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Skiing in Virginia at Wintergreen Resort

Jun 12, 2008
Western Virginia is a mountainous area, covered by the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains with the great Shenandoah Valley falling between the ranges. The central Piedmont region, with its rolling hills, flattens out into the sandy coastal plain toward the Atlantic Ocean.

If you are considering a ski vacation in Virginia then the place to be is in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Here you will find Wintergreen Resort which boasts the most thrilling winter recreational area in the Mid-Atlantic. It is a beautiful 11,000-acre hideaway with breathtaking mountain views, offering the ultimate getaway, with world-class skiing and snowboarding, charming lodging and first rate dining options.

Wintergreen Resort is both peaceful and refreshing, with a vast selection of winter activities and is accessible by car, air and rail. The resort is located in the heart of Virginia adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, just 90 minutes from Richmond and approximately three hours from Washington, D.C. and North Carolina.

Wintergreen is undoubtedly the best ski resort you will find in Virginia and very probably the single best ski resort in the south. The 25 trails and 5 lifts (with 2 high speed six person chairs) and one surface lift serve an extensive network of beginner to advanced terrain with 14 of the slopes floodlit for night time skiing.

Wintergreen Resort has a top elevation of 3516 feet, with a 1003 foot vertical drop and has enormous scope for beginners and experts alike and all will find suitable trails at Wintergreen Resort. The longest run is a distance of 1.4 miles. 20% of the terrain is suitable for beginners, 40% for intermediates and 40% for advanced skiers. There is also a dedicated terrain park for snowboarding. Wintergreen's credentials for winter sports are impressive.

The warmer months offer a treasure trove of activities. Being a four-season vacation and conference venue, you will find winding trails, cascading streams and lush forests. There are outdoor activities such as hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, swimming, mountain biking and boating. The resort offers 45 holes of championship golf on two courses, an award-winning tennis program, a full-service, mountaintop spa, an assortment of tempting dining options and more.

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 preserve.

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.
About the Author
Kerry Devere thoroughly enjoys skiing and snowboarding and especially powder skiing. Before you plan your next ski safari, read more of her ski destination reviews .
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