September 5, 2012
Wintergreen Resort announced its new owner, James C. Justice Companies, will invest nearly $12 million in facilities and infrastructure improvements.
“We’re relieved, we’re just really happy somebody who loves Wintergreen came in and basically rescued the situation,” said Mary Hamilton, Wintergreen Resident.
$6 million will be used to build a five-million gallon raw water storage tank and pumping station. That is designed to double the resort's snowmaking capacity for the upcoming ski season.
Wintergreen says new high-tech snowmaking equipment will allow the resort to open more ski and snowboard terrain earlier and to delivery more consistent snow conditions throughout the season.
“We hope that the early season we will have more trails and lifts running. Once we get in full operation, we’ll be able to stay in full operation throughout the season, in spite of the various weather conditions that sometimes challenge that,” said Hank Thiess, Wintergreen Manager.
Wintergreen also announced the golf course and facilities at Devils Knob will be privatized. Access will be limited to members, their guests and resort guests. That change will begin starting with the spring 2014 season. Wintergreen's second golf course, Stoney Creek will remain public.
Jim Justice, who owns the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, bought Wintergreen earlier this year after the Nelson County resort experienced a slew of financial problems.
Other projects for Wintergreen include upgrades and expansion of the Aquatics and Fitness Center, renovation of Devils Grill, and upgrades to the fitness facility at Stoney Creek.
The Justice Companies have committed another $3.2 million to maintenance and improvements throughout the resort.