Wintergreen Winding Down Ski Season
Wintergreen, VA - As Wintergreen prepares to wrap up its ski season later than ever this Saturday, the general manager says they're "pleased" with how things went.
In honor of the latest ski season in Virginia history, they invited the media to try out the slopes in a way we've never seen before.
After walking through the front lobby, we head out to the slopes to meet up with the general manager of Wintergreen. Hank Thiess gave us a rundown of the day's events:
"When you go out and tool around, you'll see that all our trails are still covered and there are places that we still have ten or 15 feet of snow," Thiess said.
He says the month of March was the coldest on record, letting them keep 80 percent of their slopes open.
Tucker Crolius, the Director of Ski Patrol, showed ABC 13's Rachel Schaerr the slopes by snowmobile.
He pointed out some of the $12 million dollars in upgrades, including new snow guns and a new water tower which allows them to make a lot more snow.
"In many seasons, the Pitcher's Cliff area is one of the first to go,"' Crolius said, explaining that even in April the expert slopes have good snow coverage.
The official numbers for the entire ski season aren't out yet, but the resort is confident it will make up for the slow start back in December.
That's a good thing for Nelson County's largest employer and for Crolius who'd like to keep his job.
"It's way fun. It beats working for a living," he said.
To celebrate Wintergreen's official last day this Saturday, lift tickets are just $25 and for $50 dollars that includes ski or snowboard rentals.