Now celebrating its 50th year of operation, Appalachian Ski Mtn opened as the High Country’s first ski area in 1962, known at the time as Blowing Rock Ski Lodge. In 1968, original stockholders Grady & Reba Moretz joined Herb & Dot Reynolds, Harold & Pat Mitchell, Lloyd & Dot Caudle, and Earl & Mae Searcy in buying the ski area, then in foreclosure by the Northwestern Bank, on the courthouse steps in Boone. Continuing the dream envisioned by the original Blowing Rock Ski Lodge developer and visionary Bill Thalheimer, the Moretz family, now sole owners, have re-invested millions of dollars over the last quarter century in what is recognized as one of the region’s most progressive ski resorts.
Over the years, Appalachian Ski Mtn has led the North Carolina Ski Industry in dozens of “firsts” such as its new 8-hour Flex Ticket introduced last ski season. Continuing its ongoing pursuit of excellence, Appalachian Ski Mtn has invested several hundred thousand dollars in improvements throughout the resort for the 2011-12 season, including the addition of a third snowcat, a dozen upgraded tower fan guns on three slopes, and numerous other improvements.
Appalachian Ski Mtn’s 50th year, themed “50 Years of Family Fun,” will feature five monthly 50th year celebration family fun day events. These special days will offer a new version of 60’s themed fun on the slopes for the entire family and include a golden scavenger hunt, live 60’s Bands, Pig Pickings, free family ski portraits, various on-slope events, 1962 ski ticket prices, and guaranteed Elvis sightings.
In addition to Appalachian’s signature three-event Shred for the Cup series, Ladies Park Night Sessions, and Fresh Friday events, Red Bull will premiere the nation’s first “Thingamajig,” a freestyle park event showcasing unique features adapted from oddball objects and unexpected thingamajigs from the yard next door. The French Swiss Ski College will feature new Intermediate Workshops to help experienced riders progress their abilities and maximize their enjoyment on the slopes. The workshops will showcase fun drills and exercises that help skiers and snowboarders take on new challenges with a new level of confidence.
Appalachian Ski Mtn offers the longest night session in North Carolina, beginning at 5pm and an expanded Midnight Blast Schedule that includes Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas week, and now, in addition to the High Country’s only Night Season Pass, Appalachian Ski Mtn is offering another season pass value option, the new 5 x 7 pass, good any non-holiday weekday (5) and ANY night (7). Prices begin at $350.
Mark your calendars for January 28 for Blue Ridge Mountain Club’s Ski & Skate event on the slopes. It all happens during Blowing Rock’s annual Winterfest. See you there!