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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Tonight's the Night!

Temperatures have been falling throughout the day and as the sun begins to set, SnowPower starts to rise. What a great way to start 2020 – making snow! The forecast is for cold temperatures to come back strong starting Saturday night and continuing for several days – and you know what we can do with several days of snowmaking!

And don’t forget our snowcats are out every night working to perfect the corduroy. Catch first tracks tomorrow and start your 2020 on the slopes! In the meantime enjoy the festivities tonight - and the fireworks. And be safe.

We’re sorry to see 2019 end, but it was a great year and we’re exciting for what 2020 will bring. Take a look at our video clip of 2019.

We thank you for your support. Here’s to 2020!

We've got a great line-up of New Year's Eve Celebrations for everyone:

  • The Cooper Mine Bistro - Enjoy Chef Miles' special a la carte menu; Dinner served from 5:30-9:30 pm. Reservations required 434-325-8090
  • Treehouse Kids New Year's Eve Party - We have a full evening planned for children ages 4-12. There will be games, movies with popcorn, party favors, pizza and ice cream. Cost is $69 per child. Reservations are required, please call 434-325-8179.
  • Glow Stick Parade - It's the prelude to the fireworks for all ages. We will meet at the top of Blue Ridge express and make our way down to the Blue Ridge Terrace. Ski and Snowboard ability required with valid lift ticket/season pass.
  • The Edge - Live music by FarAway, a successful Virginia area based band, playing a wide variety of music of covers and originals.
  • Bonfire on the Slopes - (Blue Ridge Terrace) A great warm up to the fireworks! S'more kits are available at Terrace Café.
  • Pryor's - A family-friendly celebration. Normal menu and draft beer and wine will be available for those 21+ and live entertainment by E3 is one killer Rock Band playing the best from stp, zz top, cheap trick, van halen, led zepplin, collective soul, foo fighters, green day, blink 182, alice in chains and more.
  • Fireworks - On the Blue Ridge Terrace from 10 - 10:30 pm. Ring in the new decade with some sparkle and magic!


Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Monday, December 30, 2019

Ready. Set. MAKE SNOW!

We are counting down the minutes until Mother Nature serves us up the right snowmaking weather which looks to be tomorrow evening, Tuesday, Dec 31.  Our hope is to have SNOWPOWER ring in the New Year so skiers and riders will have great conditions for the new decade! Be sure to check out our webcams to see our Snowmakers hard at work.

We've got a great line-up of New Year's Eve Celebrations for everyone:

  • The Cooper Mine Bistro - Enjoy Chef Miles' special a la carte menu; Dinner served from 5:30-9:30pm. Reservations required 434-325-8090
  • Treehouse Kids New Year's Eve Party - We have a full evening planned for children ages 4-12. There will be games, movies with popcorn, party favors, pizza and ice cream. Cost is $69 per child. Reservations are required, please call 434-325-8179.
  • Glow Stick Parade - It's the prelude to the fireworks for all ages. We will meet at the top of Blueridge express and make our way down to the Blue Ridge Terrace. Ski and Snowboard ability required with valid lift ticket/season pass.
  • The Edge - Live music by FarAway, a successful Virginia area based band, playing a wide variety of music of covers and originals.
  • Bonfire on the Slopes - (Blue Ridge Terrace) A great warm up to the fireworks! S'more kits are available at Terrace Café.
  • Pryor's - A family-friendly celebration. Normal menu and draft beer and wine will be available for those 21+ and live entertainment by E3 is one killer Rock Band playing the best from stp, zz top, cheap trick, van halen, led zepplin, collective soul, foo fighters, green day, blink 182, alice in chains and more.
  • Fireworks - On the Blue Ridge Terrace from 10 - 10:30pm. Ring in the new decade with some sparkle and magic!

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger -lz on Monday, December 30, 2019

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Today on the Mountain

Looking into our crystal weather ball, Tuesday into Wednesday looks promising for a great night of snowmaking. We can’t wait! You know we’ll be ready as soon as conditions permit to get out there and resume snowmaking. Do you remember December 12? There was grass on the slopes and no snow. But on December 14 we opened the 2019-20 season. It’s astounding what our snowmakers can accomplish. We make the most of every window of opportunity and we fight for every flake. But snowmakers are not the only team that make your morning runs great. Our groomers are out every night, sculpting the mountain for your skiing and riding pleasure. Break out your smiles and have some fun on the slopes – any day on the slopes is a good day!

