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Learn A Winter Sport At Wintergreen Resort

WINTERGREEN, Va. (Dec. 19, 2011)Wintergreen Resort, twice named “Best Ski Resort” by readers of WashingtonPost.com, is doing its part to embrace a growing national trend of introducing snow sports to new audiences.  While innovative in the Mid-Atlantic region, Wintergreen Resort’s multiple programs are part of a national industry-wide effort to attract newer participants – no matter the age or ability level – and convert them into loyal skiers and riders.

With Wintergreen’s ski and ride and the holiday seasons in full bloom, now is an ideal opportunity for individuals looking to learn (or even improve upon) a winter sport to take advantage of the array of options available.  Here is a closer look:

  • Guaranteed Learn to Ski or Snowboard.  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.  More information: www.wintergreenresort.com/Guaranteed-Learn-to-Ski/.
  • Group Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate).  Beginner ski and snowboard group lessons (ages 8 and older) are for those who have never skied or snowboarded before or have only tried either sport a few times.  Lessons are 75 minutes and are taught throughout the day.  The cost is just $36, and those who rent their equipment at Wintergreen save 50 percent on their group lesson.  In addition, Mighty-Mite Beginner Group Ski Lessons, for ages 6 to 7, also are readily available, as are private lessons.  More information: www.wintergreenresort.com/Snowsports-School/.
  • 5th & 6th Grade Snow License® Program.  This program, which begins Jan. 2, is designed to encourage skiing and snowboarding opportunities for youngsters and provides free lift tickets to youths currently enrolled in fifth and sixth graders (including those who are home schooled) who reside in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, North Carolina or West Virginia.  More information: www.wintergreenresort.com/snow-license/.
  • Home School Program. Since home schoolers may have the flexibility to take advantage of weekday visits – meaning shorter lift lines and more runs – this program, valid Tuesdays through Thursdays starting Jan. 3, provides discounted lift tickets, rentals and group lessons, plus a free tubing session at The Plunge Snow Tubing Park.  More information: www.wintergreenresort.com/Home-Schools/
  •  “Get on Board Virginia!”  For just $49, the “Get on Board Virginia!” program enables guests to purchase a lift ticket, rent equipment and partake in a group lesson – a value of nearly $125 if purchased separately.  The program is in effect Mondays through Fridays January 2 through the end of the season.  Those wishing to take advantage of the program should visit the Wintergreen Resort web site and print out the “Get On Board” coupon, which is redeemable at the cashier window.  More information: www.wintergreenresort.com/GetOnBoardVA/

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 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. 

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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