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WINTERGREEN FAMILY FUN
GOES BEYOND THE SLOPES THIS WINTER

WINTERGREEN, Va. (Nov. 21, 2011) – It’s no secret that Wintergreen Resort, twice named “Best Ski Resort” by the readers of WashingtonPost.com, is one of the Mid-Atlantic's premier ski areas and a particular favorite for the family that hits the slopes as one.  But here’s a “Top Secret” nugget for the family whose interests go beyond skiing or snowboarding: Embrace all the indoor and outdoor fun that the resort’s Discovery Ridge Adventure Center offers.

Here’s a closer look at what families can expect to enjoy at Discovery Ridge Adventure Center:

  • The Plunge Snow Tubing Park.  Once riders have reached the peak of Virginia’s largest tubing park, they will have the feel of being on the top of a 10-story building and looking out over a hill that’s longer than three football fields.  Riders can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour, while tubes can even be hooked together to enhance the family bonding time.
  • Ridgely’s Fun Park.  Here, guests can play in the snow, while enjoying a mini-tubing carousel, a gentle hill for tubing, bear paw snowshoes, tunnels, and a tee-pee for warming up and making s’mores.
  • Shamokin Ice.  Located in the heart of the mountain village, the 45 x 90 Shamokin Ice rink – which debuted last winter – accommodates 60 persons per session and is conveniently located just off the Blue Ridge Terrace.
  • The Zip at Wintergreen.  For those who think The Plunge is fast, try soaring down 900 feet with speeds approaching 40 miles per hour.  It’s not uncommon for each member of the family to be talking about the ride hours later.
  • Indoor Activities.  There won’t be any frowns when it’s time to take things indoors, as the Adventure Center features four Kinect Systems, eight Xbox 360s, four Nintendo Wiis, a 42-inch plasma television, WiFi lounge, mechanical bull, foosball table, pool table, air hockey table, skee ball table, and a theater showing sporting events and videos.

Looking for more?  The Spa, Aquatics and Fitness Center at Wintergreen Resort offers an indoor, heated swimming pool that is open year-round, as well as a robust menu of massage, facial and body services. 

For those families or family members who wish to slip in a little skiing or snowboarding, no problem – Wintergreen Resort offers 26 slopes on 129 skiable acres with two high-speed chairlifts. The resort features the region’s most extensive terrain, with ample slopes for beginners, intermediates and experts alike.  Fourteen slopes are lighted for night skiing and the resort’s longest run is 1.4 miles.  An array of lessons – including a “Guaranteed Learning to Ski & Ride program – and rental equipment also are readily available throughout the winter season. 

Accommodations at Wintergreen Resort are ideal for families as they include 300 villa-style condominiums and rental homes, from studio suites to seven-bedroom homes, each offering a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living area, most with fireplaces and a balcony or deck. 

For more information about Wintergreen Resort, or to book reservations, call (800) 266-2444 or visit www.wintergreenresort.com.  

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About Wintergreen Resort: Wintergreen Resort is an 11,000-acre, four-season resort located atop the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Charlottesville, Va. 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
karen.moraghan@hunter-pr.com