To accommodate skiers, there are six lifts, including five chair lifts and one surface lift. There is also a dedicated terrain park for snowboarding. The resort is located near Charlottesville, Virginia, and you will experience breathtaking views of the Appalachian
Mountains, and be surrounded by luxury that most people only dream of. There is also a world class golf course located near the resort.
Known as the single best ski resort in the South, Wintergreen Resort in Virginia has quite a bit to offer skiers
Featuring 11,000 acres with 19 trails, Wintergreen has a top elevation of 3516 feet, with a 1003 foot vertical drop. Beginners, intermediates, and experts will all find suitable trails at Wintergreen Resort.
Other activities include tubing, snowmobiling, tennis, hiking, and horseback riding. The Out of Bounds Adventure Center is a very popular attraction at the resort with rock climbing and bungee trampolines. The Outdoor Wilderness Leadership school offers corporate retreats, real rock climbing, rappelling, and mountain biking.
This is an ideal spot for a family vacation. You and your children can participate in a variety of craft workshops, enjoy campfires and storytelling, go on hay rides, and enjoy many more community events that are scheduled throughout the year. There are many planned activities for families, including winter hiking, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and swimming in a cozy indoor pool.
While vacationing at Wintergreen Resort, make time to see the civil war history, attractions, and visit the local wineries as well. Also take time to enjoy the Wintergreen Spa. At the spa, you can be pampered with massages, body wraps, skin treatments and nail care. You can also visit the Mountaintop Aquatic and Fitness Center, which features the latest in cardiovascular equipment, strength equipment, heated pools, hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas.
The Wintergreen Performing Arts has many musical performances throughout the year that are sure to delight you and your family. If you are less interested in culture, and more interested in nature, the Wintergreen Nature Foundation is for you. This foundation promotes the understanding and conservation of natural resources that the Blue Ridge
Mountains are famous for.
No matter what your interests are, if getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life is what you want, this is the number one spot in the South for fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The Wintergreen Resort is open all year long, with activities that are suitable for every season.
Have you tried winter skiing at Aspen Colorado? Why not give it a try in your next winter vacation?
If you are looking for a bit of adventurous winter skiing vacation, the Aspen Ski Resorts in Colorado may be just what you are looking for. When people talk about a winter skiing vacation in Aspen, they most likely are referring to the Ajax Mountain, which rises directly above Aspen town.
Unknown to many people, there are actually 4 ski mountains linked together with the name of Aspen and all of the four ski areas are further linked together on the same lift ticket.
The Roaring Fork Valley, another ski resort in Aspen is technically the most challenging ski areas in Colorado, Aspen, followed by the Buttermilk, which is often billed as the best beginner ski mountain in the Rocky Mountains.
Then there is the massive Snowmass, a ski area which is bigger than the other 3 resorts put together. Any wonder why this ski area is called Snowmass?
The Snowmass prides itself on its extensive intermediate skiing terrain and have plenty of extreme slopes too for the more adventurous and advanced skiers.
The ski trails and ‘dump’ runs in Ajax have queer sounding names like Bear Paw, Zaugg Dump, Last Dollar, Perry’s Prowl and Short Snort. All these dump runs are fairly short, sharp and challenging descents are built on the steep mountain slopes where gold miners of old once tunneled their way into the mountain in search of the precious metal.
Novice skiers are discouraged from skiing Ajax not so much so because of the challenging terrain, but because getting off the mountain at the end of the day can be a very intimidating experience.
Most of the skiing is done at the top of the mountain, but the main ski slopes such as the Cooper Bowl and Spar Gulch tend to be somewhat fast and furious in which intermediates and expert skiers in Aspen Colorado plunge their way down in dizzying speed.
Unless the novice skiers travel back down on the Silver Queen gondola, they will be forced into the very narrow and steep gullies to plummet like a heat seeking missile. This can be a very terrifying experience for someone new to winter snow skiing. The gentler ski area at the Buttermilk will be a better choice for novice skiers and beginners.
The Aspen Highlands is Aspen’s real attraction. It is the only one of the four ski resorts in Aspen that is independently owned. The Highlands had developed a reputation for being the most challenging and yet the cheapest and least expensive resort in the Roaring Fork Valley.
While most skiers in Aspen will only ski on the Ajax Mountain, hard core skiers and speed demons will make their way to the ski lift system to take them to the breathtaking steep slopes of Aspen Highland’s Olympic Bowl, Steeple Chase and Temerity, skiing exhilarating runs like Mushroom, Aces and Eights and Deception which starts steep and gets steeper along the way.