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Friday, June 28, 2019

Tons of Summer Fun

Summer is here and we have tons of fun planned. Check it out!

Discovery Ridge Adventure Center

This summer be sure to stop by the Discovery Ridge Adventure Center. It’s getting a complete facelift with lots of new attractions that your family will love.

  • Gem Mining   Kids of all ages will thrill to discover what pioneer prospectors discovered while mining for gold. We have a sluice set up, so get your hands wet and pan for fossils and gemstones and discover the fun of prospecting.
  • Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course! Channel your inner ninja and test your speed, strength and agility on our new 8 obstacle course.
  • Bouldering Wall  Bouldering is a form of rock climbing performed on rock walls without the use of ropes or harnesses. The goal is to traverse across the wall horizontally, not to scale a tower.
  • E-Mountain Bikes  Stay tuned for when our E-bikes will be ready for guided tours. We plan to have a mountain tour for the more experienced riders and a valley tour for beginners.
  • Mini Golf  We’re adding a ski theme to our miniature golf course. Come check it out. The first 9 holes will be complete for July 4th.
  • The Plunge Summer tubing is getting a new track. It’s 650 feet of thrills and chills in our summertime setting.
  • Archery  Archery will be back online soon and in a new location. Stay tuned for details.

Most of our improvements will be ready for the July 4th celebration. Hope to see you all at Discovery Ridge!

Lake Monocan

We hope all of you have stopped by the Lake to see what judicial pruning and trimming can accomplish. Views have been expanded, the snack shop updated, and our fleet of kayaks has grown adding five new kayaks, two fishing kayaks and a tandem kayak. We also expanded the swimming area a bit for additional room to splash, play games and swim. It’s just not summer without lots of water-time.

Upcoming Events

  • July 4-7 July 4th Jubilee - With fabulous music, axe throwing, block parties, great food and thirst quenching sips and, of course, THE BEST FIREWORKS! Help us celebrate the red, white and blue.
  • July 12-14 By the Light of the Silvery Moon - Pay tribute to Apollo 11’s moon landing just 50 years ago! We plan to celebrate all things moon this weekend.
  • July 19-10 Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest featuring Love Canon. Thanks, Wintergreen Music!
  • July 29 All About Brew Golf Tournament – benefitting Adipsy. Join the fun!
  • August 2 Salsa! Learn some new dance steps before Bio Ritmo get you dancing in the aisles. Again, thank you Wintergreen Music!
  • Splash Parties  -Throughout the summer join us for luau parties at Lake Monocan and splash parties up at The Wintergarden Pool. Very cool.
  • Movies Under the Stars - Enjoy big screen stars on our big screen. July 6: Star Wars – A New Hope; July 20 Star Wars- The Empire Strikes Back; August 3: The Wizard of Oz; August 17: The Greatest Showman, and August 31: The Sound of Music. Check This Week at Wintergreen for times and locations.
  • August 31-September 2 Summer’s End Festival and Cabin Jam. Farewell to summer!
  • September 5-29 The Sound of Music Don’t miss it! When have you ever arrived at a Broadway musical via a chairlift ride. It’s going to be a unique experience.

See you on the Mountain – and in the Valley!

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger on Friday, June 28, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wintergreen Joins the NSAA Climate Challenge

All five PGRI resorts have signed on for the industry effort to promote sustainable slopes

When the National Ski Areas Association put out the call for member resorts to join in the NSAA Climate Challenge this year, Wintergreen Resort answered with a resounding, “Yes,” along with the other four ski areas in the Pacific Group Resorts, Inc. portfolio.  NSAA’s Climate Challenge initiative has been around for several years, and more regional destination resorts are starting to be in a position to join industry stalwarts such as Jackson Hole, Deer Valley, and Stratton in the efforts to reduce energy usage and thus carbon emissions.  Geraldine Link, Director of Public Policy at NSAA, exclaimed in her emailed response about Wintergreen and the other PGRI resorts’ involvement, “NSAA is excited to see all these ski areas enter the Climate Challenge.  It is awesome!”

Rod Kessler, General Manager of Wintergreen Resort, noted the resort has already named a steering committee of staffers to develop and implement the eco-friendly programs, and he has named a “sustainability champion,” Director of Golf Operations, Fred Biggers, who would be leading the efforts at the resort.  Kessler also indicated the committee had drafted the initial list of actions to be executed over the next several years to reduce waste and energy usage with the objective of eventually getting to a carbon neutral footprint.

Wintergreen’s spokesperson for the environmental initiative, Betsy Dunkerton, explained it is important to approach the NSAA Climate Challenge as a collaborative effort involving guests as well as resort operations.  “We can reduce idling time for our groomers and buses, and we can buy carbon credits and recycle and compost.  We can even ask our suppliers to reduce the amount of cardboard used when they ship items to us, but those efforts won’t get us all the way to our goal.  As part of our sustainability effort, we will be educating our guests in how they can help by respecting the no idling zones in our drop off areas and making sure they participate in the recycling programs and use refillable water bottles instead of single use plastic containers.  Our pitch to them is pretty simple – we’re all in this together, so let’s all pitch in.”

Being that Wintergreen Resort is the centerpiece of an 11,000 acre environmentally friendly community, it has long advocated for the preservation of the natural landscape.  “We operate in a pristine alpine environment,” concluded Kessler, “and we’d like to help keep it that way for generations of our members and resort guests.  Reducing waste and our carbon footprint is something we all believe in, so we are very pleased to be part of NSAA’s Climate Challenge.”

Last Edited by Mountain Messenger -lz on Wednesday, June 19, 2019