If there was one thing atop our Charlottesville Bucket List, it was to get over to Wintergreen Resort for a day of skiing. Wintergreen is only 45 minutes from our home, which makes it the perfect getaway without having to spend money on a hotel. We set out last Saturday in our ski gear and rented skis, a helmet, and poles. By 10:00 a.m., we were on the slopes! I had only skied once before, at Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia three years ago. I remember it being way more fun than I anticipated. This time, it took me a few hours to get back to the comfort level I had my first time. But after a delicious lunch at The Edge restaurant right on the top of the mountain, I came back out with much more comfort and fearlessness.
My favorite kinds of runs are the gently sloped, narrow paths through the woods (as opposed to the steeper, wider slopes where I have to slalom). There was only one like that, but we went down it a dozen times and I’m sure I had a massive grin on my face each time. It just feels like you’re flying!
After returning our rental equipment, we drove down the mountain where two breweries awaited us. First, we visited Wild Wolf Brewing Company for a tasting of their house and seasonal flights. We had never been to that brewery before, but really liked all the samples we tasted. The Blonde Hunny was my favorite. It would be such a great place to come back to visit in warmer weather, as they had all kinds of outdoor seating and games.
After that, we drove five minutes over to Devils Backbone Brewing Company, our favorite brewery in the area. Here, we set up at the bar while we waited for our table and watched the beginning of the UVA vs. Louisville basketball game while sipping on Apricot Weiss for me and Trail Angel Weiss for Rob. Devils Backbone has fantastic food, and we both devoured our dinners (pork nachos for me and beer battered fish & chips for Rob) after a long day of working our legs on the slopes.
We had such a blast all day and love the activities surrounding Charlottesville. The Blue Ridge Mountains are simply stunning. And we even made it off the slopes (mostly) unscathed. A few bumps and bruising are expected for beginners like us :). Many thanks to my aunt and uncle who contributed to this experience as a Christmas gift!