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WINTERGREEN RESORT’S ‘SNOW LICENSE PROGRAM’
IS PURE FUN FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADERS

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WINTERGREEN, Va. (Dec. 6, 2011) – Imagine how many different things bring smiles to the faces of fifth and sixth graders.  Add another to the list: Wintergreen Resort, for the second consecutive season, is rolling out its Snow License Program, which offers complimentary ski and snowboard passes to every 5th and 6th grader in the greater Mid-Atlantic region, good for three visits throughout the upcoming winter season.  Students currently enrolled in fifth and sixth grade (including those who are home schooled) and who reside in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, North Carolina or West Virginia are eligible.

The 5th & 6th Grade Snow License® Program, which begins Jan. 3, 2012, is designed to encourage skiing and snowboarding opportunities for youngsters, with a particular focus on those who are new to winter sports.

“We feel it’s important to introduce snow sports to new audiences,” said Jay Roberts, vice president of mountain operations for Wintergreen Resort, located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, twice named "Best Ski Resort" by the readers of WashingtonPost.com and one of the Mid-Atlantic's premier ski areas.  “This program, while innovative in our area, is part of an industry-wide effort focused on attracting newer, younger participants and converting them into loyal skiers and riders.”

Students enrolled in the Snow License program must be accompanied by a paying adult who will receive a $15 discount off the eight-hour session lift ticket (regularly $40) or a $10 discount off the four-hour session lift ticket (regularly $30).  An additional adult or sibling may purchase a lift ticket at the same discounted price, while the maximum ratio is one adult per two Snow License participants.

Program participants and accompanying adults/siblings are eligible to purchase rental equipment for $25 per person or $30/person for rental and a group lesson.  Rental equipment requires pre-registering from the Wintergreen Resort web site.

Students will need to bring a report card to validate their enrollment in fifth or sixth grade.  The program is not valid on Saturdays or the two Sundays preceding holidays (Jan. 15 and Feb. 19), and is eligible for only one visit per week.

The mountain’s hours of operation for the 2011-12 season, as they apply to the Snow License Program, are:

  • Mondays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Jan. 16 and Feb. 20 when the mountain closes at 9 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and non-holiday Sundays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Visit  www.wintergreenresort.com/snowlicense for further details and to enroll in the program.  Participants will be required to submit an application, and on their first visit to Wintergreen will need to stop by the ski office to pick up Snow License credentials. Call 434-325-8057 for more information.

For skiers and snowboarders, Wintergreen 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.  Two terrain parks and the region’s top snowtubing park add to the winter recreational offerings.

Wintergreen Resort’s award-winning ski patrol, which is dedicated to ensuring an enjoyable and safe experience for all mountain guests, is recipient 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. 

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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