Saturday Escape: Wintergreen Resort, VA

Saturday Escape: Wintergreen Resort, VA

As I have mentioned before, any excuse to road trip is a good excuse to road trip in our household, which is why we recently traveled to Wintergreen Resort for a (mini) road trip and Saturday escape. On the days that we travel, we wake up extra early, and I make a big breakfast while Will rounds up our gear. We’re a good team in this way. Call us crazy, but we like to be on the road before sunrise. There is something so special about watching the sun come up, and there are very few cars on the road at this hour on a Saturday, which makes the early morning start both rewarding and peaceful.

Three hours and one minute after leaving Georgetown, we arrived at Wintergreen Resort. The resort has a 90s vibe, which was fine by me as I was properly dressed for the occasion. 😉

Wintergreen Resort VA

From the outside, the buildings were slightly dated but overall charming. Honestly, I loved it. The resort put its energy into making good snow and directing long lift lines. As a visitor who would spend more time on the slopes than in the resort (it was only a day trip), I couldn’t have appreciated their effort more.

Wintergreen Resort Lift

The mountain was smaller than we expected, but the conditions were great. Clear skies and fresh, powdery man-made snow made for a perfect bluebird day. After one run on a smooth, family-friendly green, we moved to the east side of the mountain and skied blues and blacks for the rest of the day. Though the runs were short and the lines were getting longer as the day wore on, the slow-moving lift meant that you were mostly by yourself on the runs. This was perfect for me, as I’d prefer to go down a black with only my favorite ski buddy (and personal coach) — which is exactly what happened despite the crowds!

Ski Wintergreen Resort

The same could not be said of the west side. We cruised into the “experts only” area to find it packed with even more people! The high-speed lift made for shorter, faster lines but also busier crowds on these steeper, longer runs. It was still fun, despite a few reckless snowboarders who shook my confidence as they clipped my skis (their fault, not mine!). **Disclaimer: My brother snowboards, so I think snowboarding is awesome, but my heart drops every time I hear a board scrape the snow very close behind me. Does anyone else feel this way??

Girl Skiing Virginia

Overall, we were very impressed with Wintergreen Resort. At just $79/adult on the weekends, it was cheaper than the other nearby resorts we visited, including Liberty and Whitetail, and the resort offers a 20% military discount. For $126 total for full-day passes, Wintergreen was a steal!

Fresh snow wintergreen

For my next daring adventure, I think we might try night skiing (4pm-close), which is only $44/person on the weekends. We can’t wait to go back. We’re just hoping a few good snow storms head this way!

Did you do anything fun this weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

xx
Courtney

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  1. February 7, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    This sounds like an awesome mini getaway! You’re inspiring me to take a mini trip this weekend to go cross country skiing (I can’t handle downhill!).
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    • The Daring Darling
      February 8, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Hi Kristen! You should! Sometimes the little trips are the most fun. I just recently tried cross country skiing. Oh my goodness, that is a workout! I’m sure you have beautiful places to do this in Alaska. Have fun & thanks for stopping by. 🙂
      xx
      Courtney

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