Jay Gamble has been named general manager of Wintergreen Resort in Virginia following an extensive search including candidates from across the United States and Canada. Gamble will transition from Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire where he has served as general manager for the past three years. Both resorts are operated by Pacific Group Resorts, Inc. (PGRI).
Gamble is a veteran of the mountain resort industry with 40-years of experience at notable ski resorts including Killington in Vermont, Sunday River in Maine, and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire. In addition to his mountain operations and financial management background, he has extensive experience with the installation of chair lifts, snowmaking systems, and has served on the board of directors of Ski New Hampshire for the past two decades.
“Wintergreen Resort is a unique and extraordinarily diverse property spread across eleven thousand acres. The four-season nature of the resort and membership component requires a talented leader and Jay Gamble has the years of experience and leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges. With his combined ski and golf management background and Mid-Atlantic ties – Jay is the right person at the right time to take the helm at Wintergreen,” said PGRI president and chief executive officer Vern Greco.
Gamble comes to Wintergreen Resort amid ongoing capital expenditures and an upward trajectory driven by the Mission: Affordable season pass program and growth of the membership. With a focus on expanded year-around programming and operational improvements, Gamble is well suited to continue the goal of making Wintergreen one of the top mountain resorts in the Mid-Atlantic.
“Wintergreen is a unique and distinctive resort and having grown up in South Carolina and learned to ski in North Carolina, this is a very special opportunity. I look forward to moving to Virginia and leading Wintergreen’s growth in the coming years,” noted Gamble.
Wintergreen spans 11,000 acres on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Central Virginia adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is just 90 minutes from Richmond, Virginia and approximately three hours from Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina.
The resort features four seasons of mountain recreation. Amenities include 45 holes of championship golf, alpine skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, an award-winning tennis program with 22 courts, a full-service mountaintop spa, outdoor recreation including 37 miles of hiking trails, fly fishing, swimming in three pools and a lake, and a variety of dining options.
Wintergreen Resort also features 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, audiovisual services, an award-winning banquet department, and experienced conference service professionals. In addition to events for corporations, non-profit organizations and government entities, the resort hosts over 40 weddings per year plus other social and cultural happenings.
A responsible steward of 11,000 scenic Blue Ridge Mountains acres, the Wintergreen Resort and community actively nurtures its environment, honoring and conserving precious natural resources. Partnering with The Wintergreen Nature Foundation (TWNF), it supports and promotes wildlife habitat preservation and environmental education.