Virginia's ski resorts require three things: snow, a hill, and customers. Only the topography is reliable.
Climate change could alter the pattern of snowfall, and create warmer winter temperatures. The demand for skiing could drop as the population ages, and older people choose less-active recreational sports. Customers may choose to visit other ski resorts with better snow conditions, such as Seven Springs/Whitetail Mountain/Ski Liberty in Pennsylvania or Canaan Valley in West Virginia.
The most unusual ski resort in Virginia is at Lynchburg. in 2009, Liberty University spent $8 million to cover Candler Mountain with a form of artificial turf to create a synthetic snow surface. The Snowflex Centre is a gleeming white hillside offering artificial skiing 12 months of the year, and was designed to provide recreational diversions at a school that bans the use of alcohol. Public use helps fund operations at the site, one of just two artificial skiing/tubing mountains in the United States.1