Did you know there are three ski resorts in the High Country? All season long, they supplement natural snowfall and maintain awesome conditions for your enjoyment. All local slopes are now open, and the season generally runs through Mid- March.
Blowing Rock is home to Appalachian Ski Mountain, which has been welcoming skiers and snow lovers for over 50 years. The mountain features 12 slopes, 3 freestyle terrain areas, and six lifts, as well as an outdoor ice skating rink. Night skiing and snowboarding is made possible with lights on all slopes. Check out Midnight Blast dates! While natural snow is frequent, App Ski has snowmaking capabilities across 100% of the terrain. This means great skiing and snowboarding in any corner of the resort throughout the season. Rentals are available for all equipment and even clothing. The terrain parks are gaining a lot of attention from slope thrill-seekers, with constantly changing layouts and a wide variety of features. Fun events all year long keep things interesting, like special outfitter slope sessions, contests, and holiday celebrations. The New Year’s Eve Celebration is especially exciting, with torchlight skiing, moonlight ice skating, and fireworks.
Appalachian Ski Mountain is also home to the French-Swiss Ski College, where daily lessons are offered for all skill levels. Reasonably priced group instruction is available 5 times daily with never more than 10 students per instructor. Private lessons are available, too. The school has taught over 1 million people to ski and snowboard! If you’d like to learn the sport, or just brush up on rusty skills, French-Swiss is ready to help. Appalachian Ski Mountain is the place to learn to ski or ride!
Also nearby is Sugar Mountain in Banner Elk. About 40 minutes from Blowing Rock, the slopes at Sugar offers 21 slopes, including the area’s only double-black-diamond run, Whoopdeedoo. Also unique to Sugar Mountain is snowshoeing, available several times a week with instructors. The tours take participants into the less-often seen terrain on Sugar Mountain. The mountain also features tubing and ice skating.
Beech Mountain Resort is about 30 miles from Blowing Rock. The mountain is the highest ski resort in Eastern North America, at 5506 ft. above sea level. Ski Beech also features the only high-speed quad lift in North Carolina with a panoramic vista. You won’t believe the views at Ski Beech! The resort has two different terrain parks, and one is kept especially for beginners, while the other is open to advanced enthusiasts. Be sure to check out 5506′, the new skybar at Ski Beech, offering food & drink with amazing views from the glass roundhouse or deck. Don’t miss special brews by Beech Mountain Brewing Company.
And, for cross-country skiing enthusiasts, Blowing Rock is an excellent location when the High Country receives significant natural snowfall. The Carriage Trails at Moses Cone Park offer 25 miles of wide, well-maintained trails. Access is easy, too. Just a mile from Main Street, the loop around Bass Lake is an excellent starting point. For some great information on cross-country skiing in the High Country, including where to find rentals, click to this article from Get Going NC.
For more, watch this fun video about Winter Sports in the NC High Country: