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Wintergreen Resort Opens Ski Slopes as Snowfall Hits Central Virginia

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Snowboarders are excited about this early snowfall Snowboarders are excited about this early snowfall
Wintergreen Resort officially opened on Dec. 8 Wintergreen Resort officially opened on Dec. 8
NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Some people may not be fans of the snow, but it was a winter wonderland for all the skiers and snowboarders at Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County.

Getting to the slopes was a challenge with all the snow on Sunday, December, 9, but that didn't stop people from making their way to Wintergreen to hit the slopes.

This wet snowfall has skiers hitting the slopes early this year.

"This year, fall's been very kind to us with lots of water so we've been able to produce that in snow - nice cold temperatures,” Zack Marlowe, the director of ski operations at Wintergreen, said.

On Sunday morning, skiers got an even bigger surprise.

“Mother Nature's been really phenomenal to us, giving us this great nice, cold weather, so we make plenty of snow and then this morning she gave us another beautiful surprise bringing the snow storm to us," Marlowe said.

With the slopes open early, many people are excited about hitting the slopes and coming to the resort from out of town.

"I live in Virginia Beach, it doesn't snow that often, so it's nice to get out of the beach and get up in the mountains and just be with nature," Chip Lollar, who came to Wintergreen on Sunday, said.

Last year's dry conditions made making artificial snow difficult.

"Last year, some of the struggles we had, Mother Nature wasn't as kind to us with our water,” Marlowe said. “Of course, we need that water supply to make our snow."

But skiers and snowboarders are thankful for this year's snowy conditions.

"It's great,” Lollar said. “I mean, anytime you can get skiing or snowboarding before, you know, New Year’s, before Christmas, it's just a bonus around here."

And Wintergreen is predicting a strong ski season this winter.

"So far, we're off with a really good start this year,” Marlowe said. “We've got some really beautiful snow, our slopes have been opening, each day we get more slopes open, so, you know, we're expecting a really good year this year."

Wintergreen officially opened its doors on Saturday, December 8.

Click here for times and dates the resort will be open.