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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winter Update

Despite the current temps, it is still winter and we still have snow! We’ve built up a good base and we are dealing well with the current weather. We will keep you apprised with slope changes on the Slope Report. Rest assured, we will come back with SNOWPOWER as soon as temperatures allow!

Skiing, riding and tubing is surely not a trivial pursuit, but there are quite a number of facts about Wintergreen that you may not know. So study the following and prepare to impress your friends, family and neighbors with your Wintergreen smarts!

Inquiring Minds Want To Know… Wintergreen Trivia!

Q. Who has more high speed 6-pack chairlifts, the entire state of Montana or Wintergreen?

A. Wintergreen, of course! Montana only has one six-pack in the entire state – Wintergreen boasts two 6-pack high speed lifts.

Q. How many chairs are on the Highlands Express?

A. 43

Q. How fast does Highlands Express travel?

A. The lift can travel up to 1,100 feet per minute, but usually travels at 900 feet per minute

Q. Per every 1000 feet of increased elevation, how many degrees does temperature drop?

A. 3.5 degrees for every 1000 feet of elevation. For Wintergreen, this translates to 10 degrees cooler than surrounding areas.

Q. In optimal conditions during a 24 hour period, how much snow can Wintergreen put down in a football field?

A. 37 feet

Q. Wintergreen’s associates represent how many different countries?

A. 12 including the U.S.! Our associates also come from Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia, Philippines, Russia, Germany, South Africa and Jamaica

Q. Can you name some famous faces that have been seen at Wintergreen?

  • Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House and was Republican Party nominee for Vice President running with Mitt Romney)
  • Lady Bird Johnson (former First Lady and wife of Lyndon B. Johnson)
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Vice President Al Gore
  • Phil and Steve Mahre (twin brothers and former World Cup alpine ski racers)
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Amy Carter (daughter of President Jimmy Carter)
  • Willard Scott (media personality and former weatherman for the Today Show)
  • Billy Kidd (former world cup alpine ski racer and was a board member for Special Olympics)
  • Greg LeMond (former professional road racing cyclist who won the Tour de France, but not the Tour de Trump)

Q. Where is the best place to view sunrise?

A. Take your pick –  

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Open for Skiing, Riding and Tubing Today!

We woke up in a cloud this morning, but the cloud is above us now and we are open for skiing, riding and tubing today! 

  • All lifts are running
  • Tubing's first session will be at 10:30 am this morning
  • Lower Cliffhanger opens today 
  • Check all other slope openings on The Slope Report.

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Welcome to MLK Weekend!

Join us for the first holiday weekend of 2017! Snowmaking has allowed us to open more terrain and build our base. We plan to open Upper Wild Turkey, Cross Cut and possibly Upper Diamond Hill this weekend. Even though we’ve had a couple warm days, the highs on Saturday and Sunday will be near 40 degrees – great for enjoying outside fun.

There is also a possibility that ice overnight will force operational delays Saturday morning. If that happens, we will post updates on the website blog, and on social media. We expect the earliest updates will be around 7:30 am. Stay tuned!

Learn to Ski & Ride Month

January is Learn to Ski & Ride Month, and we suggest our Discover Skiing and Riding Program. If you’re new to winter sports, check out this How-To Video about putting on ski and snowboard boots. Then boogie on down to Rentals before you hit the slopes! 

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Friday, January 13, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

90% Open By This Weekend

SNOWPOWER has a had a phenomenal run – nearly a week of round-the-clock snowmaking, aided by over 7 inches of natural snow.  Talk about a perfect storm! When Mother Nature cooperates, we certainly make the most of it. During this past run, our snowmakers converted 29 million gallons of water into snow, opened more terrain, and laid down exquisite corduroy. And, we’re not done yet!

