Get Active This Winter at Ski, Skate and Snowboard Attractions Near DC

Fight the urge to hibernate this winter by getting active at a nearby winter sports resort or ice skating rink.

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District Warf
Want to hit the ice?
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nThe Wharf Ice Rink will be open every day from Saturday, Dec. 2nd through late February, pending weather conditions. In addition to general ice skating, the Wharf's rink will also offer a live DJ on Friday nights and discounts on Mondays for neighbors with 20025 ZIP codes. Admission prices start at $8. Skate rentals cost $6.
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District Wharf
The Wharf's ice rink is open, organizers say.
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Watergate Hotel
There are plenty of ice skating rinks in and near D.C., but not many of them have views like 'Top of the Skate,' Watergate Hotel's small, but extravagant, ice rink. The rooftop rink boasts 360-degree views of the city. It will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays and from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Skate rentals are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.
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Rockville Town Square
This year, Rockville Town Square partnered with the City of Rockville, Tri-State Ice Management, and VisArts to place artwork beneath its ice. Emily Eisinger's design spans the length of the rink.
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Rockville Town Center
Rockville's rink is open seven days per week and rates range from $4-9.
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Capitol Riverfront/Canal Park Ice Rink
The Canal Park Ice Rink, located in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, opened on Opened Nov. 17th. It is open from Noon to 10 p.m. on weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m on Sundays. Skate rentals cost $5 and admission ranges from $8 to $9.n
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Reston Town Center and Pentagon Row also offer ice skating facilities. Both rinks are open seven days a week, and admission prices range from $8 to $10 at each.
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Liberty Mountain Resort
Do you prefer a more thrilling winter experience, like snowboarding? There are plenty of ski resorts within a day's drive of D.C.n
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nPossibly the most convenient resort for Washingtonians, Liberty Mountain Resort has 16 trails available for snow shredding both night and day. Liberty Mountain Resort has not yet opened for their winter season. It lists peak busy times as the week between Christmas and New Year, Martin Luther King weekend and Presidents Day Weekend. Day lift rates range from $28 to $78. Ski rentals are $52.n
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nMassanutten is another option for adrenaline junkies. Skiers have access to 70 skiable acres, including 14 runs serviced by 8 lifts. Tubers can also delight at their 900-foot-long, 125-foot-high tubing hill that offers high-walled individual lanes and a magic-carpet lift that makes it an easy trip back up to the top of the slope. Their season runs from early December through mid-March, but depends on the weather. Their lift prices start at $44. Equipment rental starts at $26.
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Wintergreen Resort
Just over an hour from Richmond and about three hours driving from Washington D.C., Wintergreen Resort is one of the closest options for winter activities. The Virginia resort offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating. Lift tickets are available in four and eight hour segments from the time of purchase. Is skiing not your thing? In December, spa guests can treat themselves to pomegranate and fig pedicures. Lift tickets average $50.
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Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Thanks to lake effect storms, high elevation and other weather patterns, annual snowfall at Showshoe Moutain Resort averages more than 180 inches. From Dec. 15, 2017 to March 11, 2018 they guarantee they will have more ski terrain at Snowshoe than any other ski mountain in the region or your next day of skiing is free. Snowshoe has the highest vertical drop in the region at 1,500 feet, and also boasts 57 trails. It a 4.5 hour drive from D.C.
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Snowshoe Resort
Adult tickets average $24 to $99 and rental prices vary by equipment. Showshoe offers lessons for children and adults.
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Wisp Resort
Wisp Resort has welcomed skiers and snowboarders in the Western Maryland mountains since 1955. It began as a modest operation with one ski slope serviced by a tow rope, but has now grown to a four-season attraction offering 34 slopes, snow tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, lodging, dining and shopping during the winter months. Lift tickets range from $24 to $59. Rental gear averages $30. In addition to traditional options, the resort also has a mountain coaster (pictured).
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