Skiers and snowboarders were swooshing down the slopes at Wintergreen Saturday night.
The Nelson County resort opened on Saturday, two weeks earlier than expected thanks to Mother Nature's cold blast.
About 1,500 people skied at Wintergreen on this year's sunny opening day that arrived almost two weeks earlier than usual.
“Today is an incredible day for us,” says Jay Roberts, Vice President of Resort Operations at Wintergreen. “It's the day that snow lovers wait for all summer long.”
The cold weather allowed Wintergreen's snow machines to turn about 24 million gallons of water into snow.
“We have an average base of 24 to 30 inches,” says Roberts.
Intermediate and beginner slopes were covered with fresh powder.
“It's good, dry snow,” Roberts says. “The colder this temperature, the dryer the machine makes snow.”
Advanced slopes are expected to open December 13. Right now, though, the beginner slopes are perfect for Carl Ragland and his 3-year-old granddaughter.
“I'm trying to get her to look up, follow the teddy bear as I turn in front of her so she gets the concept of turning,” Ragland says.
Wintergreen slopes open for day-skiing Sunday and December 7-8. Night-skiing starts on December 13.
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