MLK Weekend

Coming up is one of winter’s great loooong weekends: Martin Luther King Weekend. We expect slope conditions to be fantastic. We’ve had lots of happy skiers and riders commenting on how great the ski surface is right now, and how well trails have been groomed. The current deep freeze will mellow out by this weekend, resulting in more enjoyable, seasonable winter temps. Plus, we’ll have almost all our trails open for you to enjoy, so come on up!

New Trails Opening By Friday:

  • Upper Wild Turkey
  • Cross Cut
  • Devils Elbow
  • The Gap
  • Upper Diamond Hill
  • Terrain Park and Progression Park
  • Lower Cliffhanger

Don’t forget to Buy Your Plunge Tickets Online in advance – it will sell out this weekend!

Meanwhile, take a look at these pictures from this morning - it's another great snowday on the mountain!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Monday, January 09, 2017

Every Day is a Snowday!

If you're out of school this week, come on up and play -- conditions are fabulous! We even have a special deal for you if you sign up for our SNOWPOWER Club!

School Snow Days

To be eligble for this offer, you must join the SNOWPOWER Club at least 24 hours in advance of your visit.

Local area students, their parents, school faculty and staff who are out of school due to inclement weather can get an 8-hour Lift Ticket at reduced rates. School districts included: Nelson, Albemarle, Augusta, Amherst, Greene, Louisa, Orange, Buckingham. Valid midweek, non-holiday, only. Parents must be with child. College students are eligible for this deal.

  • 8-hour Lift & Rental - $59
  • 8-hour Lift - $39
  • With rental, add Group Beginner Lesson for 50% off (ages 8 & above)

To Get This Offer

First, join the SNOWPOWER Club at least 24 hours in advance of your visit, then present your student ID card from included school district at ticket window.

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, January 09, 2017

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Come Get Some Powder!

We’re open 9 am-9 pm with 3-5 inches of FRESH POWDER!

Light snow has been falling off and on since Thursday, but last night we had some more serious snow. Accumulations are between 3-5 inches this morning and it’s still snowing.

What you need to know:

  • Conditions are perfect and powdery
  • Tyro and Upper Sunrise opened yesterday
  • Lower Diamond Hill opens today
  • The Highlands were groomed early and most of the snow fell after that, so you’ll have powder runs this morning

Roads on the mountain are clear. Recent reports indicate that roads leading up to the mountain are also clear and that crews are out and keeping up with new snowfall. As always, please exercise caution and be safe getting here!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Saturday, January 07, 2017

Thursday, January 05, 2017

It's Snowing!

SNOWPOWER® fired up last night around 5 pm and has been going strong ever since. Plus, we've had light snow off and on throughout the day. The snow surface is excellent, snowmaking conditions are ideal, and we have more chances for natural snow in the next few days. Come up and enjoy this great winter weather on our snowy playground!

Our predictions for slope openings haven't changed, but just in case you missed it:

This Weekend (Jan. 6-8)

  • New Trails Opening: Upper Sunrise and Tyro

MLK Weekend (Jan. 13-16)

  • Predict 80% Open
  • New Trails Opening: Upper Wild Turkey, Crosscut, Devils Elbow, The Gap, Upper and Lower Diamond Hill, Terrain Park and Progression Park. 

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Thursday, January 05, 2017

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

More Terrain Opening This Weekend!

A great snowmaking run and the possibility of some natural snow is right on the horizon! SNOWPOWER® fires up tomorrow night, and we expect to be able to run round-the-clock for at least a week. This will allow us to hit the core slopes and add base depth, but also focus on opening new terrain!

This Weekend (Jan. 6-8)

  • New Trails Opening: Upper Sunrise and Tyro

MLK Weekend (Jan. 13-16)

  • Predict 80% Open
  • New Trails Opening: Upper Wild Turkey, Crosscut, Devils Elbow, The Gap, Upper and Lower Diamond Hill, Terrain Park and Progression Park. 

