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COMMUTING to Wintergeen?

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i havent been back to wintergreen in almost three years, so was just curious if anyone on here works there or has been there often enough to know how to commute would be in the first week of january? as in if its treacherous to the point where an all wheel drive would be required, or would good old 4 door sedans would suffice?

 

 

i was thinking of renting a couple SUVs, because its a group of about 20 friends that will be going, and none of us owns a truck, we own a bunch of sedans, and some overpowered front wheel drives. 09 jetta, 95 del soul, prius, 2014 maxima, versa, and cars along that type.. 

 

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i havent been back to wintergreen in almost three years, so was just curious if anyone on here works there or has been there often enough to know how to commute would be in the first week of january? as in if its treacherous to the point where an all wheel drive would be required, or would good old 4 door sedans would suffice?

 

 

i was thinking of renting a couple SUVs, because its a group of about 20 friends that will be going, and none of us owns a truck, we own a bunch of sedans, and some overpowered front wheel drives. 09 jetta, 95 del soul, prius, 2014 maxima, versa, and cars along that type.. 


Depends on how much of an optimist you are.  Somehow I don't expect a major snowstorm to bury northern VA in early Jan.  I'll be at Massanutten that week with a NC minivan, assuming you mean after Jan. 3.

 

There is a lot of effort put into keeping US29 and the roads up to Wintergreen open when it snows.  Ice storms are a bigger problem than snowstorms.  An SUV doesn't necessarily help that much when there is ice on the mountain road going up to the "base" at Wintergreen.

 

If you want to be cautious, reserve the SUVs with bookings that can be cancelled a day or two before.  That's a method that works for SLC trips.

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If you and your friend want to demo some skis, and avoid lift lines on a weekend, consider driving over to Massanutten on Jan. 9 or 10.  That's the free demo weekend by Freestyle of Charlottesville.  I'll post the list of likely skis in the regional thread for SE/MidA when I get it.

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I only get to Wintergreen about once every two or three years, but have been doing so since the 1980s.  I never used a 4wd vehicle for all those visits.  Having said that, since Wintergreen is an “upside down” resort with all the facilities at the top of the mountain it has the potential to be quite an ugly scene if you happen to drive there on a busy Saturday or Sunday when they get significant natural snow and a bunch of southern drivers all trying to climb that hill at the same time.  They don’t get that much natural snow so MarzNC’s recommendation to reserve a rental 4wd and just cancel if you don’t need is a good idea.

April 5, 2014, skiing in April in Virginia is a testament to the great snowmaking system at Wintergreen:

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There's a company that runs bus tour packages from various points in North Carlina to Wintergreen..

 

2015-2016 Wintergreen Day Trip Rates

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There's a company that runs bus tour packages from various points in North Carlina to Wintergreen..

 

2015-2016 Wintergreen Day Trip Rates


Doesn't look like they actually have the 2015-16 dates up yet.  The problem midweek is that the bus doesn't go if there aren't enough people.  Can work out well for 1-2 people who live in the Triangle though.

 

Sometimes C&R runs a bus on non-holiday Sundays from Hillsborough.

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