This winter we got a new pizza oven at The Market. No big deal, right? WRONG – it’s a huge deal. We can make hot, toasty, and cheesy pizza faster than ever. Even more exciting is we are offering pizza delivery to those staying in the Mountain Inn. So after a day on the slopes and you just want to chill out in your unit, just call 434-325-8224 and have your pizza delivered!

We have an additional treat this holiday with a Christmas cabaret with our friends from The Sound of Music – A Very Wintergreen Christmas. It’s a holiday spectacular and only four more performances left - reserve your tickets now.

See you on the slopes, in our restaurants, at the Spa, in the pool …

 

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Sunday, December 29, 2019

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Last Weekend of 2019!

The sun is out this morning, conditions are great, and we are going to have a great last weekend of 2019. Slopes are open from 9a-9p. It is mild on the mountain which will give you the opportunity to shed a few layers and enjoy the great skiing and riding. 

Sometimes when it's warm snowsports enthusiast get concerned about the conditions. We have been experiencing great conditions despite the warmth, due to a phenomenon called evaporative cooling. When the snow surface is chilled below the dew point of the surrounding humid air and the surface itself is below freezing, a thin lens is formed on the surface. Lately this has resulted in surprisingly good conditions that tend to be the best in the morning. 

Any skier or snowboarder knows that a day on the slopes beats sitting on the couch watching TV. Come on out and take some laps with us and enjoy the last weekend of 2019.

Check out all the events we have going on this weekend and make sure you download our Wintergreen App for all of the latest and greatest everything wintergreen. 

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Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Saturday, December 28, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Surprising Conditions

Mother Nature is challenging us to see what we’re made of, and she’s finding out how strong and tenacious we are! Yes, it has been warm, but don’t let that fool you - our surface conditions are really good. Overnight the snow recrystallizes making for surprisingly good conditions, especially for first tracks. Our base is strong with a solid sub-surface making good snow for morning carving. Those learning to ski or ride will find the surface supple and smooth.

Snowmaking temps will return in the near future – stay tuned for updates. And wait until you see what Santa left in our stocking -Snowpower just got stronger! Video coming soon.

We’re half way through the Twelve Days of Christmas with lots of fun activities both on and off the slopes. Check it out! And don’t forget to get your tickets for A Very Wintergreen Christmas with our friends from The Sound of Music.

Enjoy the warmer temps, peel off some layers, and bring your smiles. It’s great to be outdoors!

See you on the slopes.

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Today at Wintergreen

There are just a few straggling presents left under the tree. The torn wrapping paper has been cleaned up. The empty stockings are hung on the fireplace awaiting next year. Up at the North Pole, Santa is exhausted and sleeping in. Strains of Silent Night are a memory. It’s the day after Christmas and It’s time to hit the slopes! Enjoy a beautiful morning with spring like conditions. Pull out your sunscreen and smile.

Speaking of smiles, it’s ugly Christmas sweater day. Pull out that embarrassing sweater you got last year and wear it with pride. You’ll find a bunch of comrades around the resort – it’s up to you to decide who has the very best ugly sweater.

While you’re on the mountain, take advantage of the extra programming we have available – specialty cocktails at all of our restaurants, live music, on-slope games (we call them reindeer games), and snowcat rides are a few of our favorites. Check out the full schedule for The 12 Days of Christmas.

We have an additional treat this holiday with a Christmas cabaret with our friends from The Sound of Music – A Very Wintergreen Christmas. It’s a holiday spectacular - check the videos and reserve your tickets now.

See you on the slopes, in the restaurants, at the Spa, in the pool …

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry, Merry to You and Yours

We hope your time on the mountain with family and friends is filled with the wonder of the season.

Here’s our recipe for a happy holiday:

  • Start with quality time together
  • Take a deep breath and relax
  • Be generous with smiles
  • Add lots of laughter
  • Give hugs freely
  • Remember to be kind
  • And most of all, be thankful!

Merry Christmas and see you on the slopes!

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Ho Ho Ho

Yes it's a little mild but we still have some great snow conditions and skiing, riding, and tubing. Slopes are open today from 9a-5p. Remember that slopes don't open until 11am tomorrow for Christmas Day. Santa is in the Mountain Inn from 1p-4p. It's your last chance to tell him what you want before his big night tonight.

While you’re on the mountain, take advantage of the extra programming we have available – specialty cocktails at all of our restaurants, live music, Santa on the slopes, Ugly Christmas Sweater day and snowcat rides are a few of our favorites. Check out the full schedule for The 12 Days of Christmas.