Just look at this great forecast (below). Great winter weather with a chance for natural snow - make plans to visit! Our Winter Escape Package starts at just $89/person, and pairs lift tickets AND lodging. Don't forget to check out the Book Early Escape and Sunday Night Escape for even more great ways to visit us this winter.

snowmaking temps january3-10, 2017

Tubing

After many thrilling rides during the holiday period, the Plunge Tubing Park will be closed for the following sessions:

  • Jan. 4, 5, 8, closed for 5:30-7 pm, and 7-8:30 pm sessions
  • Jan. 9, 10, 11, closed for all sessions to rebuild for MLK Weekend

 

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Welcome 2017!

Cold weather is back and we’ve had a great snowmaking run the last few days, building our base and keeping surfaces refreshed. Today is a beautiful day on the mountain, so start the new year off right – with some great skiing, riding and tubing, of course! Lifts will be turning until 9 pm tonight.

After a brief break in snowmaking, we’ll be back at it next week, with a forecasted long run of great snowmaking weather. Keep an eye out for more terrain opening soon!

If you missed the fireworks over the slopes last night, check out this video taken from a unique vantage point by our snowmaking guru, Zach Marlowe.

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Sunday, January 01, 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

Best Days for Skiing and Riding So Far!

Winter has returned! Yesterday brought out first natural snowflakes of the season, and temps dipped below 20 last night. That means that SNOWPOWER® is back in full force, refreshing the snow surfaces and working to open more terrain soon. Snowmaking will continue until midday Saturday. We think that today and tomorrow will be the best days of the season so far, so make sure you get up here!

  • Skiing and Riding on 13 slopes and 5 lifts - watch the  Slope Report for updates 
  • The Highlands are open 
  • Tubing on all 10 lanes - buy tickets online in advance, sessions often sell out
  • Ridgely's Fun Park open 11 am-4 pm during the holiday period
  • Check This Week at Wintergreen for all hours of operation

New Year's Eve

Ring in 2017 at Wintergreen -- we've got different parties to fit everybody's style, and we've got FIREWORKS! Seeing Fireworks light up the slopes is truly a magical experience! See all New Year's Eve activities

Get the scoop on snowmaking, snow conditions and all the New Year's Eve parties from Josh and Ellen in this week's Mountain Minute below!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Friday, December 30, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Fantastic Weekend Ahead!

Colder temps returned last night and SNOWPOWER® came roaring back to life to refresh the snow surface. Snowmaking will ramp up again sometime Thursday night and continue until midday Saturday. It looks like Friday and Saturday will be the best days of the season so far, so make sure you get up here!

  • Skiing and Riding on 13 slopes and 5 lifts - watch the  Slope Report for updates 
  • The Highlands are open 
  • Tubing on all 10 lanes - buy tickets online in advance, sessions often sell out
  • Ridgely's Fun Park open 11 am-4 pm during the holiday period
  • Check This Week at Wintergreen for all hours of operation

New Year's Eve

Ring in 2017 at Wintergreen -- we've got different parties to fit everybody's style, and we've got FIREWORKS! Seeing Fireworks light up the slopes is truly a magical experience! See all New Year's Eve activities

Get the scoop on snowmaking, snow conditions and all the New Year's Eve parties from Josh and Ellen in this week's Mountain Minute below!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cold Weather Returns Thursday!

We’ve had a few warm days, but we still have plenty of snow! Conditions are spring-like today, but our great base is pulling us through and temps start falling again tonight. The forecast shows overnight and some daytime snowmaking temps Thursday through Saturday. That means we’ll jump into the new year with refreshed surfaces, building our base and working to open more trails!

