The Wintergreen Community
Our network of unique organizations in and around Wintergreen–some run by active volunteers, others managed by committed professionals–is what makes Wintergreen extraordinary
The Wintergreen Property Owners Association, Inc. is part of almost everything at Wintergreen. WPOA is composed of all the owners of all properties at Wintergreen. The majority of the association's board of directors are elected by the members in an annual process. Besides the Architectural Review Board, WPOA maintains and manages the Tuckahoe Clubhouse, 53 miles of roads, two pavilions, two swimming pools, parks, 11 lakes, a trout stream, two overlooks, and Wintergreen's open spaces. It operates the Wintergreen Police Department and oversees the professional staff of the volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Ski in the winter; golf in the summer, spring and fall; play tennis; swim in the pools or the lake at Stoney Creek; enjoy the spa; or, just relax with fine dining at Virginia's premier four-season vacation resort in the middle of this unique, beautiful mountain and valley property. At one time a member-owned organization, the resort (the largest private property owner at Wintergreen) was purchased in 2015 by ERP Properties and is professionally operated by Pacific Group Resorts. The resort offers special membership programs to Wintergreen property owners and hundreds of jobs for the community.
This independent, non-profit organization not only produces high-quality music programs in and around Wintergreen (including a month-long summer music festival and academy in July), but also offers popular cultural and social events. A part-time professional staff with the help of hundreds of volunteers from the Wintergreen community and beyond bring in talents from all over the nation and the world to annually create a professional orchestra and offer dozens of individual programs.
The rescue squad and the fire department at Wintergreen work closely together and share physical facilities and management, but they are separate volunteer nonprofit organizations with their own officers, boards, committees, and members. The employees of Wintergreen Fire & Rescue, part of WPOA, are cross-trained to assist both the rescue squad and the fire department.
Sports currently include archery (recurve and compound bows), boating (kayaking and canoeing), fishing (fly fishing and spin casting), shooting (shotgun–clay, pistol, rifle) and biking. Membership is limited to Wintergreen property owners and their family members, although a limited number of property owner-sponsored memberships are available for local residents who do not own property at Wintergreen. Membership dues to join this all-volunteer group are only $25 per person per year.
Wintergreen has a full-service proactive community-based police organization providing law enforcement and E911 communication services. A division of WPOA, it is a private law enforcement agency within the state. Every patrol officer is vested with law enforcement powers to enforce state laws and local county ordinances. The Wintergreen Police Department is the only private police agency in the state to have a Certificate of Accreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission as a state-accredited law enforcement agency.
The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen is an independently managed and financed nonprofit educational organization. The foundation's Trillium House at the top of Wintergreen mountain is used as an educational and meeting facility for both their own programs and others. With staff and volunteers, the foundation has programs throughout the year and, with financial support from the resort, maintains Wintergreen's 30-plus miles of hiking trails and publish the must-have hikers' map of Wintergreen's trails.
Thousands of students with disabilities–both children and adults–have received adaptive instruction in outdoor sports through this independent, professionally-managed, volunteer-supported nonprofit. The disabilities have included amputations, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, developmental disabilities, hearing impairment, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment and others. WAS has served a number of wounded veterans.
This independent, all-volunteer online project features a free twice-a-month email newsletter with reader-submitted recommendations on services, events, items for rent or sale, and other information about and useful to the Wintergreen, Va., community. Sign up here.
This decades-old all-volunteer, independent golf group holds events throughout the season, including weekly tee times for men, women, and pairs, golf clinics, and tournaments. There are also social events during the year. BOGGS (Bunch Of Guys and GalS) membership includes a fun quarterly newsletter and “insurance” when a member must buy a drink for other golfers when a hole in one is made. Membership in the Wintergreen Golf Association is $20 per family. Members must be a Wintergreen property owner or a Wintergreen Resort member. Eligibility for BOGGS-sponsored events follows the rules of Wintergreen Resort, such as who can play the Devils Knob course.
Every Saturday morning from May to November, rain or shine, local farmers bring seasonal produce, fruit, cut flowers, eggs, beef, pork, lamb and poultry to their market under the large white tents at WPOA's entry to Stoney Creek on Route 151. There are also cheeses, mushrooms, honey, and fresh-cut herbs. Bakers offer fresh breads, fruit pies, cakes, and meat-filled pastries. Crafters and artists present jewelry, pottery, baskets, fabric, and furniture. There is live music and parking is plentiful.
Ensuring that those skiing Wintergreen Resort enjoy a safe and rewarding snowsports experience is the number one concern of the ski patrol. The patrol is part of the National Ski Patrol system. The volunteers are focused on safety. They promote safe skiing as well as providing rescue and emergency care when needed on the resort's ski slopes.
This networking and social organization, run completely by volunteers, meets monthly. They accommodate a variety of special interests, enhancing communication and neighborhood cohesion. In addressing needs with both formal committees and loose-knit groups, the Wintergreen Mountain Women is one of the major reasons for the vitality of the Wintergreen community.
These two community organizations are composed, respectively, of the property owners living full- or part-time on Wintergreen mountain and, in the case of the valley group, those in and around Stoney Creek. Working together they published the annual Wintergreen Directory. They both hold several fun gatherings every year for their members and cooperate to organize an annual Christmas gala at the resort.
NCCF awards more than $100,000 in grants annually to area nonprofit organizations' proven programs that help Nelson County residents in need. Organizations they have supported include the Blue Ridge Medical Center, the Nelson County Habitat for Humanity, and the Jefferson Area Board on Aging. NCCF is a committee-advised fund of the nonprofit Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
This independent group, formed in 2015, is dedicated to "protecting and enhancing the value, beauty, integrity and sustainability of the Wintergreen area and the neighboring communities." The founders of this nonprofit are focused on keeping the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from damaging the Wintergreen property.
While Wintergreen is proud to be part of Augusta County, the vast majority of its property is within Nelson County. (The only way to drive to Wintergreen is via the roads of Nelson.) The WPOA as well as many individual Wintergreen property owners are regularly involved with county staff and elected officials on a multitude of levels.
Several Wintergreen property owners are involved in this very active nonprofit, community-based, membership organization. Located in a 1938 school building just north of Nellysford, the Rockfish Valley Community Center not only houses but often facilitates a variety of recreational, educational, cultural and business programs. The RVCC also is the home of the Treasure Chest Thrift Shop.
The RVF is preserving the natural, historical, ecological, and agricultural resources of the Rockfish Valley with projects such as the Rockfish Valley Loop Trail System, Spruce Creek Park, and the foundation's Natural History Center which resides on Route 151 at the original village of Wintergreen, Va.
Virginia Route 151 through Nelson County is how most people reach Wintergreen. In the 40-plus years since Wintergreen first opened, the two-lane blacktop has slowly grown into a fun destination in itself. The nelson151.com website focuses on its unique wineries, breweries, cider-makers, bed and breakfasts, but there is much more to see and do in the area, including restaurants, art galleries, museums and antique shops.
This free monthly lifestyle and feature publication published in Nelson County can be picked up at retail locations throughout the Rockfish Valley and around the resort. Many of the features and ads are especially useful or entertaining to Wintergreen property owners. BlueRidgeLife.com offers weather updates and local news.
This weekly subscription newspaper and free website covering Nelson County, Va., is part of the extensive Virginia reporting network that includes the daily newspapers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, and Richmond.