James C. Justice Companies, owner of the Wintergreen Resort, announced that nearly $12 million will be invested in facilities and infrastructure improvements over the next 16 months. This was highlighted by an immediate $6-million infusion, in cooperation with the Nelson County Service Authority, to build a five-million gallon raw water storage tank and pumping station that will double the resort’s snowmaking capacity for the ski season, as well as provide redundant water supply to the water treatment plant.
The new snowmaking equipment is expected to allow Wintergreen Resort, twice named “Best Ski Resort” by readers of WashingtonPost.com, to open more ski and snowboard terrain earlier, and to deliver more consistent snow conditions throughout the season.
Other near-term projects include upgrades and expansion of the Wintergreen Aquatics and Fitness Center; renovation of Devils Grill, the mountaintop clubhouse restaurant; and upgrades to the fitness facility at Stoney Creek.
As part of the renovation, the golf course and facilities at Devils Knob will be privatized. Access will be available to members, their guests and registered resort guests starting with the spring 2014 season. At an elevation of 3,850 feet, the Devils Knob golf course, designed by Ellis and Dan Maples, is the highest in Virginia with 50-mile views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish Valleys.
The Justice Companies have committed another $3.2 million to maintenance and improvements throughout the resort.
Wintergreen Resort, located 35 miles southwest of Charlottesville, Va., is a four-season mountain retreat with views on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Situated on 11,000 acres adjacent to the George Washington National Forest, the resort boasts: 45 holes of championship golf, a tennis center with three indoor courts and 19 outdoor clay courts, a full-service spa featuring 13 treatment rooms, a fitness center, and multiple dining options. Additional amenities include a lake, swimming pools, a youth entertainment center, and 40,000 square feet of combined indoor/outdoor meeting space.