  • Skiing and Riding 9 am-9pm
  • Tubing 9 am-10 pm
  • Ridgely’s Fun Park 11 am-4 pm
  • Live Music at The Edge – Darcy Dawn & Co at 9 pm

weather forecast december 17 2016

New Year’s Eve

Ring in 2017 at Wintergreen -- we've got different parties to fit everybody's style, and we've got FIREWORKS! Seeing Fireworks light up the slopes is truly a magical experience! New Year’s Eve at The Copper Mine Bistro and Devils Grill are sold out, but we still have a number of options to help you celebrate!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Winter Update, December 26

Well, the weather has presented some challenges this week. But we’re thankful that we have a good base that will see us through until the cold weather returns. We are still skiing and riding on 13 trails with spring-like snow - come on out for some winter fun! And for those who prefer to slide in a tube, The Plunge has plenty of snow and all of the lanes are open. Be sure to get your tickets early, The Plunge frequently sells out.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed for Tuesday night, there’s a slight possibility that we can make snow and we’d love to get out and freshen the slopes. You can be sure we’ll be ready if the temps allow. Snowmaking is looking great for Thursday through Saturday midday, just in time for New Year’s Eve festivities. Join us for fun on the Blue Ridge Terrace with our friends from Bold Rock and be sure to stick around for fireworks at 10PM!

Last Edited by Application Administrator on Monday, December 26, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing you all the Hope, Wonder, and Joy that the Season can bring!

We are open for skiing, riding, and tubing, with 13 trails open and 4 lifts running.

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Highlands and Tubing Open Today!

Great news for our advanced skiers and riders - The Highlands opened today! But we hope everyone gets out on the slopes – it’s a beautiful day with pristine, crisp snow. Be sure to dress in layers and enjoy the milder temps while you can, cold weather returns the end of next week and we’ll be working hard to open more terrain. For our tubers, The Plunge has ten lanes open for tubular fun for everyone.

The mountain will be in full swing starting Saturday with Shamokin Ice and Ridgely’s Fun Park opening for the season. On Saturday, keep a watch out for Santa. He’ll be on the slopes bringing smiles and treats to our guests.

Happy Holidays!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Friday, December 23, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Highlands Open Friday!

It’s official, the winter solstice arrived at 5:44 am this morning and we’re celebrating all things winter. The big news on the mountain is that Highlands will open on Friday! Kudos to our snowmaking team - SNOWPOWER rules!

The kids are out of school and looking for things to do, you need a break from last minute shopping and it’s just too nice out to miss time on the slopes. Head to the mountain! Here’s what you need to know:

  • GREAT CONDITIONS! Seriously, soft silky snow for you to play on. Everyone is loving it.
  • The Highlands –  will open December 23
  • Tubing – will open December 23 with 10 lanes. Buy tubing tickets online.
  • Ridgely’s Fun Park – will open December 24
  • Ice Skating – is open! Check  This Week at Wintergreen for hours

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Perfect Day to Ski & Ride!

Wow. We are surrounded by beautiful mountain views and brilliant sparkling slopes on a daily basis but we have to say -- today, even we are impressed. It’s one of those days that skiers and riders live for – crisp clear day with awesome soft snow.

Reports about the amazing surface we’ve got going on continue to fill social media. The snowmakers are working hard to keep the snow light and silky, and their work is paying off.

Christmas is coming up fast, but get here now if you can! If you’ve got some last minute shopping you can always pick up something at the shops or a gift card, and get some skiing and riding done while you’re here! It’s a win-win!

SNOWPOWER Update

SNOWPOWER and our dedicated snowmakers have had a great run recently, pumping over 37 million gallons of water into snow since December 8. 

  • Tyro – we’re working to have Upper and Lower Tyro open soon
  • The Highlands –  we're optimistic about having them open for Christmas. Santa may even bring them as an early Christmas present for the weekend if weather cooperates!
  • Tubing – will open December 23 as scheduled
  • Ridgely’s Fun Park – will open December 26, or sooner if possible
  • Ice Skating – is open! Check  This Week at Wintergreen  for hours

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Open for Skiing and Riding All Week!

In case you missed it – Opening Weekend was awesome. Reports keep coming in about the silky soft snow and “blower pow.” See the comments on Facebook below. SNOWPOWER is doing a phenomenal job of laying down a light enjoyable surface and we are seeing lots of happy skiers and riders!

