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WINTERGREEN, Va. (Nov. 13, 2012) – Imagine how many different things bring smiles to the faces of fifth and sixth graders.  Add another to the list: Wintergreen Resort is continuing its popular 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. 2, 2013, 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 resort operations for Wintergreen Resort, located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, twice named "Best Ski Resort" by the readers of 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 (adult midweek rate: $50) or a $10 discount off the four-hour session lift ticket (adult midweek rate: $40).  An additional adult or sibling may purchase a lift ticket at the same discounted price.  There is a limit of two Snow License participants per paying adult. 

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 and January 20 or February 17, 2013, and is eligible for only one visit per week. 

The mountain’s hours of operation for the 2012-13 season, as they apply to the Snow License Program, are:

  • Mondays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and non-holiday Sundays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

For skiers and snowboarders, Wintergreen offers 26 slopes on 129 skiable acres with two high-speed chairlifts. The ski area is undergoing the largest snowmaking expansion since automating the slopes during the 2001-2003 seasons.  This newest project offers a massive increase in production with the same incredible snow quality. State-of-the-art York® computerized snowmaking system gives Wintergreen the SnowPower to consistently offer the Mid-Atlantic’s best skiing and snowboarding surfaces. Wintergreen is the only ski area on the East Coast to have 100 percent of its terrain covered by automated snowmaking 

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. 

Visit 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. 

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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, 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

Media Contacts:
Betsy Dunkerton
Wintergreen Resort
(434) 325-8148
Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations – East
(908) 876-5100 

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