We have an additional treat this holiday with a Christmas cabaret with our friends from The Sound of Music – A Very Wintergreen Christmas. It’s a holiday spectacular - check the videos and reserve your tickets now before we sell out.

See you on the slopes.

 santa


Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

Bright and Sun Shiny Tomorrow

The sun will shine tomorrow – Tuesday, so make it a great day at Wintergreen!. Yes, the temperatures have warmed up some, but that’s okay for most southerners. You won’t have to wear extra layers to keep warm. Your nose won’t be runny. The snow will be soft and supple – perfect for those who want to learn to ski and ride.

Remember we have plenty of snow to last. We have the best snowmaking system on east coast and conditions can turn around quickly. Forget Christmas in July, we’re celebrating spring skiing in December – come out and enjoy it!

We have a new event for terrain park groupies. For those who like to have an audience, we’re going to bring the park – or at least a portion of it – to the top of Potato Patch by the Blue Ridge Terrace. It will be a jam session where everyone can enjoy watching you perform your tricks. Mark your calendar for December 29th from 1-2 pm.

While you’re on the mountain, take advantage of the extra programming we have available – specialty cocktails at all of our restaurants, live music, Santa on the slopes, Ugly Christmas Sweater day and snowcat rides are a few of our favorites. Check out the full schedule for The 12 Days of Christmas.

We have an additional treat this holiday with a Christmas cabaret with our friends from The Sound of Music – A Very Wintergreen Christmas. It’s a holiday spectacular - check the videos and reserve your tickets now before we sell out.

See you on the slopes.

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Monday, December 23, 2019

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Plunge Tubing Opens Today


It's a beautiful morning on the Mountain. The slopes are in great condition and The Plunge tubing park opened today. Get your tickets here. We will be skiing and riding on 6 slopes from 9a-5p today. The slopes will have some special Holiday hours around Christmas. 

  • Dec 22 - 24: 9AM – 5PM
  • Dec 25: 11AM - 9PM
  • Dec 26 - 31: 9AM - 9PM

While you’re on the mountain, take advantage of the extra programming we have available – specialty cocktails at all of our restaurants, live music, Santa on the slopes, Ugly Christmas Sweater day and snowcat rides are a few of our favorites. Check out the full schedule for The 12 Days of Christmas.

We have an additional treat this holiday with a Christmas cabaret with our friends from The Sound of Music – A Very Wintergreen Christmas.


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Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Sunday, December 22, 2019

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Plunge Opens Sunday

The snowmaking team has worked hard to get the Plunge open before Christmas and they met the goal! We hope you all take the Plunge tomorrow and ride the scream machine.

While you’re on the mountain, take advantage of the extra programming we have available – specialty cocktails at all of our restaurants, live music, Santa on the slopes, Ugly Christmas Sweater day and snowcat rides are a few of our favorites. Check out the full schedule for The 12 Days of Christmas.

Remember, we have a hugely powerful snowmaking system and when conditions are prime, it can put out literally tons of beautiful white snow. It’s truly amazing what our snowmaking system can accomplish in a short period of time. Since Wednesday we put out 13 million gallons of water to make snow. That’s a lot of gallons. If you lined up 13 million gallon jugs of milk it would come to 1128 miles  which is like driving to the Everglades in Florida or heading west to get some Kansas City BBQ!

We have an additional treat this holiday with a Christmas cabaret with our friends from The Sound of Music – A Very Wintergreen Christmas. It’s a holiday spectacular - check the videos and reserve your tickets now before we sell out.

Baby It's Cold Outside

Ave Maria

See you on the slopes.

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Saturday, December 21, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

More Snowmaking Tonight!

It’s been a beautiful day on the slopes, blue bird skies, great slope conditions and the sun to keep you warm. Hope you brought your sunscreen!

Snowmaking returns tonight and we’ll continue to work on opening slopes and adding to our base. Eagle’s Swoop has been a big hit today – skiers and riders loved having terrain on A-side. Word on the slopes is conditions are amazing!

Attention Tubers - Santa arrived early and The Plunge will open on Sunday! Buy your tickets early to guarantee your tube.

Remember, we have a hugely powerful snowmaking system and when conditions are prime, it can put out literally tons of beautiful white snow. It’s truly amazing what our snowmaking system can accomplish in a short period of time. Since Wednesday we put out 13 million gallons of water to make snow. That’s a lot of gallons. If you lined up 13 million gallon jugs of milk it would come to 1128 miles  which is like diving to the Everglades in Florida or grabbing some Kansas City BBQ!