Facebook comments opening weekend 2016

SNOWPOWER Update

SNOWPOWER and our dedicated snowmakers have had a great run recently, pumping over 37 million gallons of water into snow since December 8. 

  • Tyro – we’re working to have Upper and Lower Tyro open soon
  • The Highlands – we’re very optimistic about The Highlands for the holidays, possibly before Christmas. We’ll keep you updated on our progress!
  • Tubing – will open December 23 as scheduled
  • Ridgely’s Fun Park – will open December 26, or sooner if possible
  • Ice Skating – is open! Check This Week at Wintergreen for hours

Lift Hours of Operation

It's going to be a great week for skiing and riding - come up before the holiday rush and enjoy this beautiful snow!

Regular Season Hours of Operation

  • Mondays: 9 am-5 pm
  • Tuesday-Sunday: 9 am-9 pm

*The Highlands close at 4:15 pm each day.

Holiday Hours of Operation

  • December 24: 9 am-8 pm
  • December 25: 10 am-9 pm
  • December 26-January 2: 9 am-9 pm

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, December 19, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Opening Weekend!

Yesterday was a great opening day, but if you missed it don't worry. It's still opening weekend! Thanks to SNOWPOWER and a ton of hard work by our snowmakers, we are now open for skiing and riding for the 2016-17 season!

  • Open 9 am-9 pm, regular lift operating hours moving forward.
  • 9 Trails: Potato Patch, Upper and Lower Dobie and a portion of the Terrain Park, Upper and Lower Cross Trails, Eagle's Swoop, Tequila and Lower Sunrise! 
  • The Highlands - we're working hard to get them open as soon as we can!

Next week's forecast looks great for skiing and riding. Make it a snowday!

Just look at the view this morning! Trust us, you want to be here!

december 17 2016 slopes

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, December 19, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

OPEN FOR SKIING AND RIDING 9 AM-9 PM!

The day we’ve all been waiting for is here! Thanks to SNOWPOWER and a ton of hard work by our snowmakers, we are now open for skiing and riding for the 2016-17 season!

  • Open 9 am-9 pm, regular lift operating hours moving forward.
  • 9 Trails: Potato Patch, Upper and Lower Dobie and a portion of the Terrain Park, Upper and Lower Cross Trails, Eagle's Swoop, Tequila and Lower Sunrise!
  • Lift Tickets - save $10 off  regular season rates
  • The Highlands - we're working hard to get them open as soon as we can!

Next week's forecast looks great for skiing and riding. Make it a snowday!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Saturday, December 17, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Opening Day is Tomorrow!!

We did it folks! SNOWPOWER® Rules! Thanks to a ton of hard work by our snowmakers, we will be open for skiing and riding tomorrow!

  • Opening Day: Friday, December 16, 9 am-9 pm
  • Trails: Potato Patch, Upper and Lower Dobie and a portion of the Terrain Park, Upper and Lower Cross Trails, Eagle's Swoop, plus, the possibility of Upper Tyro, Tequila and Sunrise!
  • Lift Tickets - save $10 off regular season rates 
  • The Highlands - we're working hard to have them open the week of Christmas  

Next week's forecast looks great for skiing and riding. Make it a snowday!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Friday, December 16, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Opening Day Moved Up – It’s Friday, December 16!

Due to the recent cold snap and hard work by our snowmakers, we plan to open for skiing and riding a day earlier than anticipated!

Opening Day will be Friday, December 16, 9 am-9 pm.

So far, over twenty million gallons of water have been converted to snow. We expect to have the following trails open:

  • Potato Patch
  • Upper and Lower Dobie and a portion of the Terrain Park
  • Upper and Lower Cross Trails
  • Eagle's Swoop
  • Plus, the possibility of Upper Tyro, Tequila and Sunrise!

Starting December 16, our Regular Season Lift Hours of Operation will be in effect:

  • Mondays: 9 am-5 pm
  • Tuesday-Sunday: 9 am-9 pm

Rentals, Lessons, Treehouse

Rentals, Lessons and Treehouse Kids Ski Programs will all be open starting December 16 as well.

