The Homestead Ski Resort

The Homestead Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Virginia in USA. The resort is in the town of Free Union, VA.

The Homestead is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with The Homestead Ski Resort.

The Homestead Lodging:

The Homestead Ski Resort Terrain Overview

The Homestead has a total of 9 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The Homestead is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 45 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 18 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
45(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

The Homestead Ski Resort Elevation

The Homestead Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 3,200 feet, or 975 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 2,500 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 700 feet (213 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The Homestead's summit elevation is about average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are quite a bit higher, but also many that are much, much smaller.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
3,200'(975 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
700'(213 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
2,500'(762 m)

The Homestead Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
36.8out of 100
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The Homestead can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 66% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

The Homestead has 45 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

The Homestead is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 34% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 66%.
34%(15 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
33%(15 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
33%(15 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is The Homestead Ski Resort good for beginners?

The Homestead can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 66% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

The Homestead Ski Resort Location

The Homestead Ski Resort is located in the state of Virginia, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Free Union, VA.

Free Union, VA 22940 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
38.15000, -78.57000

Getting to The Homestead Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (The Homestead Ski Resort), its coordinates of 38.15000, -78.57000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Free Union, VA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to The Homestead Ski Resort.

Washington Dulles International AirportIADWashington, DC81 mi
Richmond International AirportRICRichmond, VA81 mi
Ronald Reagan Washington National AirportDCAWashington, DC96 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to The Homestead.

Charlottesville Albemarle AirportCHOCharlottesville, VA6 mi
Shenandoah Valley Regional AirportSHDStaunton/Waynesboro/Harrisonburg, VA19 mi
Lynchburg Regional Preston Glenn FieldLYHLynchburg, VA66 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to The Homestead Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of The Homestead Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
MassanuttenMassanutten, VA2,925 ft43%20 mi
WintergreenNellysford, VA3,515 ft46%25 mi
Bryce ResortMount Jackson, VA1,750 ft25%42 mi
Timberline Four SeasonsDavis, WV4,268 ft35%76 mi
Canaan ValleyDavis, WV4,280 ft47%80 mi

The Homestead Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation3,200 ft
Base Elevation2,500 ft
Vertical Drop700 ft
(34% Beginner,  33% Intermediate,  33% Expert)
Skiable Acres45
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
The Homestead Ski Resort Mountain Stats