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WINTERGREEN RESORT ROLLS OUT
‘GET ON BOARD VIRGINIA!’ PROGRAM

WINTERGREEN, Va. (Nov. 17, 2011) – If this is the winter season that you plan to become a skier or snowboarder, or simply sharpen your skills, Wintergreen Resort has four words for you: “Get On Board Virginia!”

For just $49, the resort’s “Get On Board” program will enable guests to purchase a lift ticket, rent equipment and partake in a group lesson – a value of nearly $125 if purchased separately.  The program will be in green-light mode from 1 p.m. Sundays through close of day on Fridays, from Dec. 10 (projected opening day of the 2011-12 ski season) through the end of the season.

Those wishing to take advantage of the program should visit the Wintergreen Resort web site – www.wintergreenresort.com – and print out the “Get On Board” coupon, which is redeemable at the cashier window.  Skiers and snowboarders with the lift ticket will be eligible to ski the mountain’s central slopes, with runs ideally tailored for beginners.

Wintergreen Resort – twice named “Best Ski Resort” by readers of the Washington Post.com – features a full complement of lessons for all ages and ability levels.  A perfect match for “Get On Board” guests is the resort’s “Guaranteed Learn to Ski & Ride” lesson where the Wintergreen staff guarantees that skiers (ages 6 and older) and riders (ages 8 and older) will be turning and stopping by the end of the first lesson.

Head and Rossignol rental equipment is available for skiers and snowboarders, and the rental shop is now paperless so that rentals are processed electronically.  Pre-registering online (www.wintergreenresort.com/Rentals/) for rentals is free and gets the skier and snowboarder on the snow faster.

“Get On Board” coupons will provide skiers and snowboarders access to the mountain from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 1 to 9 p.m. non-holiday Sundays.  The coupons are limited to groups of eight participants or fewer, and are not redeemable Dec. 26 through Jan. 2, 2012 or the Sundays of Martin Luther King or Presidents’ Day weekends.  Coupons expire 14 days after print date (http://www.wintergreenresort.com/GetOnBoardVA/).

Those who don’t “Get On Board” in December should set their sights on January, which has been officially recognized as “Snow Sports Month” in Virginia by Gov. Robert McDonnell.  In part, the proclamation states that, “participating in recreational activities such as snow skiing is an exciting way to both stay physically active and enjoy the beauty of winter in the Blue Ridge mountains and...to experience the wonder and thrill of learning and participating in winter sports in Virginia.” 

Wintergreen offers 26 slopes on 129 skiable acres, with 23 percent perfect for beginners.  Fourteen slopes are lighted for night skiing.

Wintergreen Ski Patrol, which is dedicated to ensuring an enjoyable and safe experience for all mountain guests, has been named the winner of the Outstanding Large Alpine Patrol Award for 2010-11 by the National Ski Patrol.  The 130-member, all-volunteer organization is primarily responsible for the rescue and emergency care of customers, employees and visitors to Wintergreen Resort.

For more information, guests can call (434) 325-2200 or visit the resort’s web site at www.wintergreenresort.com

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About Wintergreen Resort: Wintergreen Resort is an 11,000-acre, four-season resort located in the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Charlottesville. This beautiful hideaway is the ultimate vacation and conference spot, nearly 300 condominium-style accommodations; 45 holes of championship golf; snow skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service, destination spa; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and savory dining options. The resort is located adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway in beautiful central Virginia near Charlottesville, just 90 minutes from Richmond, Va., three hours from Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, N.C., five and a half hours from Philadelphia, and eight hours from Atlanta. For more information, guests can call (434) 325-2200 or visit the resort’s web site at www.wintergreenresort.com

Media Contacts:
Dana Quillen
Wintergreen Resort
(434) 325-8150
dquillen@wintergreenresort.com

Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations – East
(908) 876-5100
kmoraghan@hunter-pr.com