The Twelve Days of Christmas started today. The Weekend Welcome will kick off for the season with hot chocolate with Kahlua and vanilla wafers topped with an eggnog mousse dip. YUM! Check out the schedule of activities and make your plans to join the fun on top of the mountain. There is still room to book your ride on our monster snowcat on Saturday. Every night this machine grooms the slopes and gets them ready for your morning runs.

We have an additional treat this holiday with a Christmas cabaret with our friends from The Sound of Music – A Very Wintergreen Christmas. It’s a holiday spectacular - check the videos and reserve your tickets now before we sell out.

Baby It's Cold Outside

Ave Maria

See you on the slopes.

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger -lz on Saturday, December 21, 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Big News! Eagle's Opens Friday

Our snowmakers had a very productive night - the winds died down and cold temperatures allowed our snowmakers to put snow where they wanted it. The result is we are ready to open Eagle’s Swoop for Friday. Additionally, The Plunge is getting lots of TLC, so it seems that Santa got our wish list. Stay tuned for the announcement of the opening for the 2019-20 tubing season!

Remember, we have a hugely powerful snowmaking system and when conditions are prime, it can put out literally tons of beautiful white snow. It’s truly amazing what our snowmaking system can accomplish in a short period of time. Check out our webcams and watch our snow grow.

The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Friday. Check out the schedule of activities and make your plans to join the fun on top of the mountain. One of the highlights for this weekend are rides on our monster snowcat. Every night this machine grooms the slopes and gets them ready for your morning runs. Be sure to reserve early, not only for snowcat rides, but also ski or ride lessons, programs for the kids, and holiday dining. We don’t want you to miss anything!

We have an additional treat this holiday with a Christmas cabaret with our friends from The Sound of Music – A Very Wintergreen Christmas. It’s a holiday spectacular - check the videos and reserve your tickets now before we sell out. Check out the promotional videos for the show - it will put you in the holiday mood!

Baby It's Cold Outside

Ave Maria

See you on the slopes.

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Thursday, December 19, 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Snow, Snow, Snow, and We're Making More!

We’re happiest when the snowguns are running full tilt – and they are! With cold temperatures in place, our team of snowmakers is busy doing what they do best – making snow – and lots of it! Our goal is to have Eagle’s Swoop open on Friday. We’ll continue making snow on Upper Tyro, Tequila and Lower Sunrise. And we’re counting on Santa to bring an extra special present of getting tubing open by Christmas. Hope you all have been good this year!

Remember, we have a hugely powerful snowmaking system and when conditions are prime, it can literally put out tons of beautiful white snow. It’s truly amazing what our snowmaking system can accomplish in a short period of time. Check out our webcams and watch our snow grow.

The Twelve Days of Christmas starts on Friday. Check out the schedule of activities and make your plans to join the fun on top of the mountain. One of the highlights for this weekend are rides on our monster snowcat. Every night this machine grooms the slopes and gets them ready for your morning runs. Be sure to reserve early, not only snowcat rides, but also ski or ride lessons, programs for the kids, and holiday dining. We don’t want you to miss anything!

We have an additional treat this holiday - a Christmas cabaret with our friends from The Sound of Music – A Very Wintergreen Christmas. It’s a holiday spectacular - check the videos and reserve your tickets now before we sell out.

Baby It's Cold Outside

Ave Maria

See you on the slopes.

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Great Opening Weekend!

We welcomed skiers and riders to the mountain this past weekend for the opening of the 19-20 winter season. They didn’t let the forecast for precipitation on Saturday stop them and they were rewarded. The rain stopped by 9 AM, the skies cleared by 11AM, and the sun was bright through Sunday. It’s great to have everyone out on the slopes – and it’s only going to get better this week.

Snowmaking temps are back on tonight and it looks like a chance of round the clock snowmaking into the weekend. We’re itching to open more slopes with the goal to get Eagle’s Swoop open for Friday. Of course, we’ll continue to building our base and work on building The Plunge for tubing. Remember SNOWPOWER is awesome and can produce fantastic surface conditions overnight.  Make plans to visit this weekend and enjoy plenty of great snow.

