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Wintergreen Resort to get $12 million in improvements under new ownership

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Nearly $12 million will be invested in facilities and infrastructure improvements at Wintergreen Resort during the next 16 months by the James C. Justice Cos., the resort’s new owner. The resort notified members and property owners that an immediate $6 million infusion will be made in cooperation with the Nelson Country Service Authority to build a 5 million gallon, raw-water storage tank and pumping station that will double the resort’s snowmaking capacity for the upcoming ski season, as well as provide a redundant water supply to the water treatment plant.

The new high-tech snowmaking equipment will allow Wintergreen to open more ski and snowboard terrain earlier and to deliver more consistent snow conditions throughout the season, according to Jay Roberts, the property’s vice president of resort operations.

Other near-term projects include:
• Upgrades and expansion of the Wintergreen Aquatics and Fitness Center
• Renovation of Devils Grill, the mountaintop clubhouse restaurant
• Improvements 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 course, designed by Ellis and Dan Maples, is the highest in Virginia with views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish Valleys.

The Justice Cos. has committed another $3.2 million to maintenance and improvements throughout the resort.
“This investment reflects our commitment to Wintergreen Resort,” James C. Justice, II, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement.  “Our vision is to make this among the top four-season resort experiences in the East, and we see tremendous opportunities in developing new membership programs and vacation packages. The Wintergreen facilities are spectacular and the entire resort has a tremendous impact on the local and regional tourism industry.”

Justice, who also owns The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, purchased Wintergreen in June after members of Wintergreen Partners Inc. voted in favor of the $16.5 million deal, which included $2.5 million in member consideration.  Wintergreen is located 35 miles southwest of Charlottesville, in Nelson County on eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


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