Basye is a census-designated place (CDP) in Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,253 at the 2010 census, an increase from 986 at the 2000 census, when the CDP was known as Basye-Bryce Mountain.
Bryce Resort is the core of Basye, a resort with six ski slopes, a small lake with a man-made beach, an 18 hole par 71 golf course and a mountain bike trail. Bryce offers activities such as tubing and skiing in winter, and ziplining, swimming, tennis, bungee jumping, grass skiing, and rock climbing in the summer. The resort has opened a downhill mountain bike course. There is also a small aircraft landing strip on the site.
Bryce Resort occupies 400 acres and was first opened in 1909, owned by William Brice who opened Bryce’s Hillside Cottages and Mineral Baths as a way to catch the overflow of guests from nearby historic Orkney Springs Hotel. The name of the resort included a "y" instead of "i" in Bryce since William Brice reportedly wanted the business to have a different spelling than his last name. The early resort was rustic with hillside cottages and a dining hall, with most of the food grown on the premises. People would come to escape the city heat and take in the black sulphur spring in Basye.
William Brice's son Pete and his wife Julie (who both adopted the Bryce spelling for their last name) began running the resort in 1947. In the 1960s they transformed the resort adding a ski slope and other amenities, selling 2,776 lots for a woodland mountain retreat aimed for the Washington, DC vacation home market.