The New York Sunday Times Real Estate section today features a resort in northwestern New Jersey where, because of abnormally warm weather this month, locals can ski on artificially made snow in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. The golf course has opened six weeks earlier than usual.
For those who play on snow and bent grass, this is a nice little bonus, but don’t count on it every March, global warming notwithstanding. In western Virginia, however, at the Wintergreen Resort, the opportunity to ski after breakfast and play golf just after lunch is an annual affair -– as early as December and January every year. With 27 of its 45 holes open year round, and prices for vacation condos and single-family homes well below their mid-last-decade levels, golfing skiers – or skiing golfers, if you prefer -- from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and even points farther north are looking seriously at Wintergreen as a place to satisfy one of their strong summer urges during the winter.
Wintergreen recently suffered a bit of a financial setback when Bank of America pulled its multi-million dollar line of credit in the wake of a warm winter that hurt ski season revenues -- a lot of that going around –- but the board that runs the community’s amenities reacted swiftly and appropriately by cutting expenses and shedding a dozen jobs. The consequent publicity is bound to push prices even lower, making Wintergreen worthy of scrutiny by those looking for a bargain. Homes start in the $100s.
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Wintergreen's Rees Jones golf course at the bottom of the mountain is open year round, making it possible to ski and play golf in the same day.