Demo Days This Weekend

Come test this season's newest gear! Freestyle will be in the Discovery Ridge parking lot Saturday, December 17, 9 am-2 pm. No charge to demo, but valid lift ticket required, plus driver's license and credit card.

The Highlands

An excellent chilly forecast means that we expect to have The Highlands open for the Christmas Holiday. In fact, most of our trails should be open the week of Christmas.

Tubing

We expect to open The Plunge tubing park on December 23.

Ice Skating

We expect to open Ice Skating on December 17.

Ridgely's Fun Park

We expect to open Ridgely's Fun Park on December 26, and will operate weekends and holidays throughout the season.

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, December 12, 2016

Thursday, December 08, 2016

SNOWPOWER Update: Opening Day is December 17!

Are you ready for falling temperatures? We are and there are big smiles on all our faces. Opening day is coming up fast and we’ll have plenty of terrain for you. We resumed snowmaking this morning and plan to power through until late Sunday. We'll take a quick break and then be right back at it starting Monday night. After that we have an extended period of round-the-clock snowmaking temps. SNOWPOWER is ready, and we say BRING. IT. ON.

Opening day will be Saturday, December 17. We expect to have the following trails open:

  • Potato Patch
  • Upper and Lower Dobie and a portion of the Terrain Park
  • Upper and Lower Cross Trails
  • Eagle's Swoop
  • Plus, the possibility of Upper Tyro, Tequila and Sunrise!

When Will The Highlands Open?

After we open, the next question everyone always asks is: when will The Highlands open? We're really excited to see a lot of cold air in the forecast and we are working hard to have The Highlands open for the Christmas Holiday.

What About Tubing?

Again, the forecast seems to be on our side and we expect to open The Plunge tubing park on December 23.

Winter Escape Starting at $89/person!

Book your reservations now if you haven't already! This year we have even more ways for you to book our popular Winter Escape Package, and each package offers convenience and savings by pairing lift tickets AND lodging. Packages start December 16, so now's the time to book!

snowmaking picture from december 8, 2016

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Thursday, December 08, 2016

Monday, December 05, 2016

Wintergreen Winter Hikes

Wintergreen is a hiker's paradise with over 30 miles of marked trails just on our property, not to mention off the Blue Ridge Parkway and beyond. Winter hiking can be an exhilarating experience. With clear skies and open canopy, views which cannot be seen during warmer months are found. While enjoying winter hiking, it is important to note a few aspects;

  • Pay attention to trail blazes
  • Dress in layers
  • Be aware of icy, leaf covered or wet areas
The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Trillium House

As a special treat, we asked Josh Palumbo from The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen for his top three winter hikes. Visit The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen for more details. Hiking Guides are available for $3 at the Front Desk or at the Nature Center. This guide gives detailed descriptions of each trail, with distance, difficulty and key features to note while hiking.

Fortunes Ridge Trail - The Fortunes Ridge Trail traverses a diversity of terrain types ranging from mountain laurel thickets to rugged rock formations. The winter time appeal for this trail lies in the unique little waterfall located approximately .6 miles up the trail from Fortunes Ridge Drive. In the winter, the waterfall freezes into gorgeous ice formations that are quite picture worthy. This trail can be made into a nice loop. Head west on Laurel Ridge Loop, cross Wintergreen Drive, then head south on Pond Hollow right back to your car. This hike is rated moderate to difficult.

Blackrock Trail - This south facing trail slope offers the hiker rock formations and wind-bent table mountain pine along it’s approximately 1 mile length. The winter is the perfect time to venture to the Blackrock Trail due to the ever present view shed. Once the leaves hit the ground, this trail becomes one lovely glance into the Rockfish Valley and the Blue Ridge. This hike is rated as difficult.

