Sounds good. Mnut was pretty empty even with a college competition on Diamond Jim in the morning and the demo tent.
Really wish the Highlands had lights. Being able to start after most people leave Sun afternoon and ski until 6 or 7pm would be fun when restricted to weekend skiing.
That is near the top of the list for changes I would like to see at a mid-atlantic resort. Especially given the fact that the season pass is not valid until after 5 pm on Saturdays and 12:30 on Sundays.
Takes some effort, that's for sure. Works out for us because we are less than an hour away and we can get up there on Sunday afternoons. Not complaining, since we understood the constraints when we bought the passes but it was certainly nice to have the additional flexibility last year when we had our passes at Massanutten.
For a long time, the Wintergreen slopes were owned by the Wintergreen Homeowners Assoc. So the season pass policy and the special "owner" lift lines are deliberately a benefit for owning property at Wintergreen. They weren't making money. The entire place was sold a few years ago to the owner of the Greenbrier Resort and Spa in WV. He really wanted the golf course more than the ski area. Back on the market again in 2014 but not pushing very hard for a sale because things are going well as far as the winter season is concerned.
Feb 2014 article about Wintergreen on the market again:
May 2012 article about sale of Wintergreen to save it from bankruptcy
In different ways, Wintergreen and Massanutten are not looking for large numbers of day trippers or groups who want to slide on snow. Makes them quite different from the other ski areas in NC or the smaller places in WV or the southern PA places that draw from the DC metro area. Snowshoe is yet another unique situation in the southeast mostly because of how much effort it takes to get there, as well as the lack of budget lodging.
After I spent a couple seasons checking out the options within reasonable driving distance of Raleigh for weekend ski trips, Massanutten was the obvious choice for season passes for myself and my then tween daughter. Getting to Mnut is about 45 min longer but does not require any mountain driving. The lack of lift lines for the harder terrain and being able to get a season pass with no blackout days was and is a key factor. Being a timeshare owner at Mnut is a bonus, but the variety of motel choices in nearby Harrisonburg is another advantage. Although for her the indoor waterpark was probably the bigger draw. I could get her an annual pass for the waterpark at a 50% discount in Dec/Jan.