On the Piste at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia

The Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains dominate Western Virginia with the immense Shenandoah Valley falling between the ranges. The central Piedmont region, characterized by its rolling hills, levels out into the intensive sandy coastal plain toward that vast expanse of water we know as the Atlantic Ocean.

Anyone contemplating skiing in Virginia would do well to visit Blue Ridge Mountains where the Wintergreen Resort offers what many regards as the best and most exciting winter sports facilities in the region. This stunning 11,000-acre ski area provides enchanting mountain views and offers a first rate winter ski destination or weekend retreat with top class skiing and snowboarding, first rate accommodation and many culinary delights.

Wintergreen Resort has a refreshing atmosphere of peace and tranquility, with a wide selection of winter activities. The resort is located in the heart of Central Virginia adjunct to the Blue Ridge Parkway, just 90 minutes from Richmond and roughly three hours from Washington, DC and North Carolina. Wintergreen Resort is accessible by car, air and rail.

Wintergreen offers 25 slopes and five lifts (including two high-speed, six-passenger lifts) on 125 skiable acres. This Virginian ski resort features slopes which offer the most extensive beginner-to-expert terrain, with 14 slopes lit for night time skiing. This is the best ski resort you will find in Virginia and it boasts the single best ski resort in the South.

Not all ski resorts have a good selection of slopes to cater for all abilities. Wintergreen, however, is a great all-round destination with 20% of the terrain is suitable for beginners, 40% for intermediates and 40% for advanced skiers. Wintergreen's credentials for winter sports are impressive and there is even a dedicated terrain park for snowboarding. With a top elevation of 3516 feet and a 1003 foot vertical drop, Wintergreen Resort has an intense scope for beginners and experts alike.

For the months of the year when not covered by snow there are many activities to enjoy. There are winding forest trails, cascading streams and outdoor activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, boating and hiking. The tennis facilities are second to none and the resort enjoys two golf courses with some 45 holes of championship golf as well as a mountain top spa and dining options for the most discerning guest.

Families are also able to have a great time and there are a variety of special packages and special children's programs with the goal of keeping all visitors happy throughout the year. The special children's programs allow them to learn about birds, fossils, wild flowers and stream life. To this end there are frequent guided hikes through the resort's own nature reserve.

The Outdoor Wilderness Leadership school offers corporate retreats, rappelling, mountain biking and real rock climbing. The Out of Bounds Adventure Center is a winning attraction at the resort with rock climbing and bungee trampolines.

Source by Kerry Devere

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