Wintergreen Resort: 11,000 Acres of Skiing Fun
Go on a skiing adventure on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Photo courtesy of Adrian H. Wood
Wintergreen Resort, located on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Nellysford, Virginia, spans 11,000 acres of loveliness. A central lodge is located at the top of the ski resort and a variety of condominiums and vacation homes are scattered amongst winding trails past waterfalls and thick forests. Here in these rolling lands, your family — particularly your children — will experience a little piece of heaven.
The Tree house
The Tree house is located right on the slopes. It’s a spot where kids ages 3 and older can play. Kids who have special needs, like Down syndrome or autism, are also welcome and thrive in this environment. Children can complete an hour of skiing, play in the snow or be pulled in a sled if they like. Half- and full-day sessions are available. Lunch is offered to the full-day crowd and hot cocoa is available to everyone. Parents can drop their kids off and ski kid-free if they’d like.
Ridgely's Fun Park
In the summer, Wintergreen Resort uses its Ridgely's Fun Park area to show movies and set up outdoor games. Our family went when there was lots of snow, and my four children, ages 3-11, had a ball. The hill was perfect for sledding with toddlers and little kids and could catch a ride up the hill on the “walkavator.” Our children climbed in and out of the igloo and did some easy tubing. There was also a tubing course for adults and older children.
Kid’s Night Out
Kid’s Night Out is available to children ages 4 and older on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Kids can watch movies or play games like pingpong and air hockey, hang out with new friends and have dinner at the club. Reservations are recommended for this popular event.
The Wintergreen Aquatics and Fitness Center offers an indoor pool year-round and an outdoor pool Memorial Day through Labor Day. Children younger than age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy indoor and outdoor hot tubs, as well as fully equipped changing and shower rooms with plenty of towels. Free shuttles are also available to guests. We went to the pool after an early dinner, took showers there and put the kids in pajamas before heading back to our condo.
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports is a program that provides outdoor sports and recreational opportunities for kids and adults who have disabilities. It encompasses a cabin right by the slope where families can park. The professionals there helped our son, Amos, go skiiing, but they also help guests with a variety of other activities — like snowboarding, kayaking, golfing and canoeing.
Amos was hesitant to ski, so we chose the bi-ski option for him. This involves an adaptive sled on two skis, which is one of the reasons this program is a well-known paralympic sports club. Amos had his own instructor who steered him down the slopes as the rest of our family followed behind. We were taken to the front of the line, which was great for a little person who's not so good at waiting, and then we skied all afternoon.
Learn more about Wintergreen Resort at wintergreenresort.com.
Adrian H. Wood, Ph.D., is a North Carolina writer who lives in Edenton with her husband and four children, the youngest of whom has extra-special needs. Read more of her writing at talesofaneducateddebutante.com.