Bryce Resort in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is one of those ski mountains that has truly morphed into a four season resort. We had a chance to check it out last summer when we were visiting the Shenandoah Valley on our two-week road trip through Virginia. After plenty of time exploring the outdoors and learning about history, it was time for some light-hearted fun — and a chance to try something new.

In Quebec City, we had a chance to go snow tubing — but grass tubing? Now that sounded fun. And ziplining? I’ve been ziplining a few times but Hannah’s only time was when we were in Costa Rica a few years ago and she has been wanting to go back. If we had more time, we could have also tried mountain biking, used the rock climbing wall, jumped on the Euro Bungy, or enjoyed some of their nature trails. Some of the summer fun at Bryce Resort also includes grass skiing, mountain boarding, golf, or even boating at Lake Laura Beach.

Grass tubing at Bryce Resort in Virginia

We started off our day ziplining. Since we were there at the end of the summer, mid-week after the local kids were back to school, it wasn’t crowded at all and we were the only ones on our tour. After a short safety briefing and training, we were on the lift and headed to the top of the mountain. The way the zipline course is laid out, you take the ski lift up the mountain and then a series of 11 zips criss-cross the mountain and bring you back down to the bottom.

Ziplining at Bryce Resort in Virginia

Ziplining at Bryce Resort is simple. They have an automatic braking system that means you don’t have to brake by hand, but also means you won’t crash into the tree or platform. Each tour goes with at least two guides, one in front and one behind, so someone is always there to help you. While some of the zips soar 80 feet above the ground and go up to 40 mph, they are really fun and easy — not at all scary, but with just enough thrill for the average adventure-seeker.

Ziplining at Bryce Resort in Virginia

What you need to know about the Bryce Resort Zipline:

  • You’ll need to wear closed toe shoes and tie back long hair. Long/cropped pants or shorts above the knee are preferred for best comfort (we wore yoga / bike shorts)
  • Kids need to be eight years or older and at least 70 lbs (with a max of 230 lbs)
  • Bryce Resort provides the harness, helmet and gloves — but I would suggest some lice spray for the helmet because, you never know!
  • Reservations should be made in advance
  • Sessions run for 1.25 to 2 hours, and start at 11am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
  • Tickets are $52 per person, but check the website for current prices and rates

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Grass Tubing at Bryce Resort

When we finished up our ziplining adventure, we moved on to grass tubing. This is a bit like snow tubing, but on grass. The grass tubing takes place over on what must be the bunny hill during ski season, and uses the magic carpet to pull you (and your tube) up to the top. Once at the top, you have a choice of two slides. To make the run smoother (and faster), they apply a silicone gel to the bottom on the tube to reduce friction.

I’m such a chicken when it comes to rides that have drops or sudden acceleration, so I was nervous on that first go but it wasn’t too fast or too scary for this wimp. In fact, if it wasn’t for a few bumps on the bottom and how hot it was that day, I would have been in for more than just a few runs. Instead, I was happy to stand by and watch the smiles whizz by as Hannah went again and again.

What you need to know about grass tubing at Bryce Resort:

  • You need to keep your legs up at you go so they don’t scrape against the sides
  • The heavier you are, the more likely you will be to bump bottom along the way
  • Wear sunscreen and bug spray
  • They have a water cooler but it wouldn’t hurt to bring insulated water bottles to stay hydrated
  • Tubing is open for those four and up
  • Tickets are $12 per session
  • Note: not all activities are available every day so be sure to call ahead for the latest schedule!
  • When you need a break, Bryce offers a full service restaurant featuring burgers, sandwiches, salads and more

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Summer fun at Bryce Resort near Shenandoah Virginia includes grass tubing, ziplining, bungy, rock walls and even more

 

Note: Our activities were hosted by Bryce Resort for purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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