Lower Shamokin Falls – This 3.5 mile out and back destination hike is a gem in the Wintergreen hiking trail system. The trail leads the hiker through mature oak forests into the Shamokin Gorge to the largest waterfall on the property. The view of the waterfall improves greatly once winter arrives and the leaf cover disappears. This hike is rated as moderate. Please note: avoid using this trail until January as it traverses legal deer hunting zones.

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, December 05, 2016

Friday, December 02, 2016

SNOWPOWER is Back!

Early this morning before sunrise we got the temps and flipped the switch and SNOWPOWER came roaring back to life. YES! If you’ve been watching the webcams you might have noticed us hitting Upper Dobie hard with the full system. We also began snowmaking on Eagle’s Swoop and The Plunge tubing park.

We were able to run the full system for a few hours and we plan to resume snowmaking tonight. The forecast also shows that we will be able to make snow Saturday night into the early afternoon on Sunday. We will be snowmaking at every opportunity from now on, concentrating our efforts on blanketing Upper Dobie first. There are some great chances for snowmaking in the coming weeks.

Opening day will be December 17.

Check out these beautiful snowmaking pics from this morning!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Friday, December 02, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SNOWPOWER in the Forecast!

We know everyone is pumped up and ready for snow – we are too! Don’t be dismayed by the rain. While we wish it was snow, rain refills the snowmaking ponds and the groundwater, and gives us the ammo to make great snow.

Snowmaking Plan

SNOWPOWER is coming back soon. The current weather forecast indicates that we may be able to make snow overnight on December 3. The forecast also indicates that we will be able to resume regular nightly snowmaking on December 5 and continue throughout most of the month. Lots of time for SNOWPOWER to work its magic and to get back to doing what we love best: turning this place into a winter wonderland!

When Will We Open?

We are working hard for a December 10 opening day, however, Mother Nature is having some fun with us. Rest assured we will be making snow at every opportunity. We are focused on opening the 2016-17 season December 10-11 with limited terrain, with plans to open more terrain and lifts for December 17-18.

Tubing and Ice Skating

The chiller arrives for the ice skating rink on Monday. We will build the rink and make ice as temps allow, and we anticipate offering ice skating on December 17. Tubing won’t be far behind – we plan to be able to offer tubing by Christmas.

As always, remember to THINK COLD, and get ready to slide!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Looking for the Perfect Gift?

Cyber Monday is here and we've got a great way for you to shop online - give the gift of Wintergreen! 

No matter who you're shopping for, Wintergreen Gift Certificates are always a "Perfect Fit." Certificates may be redeemed:

  • For Skiing and Riding
  • For Spa treatments
  • For Accommodations
  • For a fabulous meal at any of our restaurants
  • At any of our fine shops
  • Or even for a golf or tennis lesson -- the list goes on!

The "Gift of Wintergreen" is a favorite for everyone. Purchase your Gift Certificate online or call 844-817-8856 for assistance.


give the gift of wintergreen

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, November 28, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thank You From Wintergreen Resort!

We wish the entire Wintergreen family, from our Members and Property Owners to day and overnight guests, a wonderful holiday season. Thanksgiving starts the season and we think it fitting to start with being thankful.

So here are a few things we’re thankful for!

Our stunning Blue Ridge Mountain setting. We are very fortunate to live and work in the Blue Ridge. Every day brings a new setting to see the sun rise or set and every moment in between.

We work with a team of associates who are dedicated to bringing excellent guest service to each and every one of our guests. We want our guests to experience all that Wintergreen offers and to create lasting memories and visit often!

We have loyal members, property owners and guests who support us in so many ways. And we offer you our heart-felt thanks and look forward to welcoming you back soon. May this holiday season bring you joy and a thankful heart.
 
Sincerely,

hank signature

Hank Thiess
General Manager

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Snowmaking Update!

Snowmaking has begun! Things are off to a great start – we began Saturday night around midnight and will continue through Tuesday morning.

So what are the plans?

