Massanutten Chair Lift Review

The Massanutten Chair Lift is one of our favorite day trips from DC in the Fall! Massanutten Resort is located in McGaheysville, Virginia and which is a 2.5 hrs from DC (125 miles). Located close to Shenandoah National Park, it could also be a great addition to visiting Skyline Drive. All the opening dates, ticket info, my review and tips below.

Massanutten Chair Lift Review

Opening Dates and Times:

Fall 2020 – September 1 – October 31: Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 3 pm. This year they are also open on October 11. Also note, on Saturday, October 9th, they are only open Fall Festival attendees which is an extra ticket.

Spring 2020Saturday, Sunday, & Wednesday | 10 am – 3 pm

Summer 2020Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, & Wednesday | 10 am – 3 pm

Note: The chair lift is weather dependent so I recommend calling the General Store to make sure before you arrive. All the ticket info is on their website.

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults = $14
  • Children 12 & under = $10
  • Children 5 & under (36″ minimum height requirement) | Free with adult

Tickets are available starting at 9:30 AM (not online). You buy your tickets at The General Store and take the #4 Lift halfway (slow motor so probably took about 20 mins).⁣

Massanutten Chair Lift Review:

This was an incredible ride and truly feels like a world away from the beltway! I would highly recommend it for kids who are the minimum 36 inches and higher. It is a ski lift so it is completely open on all sides. We held my son very tight the whole way.

The ride to the summit is actually 2 separate chair lifts with a halfway point. There are picnic tables , vending machines and portable restrooms at the halfway point.

The chair lifts are pretty slow and take about 15-20 minutes each. Allow about 45 minutes to go from the base to the summit. The views on the way down were stunning! We also saw a lot of deer and 1 ground hog.

Massanutten Chair Lift Review


  • There are NO food options at the stops just a drink vending machine at the midway point. We brought a picnic lunch and ate it at the half way point where they had picnic tables.⁣
  • There are 2 portable potties at the halfway point and none at the summit. ⁣
  • The Summit is at 2923 feet and there is a short hike to am overlook. We got to the Summit too close to the 3pm ride deadline, so we couldn’t make it to the overlook this time. Our only line of the day was a 15 min line to go down. ⁣
  • Next time, we would get on the mountain earlier in the morning and go all the way to the Summit first and hike and eat lunch there, then we wouldn’t have to wait in the line at the top. ⁣(And we would bring our new hiking poles which are under 25 dollars and adjustable so our kids and I can share them!)

Restrooms, Parking and COVID protocols:

  • There are 2 portable potties at the halfway point and none at the summit. ⁣
  • There are clean restrooms tucked behind the Ski Lodge.
  • Lots of parking lots as it’s a resort but be careful, the first lot we found was actually just short term.⁣
  • Unvaccinated guests and employees must wear a mask at the resort.

Other Things to Do At Massanutten Resort

There are lots of other non-ski activities at the resort and the best place to check it all out is their website here. You could spend a week with all their activities from mini golf, carriage rides, bumper cards, go karts, hiking, fishing, mountain bike riding, Indoor Water Park and more.

Since the chair lift took a while, we only had time to do the go carts. They were a ton of fun!!

(Note these pictures and prices were in 2020.)

Massanutten Resort Golf Carts

Check out my Fall Foliage Tracking List here for all the info on predictions and 18 Road Trips from DC here (including Shenandoah!)

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