you could only leap into a sea of mist. After soaking up the views we made the trek back down to the ski lift and made our descent back down the mountain. I highly recommend visiting the Overlook during the Spring or Summer as we did. I’m sure it’s just a beautiful during the winter months of the year like it was during our visit. To see more pics visit my IG @nevarestthetraveler. As always, travel safely my friends.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

We went there twice once for 3 days at the resort and second time for day-use, both times we enjoyed so much with everything especially the water park which is wonderful also the kids enjoyed the outdoor games.
just waiting for the schools to be over to come again many times this summer.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Great skiing. Staff is very professional and friendly. The lodge is a welcome break from the slopes. There is a full restaurant and bar on the second floor--There is a glass hut right at the foothills that serves drinks and food.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank pd2div
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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

We returned here for our 10year wedding anniversary and the renovations they have done were awesome. Love the outdoor restaurant and upgraded food and amenities. My 9year old joined us and also loved the slopes.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank tarasI4917ZD
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

Massanuten Resort is so fun and relaxing. We enjoy snow tubing and the water park. We go there every year and this will be the first time staying in the winter months.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Susan277KT
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