What we’ve done so far is put down a good base. We’ve made the most of this cold snap and we’re cooling down the ground so we’ll have a great base for future snowmaking efforts as temperatures allow. We watch several weather services throughout the day so we won’t miss a SNOWPOWER opportunity, but this also means our plans are always in flux and depend on some cooperation from Mother Nature.

When are you opening for skiing, riding and tubing?

We hope to open the 2016-17 winter season between December 10-15, but it’s totally dependent on the weather. Things will get clearer as we get closer. So think cold and stay tuned! We’re itching to flex our SNOWPOWER muscles!

snowmaking start 2016

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, November 21, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

When Does Snowmaking Start?!

Everybody wants to know when SNOWPOWER starts, so here's an update! It depends on what exact weather we end up getting – the forecast is in constant state of flux, so giving specifics can be difficult. BUT, we are ready and as soon as temperatures permit, we’ll start making snow. Currently, it looks like we can start on Saturday night and go into Monday. Stay tuned to the blog and Facebook for the most up to date information. We will share as much as we can, as soon as we can!

SNOWPOWER Facts

Did you know:

  • Wintergreen is the only ski area on the East Coast to have 100 percent of its terrain covered by automated snowmaking.
  • Theoretically with optimal conditions, Wintergreen Resort’s snowmaking system could cover a football field with 37 feet of snow in just 24 hours.
  • Wintergreen’s Liberty® and AtassPlus® computerized snowmaking system makes twice as much snow twice as fast as the resort’s previous system.

Snow Fit

While you are eagerly awaiting snow, enjoy this behind the scenes look at how we prep for winter fitness. Wintergreen Staff are required to pass a Snow Fit Test - check it out and see if you're up to the challenge!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Friday, November 18, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Register Now for the Be Thankful 5K!

This Thanksgiving, be thankful and support the Nelson County Community Fund – and work off your Thanksgiving Day feast! The Be Thankful 5K is presented by Wintergreen Resort and Bold Rock Cidery. Please register early to guarantee your spot! This event is very popular and will likely sell out.

Race

  • Friday, November 25,  9 am
  • Meet at Bold Rock Cidery,  registration inside
    1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA
  • The course will be run on the Rockfish Valley Trail system. 

Limited on-site registration, Friday, November 25 at 7 am. Cash or check please for on-site registration. T-shirts available for anyone who registers by November 13.

Packet Pick up: Wednesday, November 23, 11 am-6 pm at Bold Rock Cidery.

Fees

  • Ages 6-17: $15
  • Ages 18-64: $25
  • 65+: $20
  • Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult (no t-shirt available)

Medals and prizes will be award at the end of the race including prizes for the best individual costume, best group costume, fastest dog on a leash, and best dressed dog. Leashed pets welcome!

Click Here - Register Online for the Be Thankful 5K!

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

Season Pass Price Goes Up November 16!

The Wintergreen Season Pass is the best value for those who want to ski and ride all winter long! Not only does our Season Pass pay for itself with just five visits, but you'll receive reciprocal pass benefits at Wisp Resort in Maryland, Ragged Mountain Resort in New Hampshire, and Mount Washington Alpine Resort, British Columbia. That's over $500 additional value for your pass.  See all details.

Plus, we've got SNOWPOWER®, an easy-to-get-to location, and the best terrain in the area. Prices increase after November 15, 2016, so buy your Season Pass now!

What is SNOWPOWER®?

  • We make the best quality snow often referred to as ‘the gold standard’ in machine snow
  • Speed of making snow – we can go from zero to 8000 gallons of water per minute faster than anyone else. When we turn on, we lay down great snow, fast
  • Theoretically with optimal conditions, Wintergreen Resort’s snowmaking system could cover a football field with 37 feet of snow in just 24 hours. 

2016-17 Season Pass Rates

Early Bird Rate After November 15, 2016
Individual $299 $319
Student $239 $279
For full time students age 6-23 (full time enrollment is 12 credits or more). If over 18, must present college ID with proof of current enrollment
Family Pass $759 $799