Wintergreen is located in Nelson County, VA, in the central part of Virginia midway between the metropolitan areas of Charlottesville and Lynchburg. The county is bordered on the east by the James River and on the west by the Blue Ridge Mountains. A large portion of the western section of the county is in the George Washington National Forest. Elevations range from about 500 feet above sea level near the James River to as high as 4,000 feet in the Blue Ridge. The county is almost in the geographic center of Virginia and by car, is about two hours from Richmond, three hours from Washington, D.C. and four hours from Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The Wintergreen Resort is set in 11,000-acres, with terrain ranging from mountainous to a gently-rolling valley.
The Wintergreen Resort has magnificent mountain views, sumptuous luxury, and thrilling recreation. Spanning 11,000 acres on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the resort has condominiums and vacation homes surrounded by winding trails, cascading streams and lush forests. The resort is designed to provide outstanding leisure pursuits throughout the four seasons of the year. Ski slopes, open day and night, allow skiing for both beginners and experts. Wintergreen is one of only five resorts south of New York State to offer a thousand-foot vertical drop. Two golf courses, swimming, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, cycling, and canoeing provide opportunities for recreation for the entire family. Five restaurants, a gallery of specialty shops, and luxurious condominiums and villas help complete the total resort package. Wintergreen Resort, with property available both on the mountain top and in the valley below is a unique location for both vacationers and retirees.
The resort offers 45 holes of championship golf seasonal skiing, snowboarding and The Plunge snowtubing is a 900 foot snow tubing hill which consists of 12 lanes; a Terrain Park with jibs and rails; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service, destination spa; and a variety of dining options. The resort rises from approximately 600 feet above sea level in the valley at Stoney Creek to an elevation of close to 4,000 feet on the mountain.
Due to its elevation, the resort has a very seasonal climate, with mountain cool temperatures and low humidity in spring and summer. Summer temperatures rarely exceed 82 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Colder temperatures in winter, combined with the mountain elevation, allow for various winter sports December through March.
During the winter, there are 32 trails available for skiing and snowboarding, 14 of the trails are available for night skiing/snowboarding. There are 5 chair lifts; 2 High Speed 6-person lifts, one quad lift, one triple and one double. The resort has exceptional snow-making capability.
Most of the resort and surrounding mountaintop attractions range from 2500 to 4000 feet in elevation and therefore average considerably cooler than the nearby valley towns such as Staunton, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg. Temperatures on average fall about 4 °F for every thousand feet of elevation making Wintergreen's summit typically 10-15 degrees colder than the valley towns. This allows for ample winter snowmaking and increased natural snowfall. However, due to its location well east of the highest ridge of the Appalachians, Wintergreen receives only about 35 inches a year of natural snow versus some 175 inches in prime spots 100 miles (161 km) to the west. Recent improvements in computerized snowmaking more than make up for the difference and Wintergreen is much closer and more convenient to the major population centers on the east coast, such as Washington D.C. and Richmond, VA, Norfolk, and the research Triangle area of North Carolina.
With one golf course nearly 4000 feet above sea level and another 42 holes (Stoney Creek) at over 900 feet, golfers can choose their weather for playing. The Devil's Knob course typically is in the cool low 80s when Charlottesville is pushing 100 in the hot summer months. In winter, skiers can be enjoying excellent snow with temperatures in the 30's while at the same time, golfers at Stoney Creek are only slightly chilled with temperatures in the 50s.