The Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County, Virginia has been sold to EPR Properties, a Kansas City, Mo.-based real estate investment trust. Wintergreen was the site of a terrible night time accident in 2004 when an area-operated snowcat ran over a skier on an inbounds trail. Griggs v Wintergreen resulted in a $8.3 million jury verdict, the largest verdict ever obtained in a ski case in the United States. See $8.3 Million for Night Skier Run Down by Groomer.
The deal, which closed Thursday, calls for resort operator Pacific Group Resorts Inc. to lease the Wintergreen property from EPR and manage the resort. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
EPR bought the property from James C. Justice Cos. Inc., whose owner, James C. Justice II, bought the resort in June 2012 for $16.5 million. Justice also owns The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
EPR owns 15 ski parks, several throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as 3 in New England including Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vermont.