On Easter Weekend, Appalachian Ski Mountain invites you to Ski for the Greenway! The skiing and snowboarding resort will be open an extra weekend for Easter, and will be donating all ski ticket revenues on Easter Saturday to the Middle Fork Greenway. This means a longer season, more skiing and snowboarding fun, and contribution to a worthy cause! This has become a huge collaborative effort across the High Country, and dozens of participating businesses are looking forward to contributing! Easter is on April 5, 2015.
What is the Middle Fork Greenway?
The Middle Fork Greenway is a developing pedestrian and cycling path along the Middle Fork River, connecting Blowing Rock and Boone. The project is broken into sections, and some are already complete. A full 1-mile portion can be enjoyed from Tweetsie Railroad to Sterling Creek Park. Beautiful views along the river are a defining feature of this portion of the Greenway. When complete, the Greenway will stretch 6.5 miles and will offer opportunities for biking, running, walking, fishing, picnicking, and more. Mini-parks, bicycle rentals, and sheltered picnic areas are all part of this completed vision.
The Middle Fork Greenway will connect with the Boone Greenway, creating almost 10 miles of continuous trail. It will also connect with the Mountains to Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
See more about the vision of the Middle Fork Greenway here.
Which businesses are participating in the fundraiser on Easter Weekend?
Within two weeks of the fundraiser announcement, more than 30 local businesses offered to help with the effort. This is a huge community collaboration!
Here is a list of the businesses in Blowing Rock (so far) that will be part of the fundraiser:
Appalachian Ski Mountain– All ski ticket revenues on Easter Saturday. Plus, offering a ski/attractions combo ticket and discounted lift tickets.
Blowing Rock Attraction– Admission sales on Easter
Blowing Rock Brewing Co– 25% of beer sales
Blowing Rock Inn– 25% of lodging revenue on Easter Saturday
Blowing Rock Market– 25% of revenues from Easter Saturday Oyster Roast
Cheeseburgers Grille– 25% of revenues on Easter Saturday
Chetola Resort– 25% of lodging revenue on Easter Saturday
Doc’s Rocks– Donation of $2 per admission on Easter Saturday
Foggy Rock Eatery & Pub– $500 donation
French-Swiss Ski College– All lesson revenues on Easter Saturday
Green Park Inn– 25% of lodging revenue on Easter Saturday
Adam E. Hill, DDS, PA– $500 donation
The Inn at Ragged Gardens– 25% of lodging revenue on Easter Saturday
Kilwin’s of Blowing Rock– $500 donation
Mellow Mushroom– 25% of sales on Easter Saturday (Boone location, too)
Mountainaire Inn & Log Cabins– 25% of lodging revenue on Easter Saturday
Mystery Hill– All admission sales on Easter Saturday
The New Public House & Hotel– 25% of lodging revenue on Easter Friday and Saturday
Roots Restaurant– 25% of revenue on Easter Saturday
There are many more in Boone and the High Country! See the full list on the fundraiser announcement on the Middle Fork Greenway’s website.
So get out and enjoy the holiday on Easter Weekend, stay in the area, visit local attractions, dine, and ski! We can’t wait to see the completed Greenway, and watching it come together has been so rewarding. We hope you can help!