Sure, mountain resorts are considered winter destinations — and the snowy scenery seems to mimic that of a movie — but the off-season views and attractions are top-notch, too. And there is no better way to take in the greenery and changing landscapes than from the top of a chairlift. Lucky for us, these resorts offer scenic rides throughout the off-season.
While Massanutten is beautiful in the winter (especially with a fresh blanket of snow), you don’t want to sleep on those stunning summer and autumn views. During the off-season, the resort opens its chairlift back up so riders can take in a panoramic view of the mountains and villages during a 90-minute ride to the top of Massanutten Peak. 1822 Resort Dr., Massanutten
A bird’s eye view looking down the Allegheny Mountains is definitely something that should be on your summer bucket list. This scenic ride provides incredible views of the valley below, and just imagine the incredible mountain views once the leaves start to change. Once at the top of the lift, riders can choose to take a ride back to the bottom or get off for a 2-mile hike back to base camp. 230 Main Lodge Rd., Davis
While you’re exploring the surrounding area, make sure to block off a quick 10 minutes to enjoy the scenery from the resort’s chairlift. The views of the Shenandoah Valley, North Mountain, and West Virginia border from the round trip are unmatched. 1982 Fairway Dr., Basye
Get an up-close and personal view of the wildlife and surrounding ecosystem that make up Snowshoe, West Virginia from the treetops. From the beautiful, green spruce forests that surround the resort to the occasional white tail deer or black bear, this scenic ride is the perfect way to safely explore nature. 10 Snowshoe Dr., Snowshoe
If you’re vacationing near Deep Creek Lake, plan a trip to the resort for a day of land-based activities. While the mountain coaster and challenge course will most likely be on your things-to-do list, a trip up the mountain in the chairlift is a must. Once you hit the peak, riders can choose to hike one of the trails, head to the whitewater course, or enjoy a relaxing ride back down. 296 Marsh Hill Rd., McHenry
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