Does the idea of a day of skiing without having to drive appeal to you? If it does, grab a few friends and charter a ride to the slopes!

No-hassle skiing is available to you simply by contacting a local charter company and arranging for a day of skiing without the problem of checking to make sure your car is ready for the trip. Or having to sit in your car in a traffic jam to reach the slopes that you like! You can leave the driving to a professional driver and arrive relaxed and ready to enjoy whatever you may like to do at your ski area of choice!

There are many charter companies, but several are located in Northern Virginia which will help keep your costs low. You can contact Reston Limousine at 703.478.0500 (www.restonlimo.com). Universal Bus, located in Vienna, can be reached at 703.823.0000 (www.universalbuscharter.com).  Another company is Reston Coach at 703.444.4458 (www.restoncoach.com).

Each of these companies is a member of Virginia Tourism Corporation which adds a level of comfort to your planning. And each company also has a variety of vehicles available – accommodating a group of 15 to a full busload of more than 40. It is highly recommended that you call and talk with the company representative to book a charter group.

All of Virginia’s 4 major ski areas – Bryce, Massanutten, Wintergreen, and Homestead – offer group rates on ski lift tickets and rentals, so you’ll save money, time and most important, stress in getting to and from the slopes! You can also request that special needs be accommodated at Virginia’s ski areas. Surrounding states also have great skiing, and your charter bus company can take you there as well. Just ask!

Bryce Resort, located in Basye VA, is great for families with beginning or intermediate skiers. It also offers snow tubing and night skiing among other amenities. Enjoy après ski dining at the Copper Kettle Bar and Lounge. Contact Bryce at www.bryceresort.com.

Massanutten Resort, located in McGaheysville VA, boasts a spa, indoor water park, snowboarding and tubing, ice skating and night skiing. A choice of dining is available. You can learn more about the resort at www.massresort.com.

Wintergreen in Central Virginia is about a 3-hour drive from Northern Virginia, and offers double, triple, quad and 6-person lifts as well as ice skating, snow tubing, spa facilities, and night skiing. Dining is available at the Copper Mine or Bistro. Contact information is at www.wintergreenresort.com.

Omni Homestead, a 4-star resort in Hot Springs VA, offers skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and tubing, as well as a full spa in the luxury hotel. The Homestead offers many choices for dining. For more about the Homestead, contact www.omnihotels.com