Nelson County, VA
Wintergreen Resort in central Virginia—twice named “Best Ski Resort” by the readers of WashingtonPost.com—is adding to its arsenal of snowmaking guns for the 2012-13 season. This is just part of the largest expansion in snowmaking on the resort’s 26 slopes (129 skiable acres) in more than a decade.
As part of a previously announced plan to invest nearly $12 million in infrastructure improvements, the new high-tech snowmaking equipment will allow opening more ski and snowboard terrain earlier while maintaining more consistent snow conditions throughout the ski season, which can now run even longer.
The extensive improvements include:
Double the snowmaking production
More snowmaking guns on more slopes
More snow on Terrain Park, allowing the area to open earlier
More snow in The Plunge, which will open earlier in the season and stay open longer
More after-hours snowmaking meaning fewer interruptions during daylight
A new, 5,000,000-gallon raw-water storage tank and pumping station
Faster response time when unpredictable weather takes a toll
This is the most significant upgrading of snowmaking equipment and capacity at Wintergreen since the 2001-2003 seasons when the snowmaking process was automated.
The scope of the project includes:
5 million gallons of on-mountain water storage allowing for increased production
3000+ GPM of water cooling, resulting in increased production
16-inch pipeline from the snowmaking plant to key points within the ski area, resulting in much higher water volume and increased water pressure
Additional 4000 GPM of high pressure fully automated water pumping (previous maximum was 4000 GPM), resulting in a total max production output of 8,000 GPM
Additional 3000 GPM of water cooling (cold water increases snow production)
Additional TechnoAlpin fan snow guns
Additional MyNeige tower snow guns
The investment of money, resources, and manpower will enhance every snow sports enthusiast’s experience by producing more snow of better quality across the resort’s terrain.
Wintergreen Resort, located 35 miles southwest of Charlottesville, Va., is a four-season mountain retreat with beautiful views on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Situated on 11,000 acres adjacent to the George Washington National Forest, the Resort offers a unique vacation, social, and conference setting with skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, 45 holes of championship golf, a tennis center with three indoor courts and 19 outdoor clay courts, a full-service spa featuring 13 treatment rooms, a fitness center, and multiple dining options. Additional amenities include a lake, swimming pools, a youth entertainment center, and 40,000 square feet of combined indoor/outdoor meeting space.
Wintergreen Resort offers room rates based on the type of accommodations, ranging from studios to multi-bedroom houses. For complete information access the Web site at www.wintergreenresort.com or call (434) 325-2200.