One of my favorite activities from the weekend was Northern Lights Snow Tubing. Massanutten is home to many snow sports, including skiing, ice skating, freestyle skiing and snow tubing! Snow tubing is fun for the whole family and with group tubing, achieved by tying individual tubes together, or racing in side by side tracks the entertainment is endless. When the sun goes down the snow tubing tracks are illuminated by color-changing lights and music blasts from speakers, creating a winter wonderland dance party as you sail down the hills.
Pro Tip: Check availability for snow tubing as well as specially designated Northern Lights Snow Tubing sessions to ensure you are able to participate in this not-to-miss adventure. We also recommend buying your tickets ahead of time as time slots fill up quickly!
The events of the Snow Moon Festival culminate with a parade, the lighting of a torch, and a fireworks display on Saturday night! The Torchlight Slope Parade begins soon after all the lights on the mountain are turned off. Then high atop one of the more challenging runs, expert skiers begin their descent down the mountain in the darkness while carrying long poles on the ends of which are lit red flares. From the comfort of Base Camp festival goers are able to watch the skiers gracefully make their way down the trail. At the base of the slope the skiers set light to the Snow Moon Festival torch, signaling the start of a fireworks display! After the Torchlight Parade revelers are invited to the Live at the Lodge Party featuring live music from local artists.
The first event of our final day in Massanutten is one that is exclusive to Snow Moon Festival. Each year a select brave few sign up to take: the Polar Plunge. Benefiting Therapeutic Adventures the Polar Plunge fundraiser has participants jump in to a 45 degree pool and swim across it if they dare. I elected to participate in the event and thus kicked off my day with a brisk swim! As previously mentioned the Polar Plunge is part of the Snow Moon Festival, and supports a wonderful cause. If you find yourself in Massanutten during the Festival be sure to consider signing up!
My reward for braving the cold pool was a brunch buffet at the Campfire Grill. Here you can enjoy breakfast favorites and even build your own waffle at a station complete with whipped cream and fruit toppings. During brunch we were able to enjoy a view of the snow flurries that were passing through the area, fitting for the final day of Snow Moon Festival.