January 4, 2014
For the hundreds of people who visited Wintergreen Resort on Saturday morning, their day out on the mountain turned into a long day of waiting. Many came from all over to get a chance to hit the slopes.
“I came from Virginia Beach this morning, left around 4 AM,” says Rob Anderson. We’re coming up here to kind of rip it up on the slopes.”
“Got up here around 7:20 they said the power was out, which kind of bummed us out a little bit so we decided to wait it out.”
At the beginning of the day, things seemed to be going according to plan at the resort, but soon management was aware of the outage.
“We started the day pretty normal, we were making snow overnight, the slope lights were on,” says Jay Roberts, Vice President of Resort Operations. “I didn't think anything of it because I thought we were getting ready for day skiing, which we were, but the reality was we had a pretty huge power outage.”
For people who were tired of the sitting in the dark, they made their way over to the Blue Mountain Brewery, where there was power thanks to a generator.
“Definitely running on generators today,” says Joshua Sprouse, Assistant General Manager for the Brewery. “No one else has power, so we are definitely seeing some faces out here that are enjoying a warm meal.”
Dan Genest, a spokesperson for Dominion Power told our partners at Blue Ridge Life Magazine "we had a small fire at our dooms substation north of Waynesboro in Augusta County...this affects roughly 19,000 dominion power customers and an additional 13,000 electric cooperative customers as well.”
But now power is back on for a lot of people in Nelson and Western Albemarle counties, including Wintergreen.
“We’re very excited,” says Anderson. “We're gonna drink this cold chilly real quick and we're gonna get on out there.”