Skiing Season Update

It has been an interesting winter to say the least. First, we had very cold temperatures in January but no snow or water to make snow due to an earlier lack of rain. Then we had plenty of water in February, but 65-70 degree weather made it too warm to make snow. However, when everyone in the Southeast closed early for the season, Wintergreen did not give up, and continued through with “tightrope” skiing. When it turned cold again, the resort was ready, made more snow, and continued the ski season with very good skiing until St. Patrick’s weekend and beyond.

Wintergreen has one of the best and most sophisticated snow making systems in the nation and if the weather cooperates, we are golden! However, it is obvious after three or four poor ski seasons that we cannot continue to count on ski season as the major revenue producer for the resort.

Meet Rod Kessler

Rod Kessler, Wintergreen’s new General Manager, understands the need to reduce our dependence on skiing alone, because of his extensive background in both the ski, resort and recreation industries. Rod was the G.M. for Stowe www.stowe.com and Revelstoke in B.C. www.revelstokemountainresort.com as well as a senior executive for L.L. Bean before coming to Wintergreen. He has a vision for Wintergreen that will not only make us a major resort destination in the near future but also enhance your property values. Try and meet Rod the next time you are here.

Pipeline Project

The Pipeline is now a reality. If you have been to the mountain in the past week or two, you have seen that the right-of-way clearing has started at the main gate. The survey work has been completed, trees on the left side of Rt. 664 have been cut, and they have started clearing a path on Fortunes Mountain. As you may have heard, W.P.O.A. has come to an arrangement with Dominion Resources, the pipeline owner, and has allowed them to cross the open space. The pipeline does not seem to have had an adverse effect on the pace of sales or property values. We have an expensive home on Fortunes Point under contract with buyers aware of the pipeline near the property. I do not believe that the pipeline will affect property values negatively in the long term. Wintergreen has successfully weathered many influences since we started the community in the early 1970’s. Although the pipeline area will be a mess during construction we hope construction will complete in our area and be on its way south to the Carolina Coast relatively quickly.

Sales Update

Here is what has happened with real estate sales since the beginning of this year.

  • 19 Homes are sold and pending on the mountain
  • 27 Condos and 3 Townhouses are sold or pending
  • 11 Homes are sold or pending in Stoney Creek
  • 2 lots on the mountain and 4 in Stoney Creek are also sold or pending

There is no longer an excessive number of properties for sale. Sales have reduced the number of condos, townhouses, and single family homes, both on the Mountain and in Stoney Creek. Currently listings within the community include:

  • 84 homes
  • 66 condos
  • 8 townhouses
  • 63 lots in Stoney Creek and 55 lots on the mountain

Considering the number of total properties both on the mountain and the valley, these are decent numbers.

Resort Real Estate Consolidation

We announced a year ago that the Wintergreen Resort would consolidate Wintergreen Real Estate and Wintergreen Premier Properties into a single company under Resort management. The merger will complete on April 1st, giving you a single concentrated, experienced, productive, and committed real estate company working on the mountain and at Stoney Creek with the full support of the Resort. This should accelerate the sales of the remaining listed properties and increase your property values.

Upcoming Activities

Fun family activities are planned this spring and summer in our area in addition to notifications you receive from the resort.

Charity Golf Tournament

Geoff Redgrave, Wintergreen’s Director of Golf and Touring Pro, is reaching out to all the local and regional breweries and inviting them to create a team from each brewery for the first annual BREW HA-HA, a charity tournament for several hundred players who love golf and beer (and who doesn’t). The tournament will have a Captain’s Choice format and will be held at Stoney Creek. We expect it to become an annual charity tournament. The charity for this year’s tournament is Missing and Abused Children. The tournament will take place the last Monday in July (July 30th). If you have a favorite brewery, please contact them, let them know about the tournament and ask them to contact me or Geoff.

By the way, if you see Geoff, congratulation him on a very rare DOUBLE EAGLE on Tuckahoe 3 several weeks ago. I had the good fortune to be playing with him. You may have read about Geoff’s double eagle in the resort golf newsletter. I had heard about double eagles and have seen several on TV over the years (I remember Louie Oosthuizen’s Albatross on #2 at The 2012 Masters) but in decades of playing this wonderful game I had never personally seen one. If you don’t play golf, a double eagle is getting the ball in the hole with 2 shots when it should take 5 shots. Hard? I’ll say! Geoff has had only two in his career.

In other golf news, Matt Collins has moved down from the mountain to be the Head Pro at Stoney Creek and our old Head Pro, Dave Moga, was offered the job of Head Pro at Poplar Grove in Amherst. Poplar Grove is a Sam Snead designed course (the last one Sam did before his death) and a fun and challenging course in a spectacular and beautiful setting. It is only about 30 minutes from Stoney Creek down Route 29 at the Amherst exit. I encourage you to play it this spring.

Farm-to-Fork Fondo

One of our owners (Roger and Kristin Glover’s son) has organized a bike ride in May. If anyone in your family loves bike riding and good food, click on the attached information. If you have not traveled to this part of Virginia, it is beautifully scenic and you will really enjoy a fun day of food and exercise. The event takes place May 19-20, 2018 at Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA 22645.

What’s a Farm-to-Fork Fondo? An organized bicycle ride where you get to choose the distance best for you and stop for chef-prepared bites at farms along the way. Here are some summary points:

  • Celebratory mass start led by professional cyclists
  • Deluxe aid stations at working farms with small bites from the farm
  • Ticket to the post-ride Farm-to-Fork Barbecue
  • 1 free post-ride finisher brew (21 & over)
  • Raffle tickets for more than $10,000 in prizes including new Bianchi bikes
  • Beautiful, well-marked, and well-supported rides with police support, marshals and signage
  • Professional course support with SAG (rescue) vehicles to help you back to the start if the day doesn’t go according to plan
  • Customized Farm-to-Fork Fondo souvenir number plate
  • Commemorative finisher’s prize
  • Farm-to-Fork Fondo welcome bag featuring cycling swag, and local goodies
  • Ride with GPS timed segments with age and gender-graded rankings
  • Free on-site parking
  • Special lodging rates at area hotels
  • Some pretty fantastic memories and more

Here is the event schedule:

SATURDAY MAY 19, 2018

  • 5 to 7pm Packet Pickup at the Belle Grove Plantation
  • 7pm Meet-the-Farmers Dinner (tickets required)

SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018

  • 6:30 to 8:00am Packet Pickup, Forto Coffee Station and Tune-Up Station open
  • 8:30am Farm-to-Fork Fondo (Piccolo, Medio and Gran) departs (pre-registration required)
  • 10:30am Ramble Ride departs
  • 11:30am to 6pm Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue open (tickets required)
  • 1 to 5pm Live music 
  • 5pm Volunteer Competition Awards Ceremony
  • On-site activities: local and cycling industry vendors; free tours of The Manor House for all participants, and self-guided garden and landscape tours of the Plantation.

Go to Shenandoah 2018 at Race Roster to find out more.

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