Slopes at Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County to Stay Open Into Spring Season
NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Spring is right around the corner, but a ski resort in Nelson County said it might still be open with snow on the slopes until the beginning of April.
It may have been close to 70 degrees on Sunday, but that's didn’t stop the fun at Wintergreen Resort.
Wintergreen Resort’s skiing season opened a few weeks early due to the weather cooperating, and the resort said they may be closing later than usual.
"There's still a lot of great skiing to be had,” said Director of Ski Operations Zachary Marlowe. "We’re still 100 percent open, which is great for a late March down here in Virginia."
Mother Nature remained on the resort's side.
"Season's been really good. We had a great kick off to the season, got 20 inches of snow early off. December got a little warm for us but you know with our snow making system here, we were able to manage through that,” stated Marlowe.
Some skiers said they had to hurry to fit in one final ski trip before the season ends.
"We were talking to a ski patrolman on the way up and I asked him how many more weekends they have left, he figured at least one if we're lucky,” said skier Scott Crary.
It turned out that there was no reason to rush.
Marlowe said, "Mild temperatures are coming back in so winter is kind of creeping back in this week and next week, so we looking at the depth out here, we could have snow well into April."
Marlowe said as long as there's snow, the slopes will be open.
"9 times out of 10 we always have snow here but people kind of forget we have snow up here in the mountains."
Normally Wintergreen Resort closes around the second week in March, but they still have well over 12 feet of snow so people have little more time if they want to ski.