A Very Merry Wintergreen Christmas

But, not only did we open the slopes this weekend, we also celebrated the opening of A Very Wintergreen Christmas with a return visit from the stars of The Sound of Music. The show is an intimate cabaret concert with your favorite holiday songs – Baby, It’s Cold Outside, The 12 Days of Christmas, Santa Baby, Ave Maria, and more. Be sure to get your tickets now! Check out the videos:

Baby It's Cold  
Ave Maria

The Twelve Days of Christmas

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, Wintergreen is your place. Not only will we have tons of winter fun – think skiing, snowboarding and tubing – but we’ve packed the calendar with holiday fun. We’ll have Santa on the slope and Mrs. Claus reading stories and helping to decorate cookies, Monster Snow Cat rides, on slopes games, great dining options, live music, nature workshops with The Nature Foundation, all building up to the grand finale – Fireworks to ring in 2020. Choose your party style and help us remember 2019 and make resolutions for 2020. 

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Opening Day for the 2019-20 Season!

Well, we made it! It’s amazing what our snowmaking crew can accomplish in a few days of cold weather. We’re opening the season with Upper and Lower Dobie, Upper and Lower Cross Trails, Potato Patch and six features in the terrain park.

The rain that greeted us this morning will taper off around 11 AM, finishing out the day with bright sunshine that will continue into Sunday. Make it a great day!

Helpful Tips for the Season

1.     Book your lodging now for the best accommodations, rates, views and more.
2.     Purchase your Mission: Four’dable quad packs for just $209 thru Dec 20.
3.     Buy tickets to the Very Wintergreen Christmas cabaret for your Après activity.
4.     Treat your kids to our Treehouse Ski Programs - they'll thank you for it!
5.     Sign up your beginner family and friends in the 3 for Free Learn-to Ski or Snowboard Program.
6.     Keep an eye out for when The Plunge will open – tubular fun for everyone!
7.     Check out all the events including A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas that's 12 Days of Holiday fun!
8.     Update your gear or find the perfect holiday gifts at retail shops. 
9.     Plan your next meal, happy hour or special holiday dinner at one of our restaurants.
10.   Plenty to do off the slopes too - spa,tennis and golf.

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Saturday, December 14, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Opening Day is Set!

SnowPower was back online this weekend allowing Wintergreen Resort to continue to prepare for opening day on Saturday, December 14 for the 2019.2020 Winter Season (weather permitting).  With a roller coaster of a forecast this week, some luck and the expertise of our Mountain Operations Team, we are looking for every opportunity to continue snowmaking to open as much terrain as possible for opening weekend.  Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime, here is a prep list to get you prepared for the best ski season ever!

  1. Book your lodging now for the best accommodations, rates, views and more.
  2. Purchase your Mission: Four’dable quad packs for just $209 thru Dec 20.
  3. Buy tickets to the Very Wintergreen Christmas cabaret for your Après activity.
  4. Treat your kids to our Treehouse Ski Programs - they'll thank you for it!
  5. Sign up your beginner family and friends in the 3 for Free Learn-to Ski or Snowboard Program.
  6. Spend the evening snow tubing at The Plunge.
  7. Check out all the events including A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas that's 12 Days of Holiday fun!
  8. Update your gear or find the perfect holiday gifts at retail shops. 
  9. Plan your next meal, happy hour or special holiday dinner at one of our restaurants.
  10. Plenty to do off the slopes too - spa,tennis and golf.

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger -lz on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Three for FREE Ski or Snowboard Lessons!

We'll make it easy for you to learn to ski or snowboard this December. As part of Wintergreen Resort's on going mission to make skiing and snowboarding more affordable and more accessible, we are bring back a program like no other - the 3 Free Learn-To Ski or Snowboard Program!

Here are details:
When:  The program is only offered December 14 thru December 22, 2019
Who:  First-time, never-ever skiers and snowboarder, ages 8 and up
What:  Reserve up to 3 FREE learn-to ski or snowboard lessons (includes a 75 minute never-ever lesson and lift ticket / rental for the duration of the lesson)
Where:  You will pick up your tickets at the ticket windows when you arrive and then meet at the lesson area.
How:  You must register online at least two days in advance. After registering, we'll send you an email chock-full of useful information to prepare you for your on-snow experience.

There is limited availability and the lesson is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Click here for all the details and to register.

For the Graduate!
If you register and complete 3 of the learn-to programs, you will qualify for:
$209 Season Pass valid for the 19.20 Winter Season

It's that easy. Let the bears hibernate this winter, you can get out and enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this time from the slopes! How cool is that?

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Wednesday, December 04, 2019