A Winter Weekend in Mercer County

Last updated: November 17, 2023

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If the winter weather has you begging for more outdoor adventures, look no further! Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and more await at Winterplace Ski Resort, a short drive from Mercer County. Spend your days hitting the slopes, and then head to our area for relaxing accommodations, unique attractions and delicious local cuisine! With affordable lodging, food, and entertainment, staying in Mercer County offers an exciting winter getaway that won’t break the bank. 

Planning a weekend somewhere new can be a bit daunting, but don’t worry! We have a few Winterplace favorites — straight from the source — to get you started. 


According to Tom Wagner, executive vice president of Winterplace, one of the reasons people plan trips to Winterplace is because of its convenience. The ski resort is located two minutes off of I-77, and it is just 30 minutes away from Princeton and 40 minutes from Bluefield. 

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Mountain Features (Beginners Welcome!)  

Winterplace was voted the top place to learn to ski and snowboard in the southeast by Blue Ridge Outdoors. The resort is ideal for people just getting into winter sports. But, whether you are a beginner or an avid snow enthusiast, Winterplace has you covered. The resort offers 27 slopes, one terrain park, 10 lifts and the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia. Snow tubing is very popular for families and people unsure about skiing or snowboarding because the only skill needed is the ability to sit down.  

Learn-to-Ski & Snowboard

If you have never been skiing or snowboarding before, you’re at the right resort! The Learn-to-Ski & Snowboard program at Winterplace is the perfect environment for beginners and families. Priding themselves on this tradition, the professional instructors offer an educational lesson to get you feeling comfortable with skiing or snowboarding. This 90-minute group lesson, which includes a lift ticket and equipment rental, will provide you with the skills needed to explore the rest of the mountain on your own. It can be used as a multi-visit program or as a one-time program. The unique aspect of learning to ski or snowboard at Winterplace is that they use a terrain-based learning method, which allows people to naturally progress through different snow features to reduce fear and anxiety. Lastly, these lessons are guaranteed — that means you can take them again for free if you still need help! 

Once you’re good and tired from your outdoor trek, come relax in Mercer County! 

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Spend time in the Mercer Street Grassroots District

Spend your evening taking in the artistic elegance of the Grassroots District. Enjoy a craft beer at the Sophisticated Hound Brewing Company, treat yourself to a coffee at Appalachia Coffee House.

Adventure through Mercer County

If you’re not much of a snow person, or can’t wait to visit again, Mercer County is the perfect destination for any season. Enjoy the rich history of Bramwell, go for a hike at Camp Creek State Park or hop on an ATV and enjoy the famous Hatfield-McCoy Trail. Take a look at our itineraries to help plan your Mercer County vacation any time of the year! 

Start planning your winter weekend getaway with Winterplace Ski Resort and Mercer County today!