Located a short 15-minute drive from Blue Ridge Mountain Club, we like to think of Appalachian Ski Mtn. (ASM) as an extension of our own awesome natural playground when winter rolls around. Always offering a warm welcome and well-rounded outdoor experience, there are many reasons why we love to spend as many winter days as we can on the slopes, skating rink, and lodge of this outstanding ski resort.
Making the most of winter means ASM aims to open one week before Thanksgiving and remain open until late March and often into April. ASM’s tremendous snowmaking capabilities are what allow it to meet its goals year after year and keep its 12 slopes beautifully groomed and packed with powder all season. Check their website for an official opening announcement and daily slope conditions. Now in its 50th year, ASM is not just a favorite for avid downhill skiers and snowboarders, it is also the number one destination for the terrain park experience. Featuring three different parks with setups that change weekly, adrenaline hounds can take their pick of rails, jumps, gibs, orbs, walls, and any other natural or man-made obstacle you’d want to ski or ride over. A special course on park safety and etiquette is mandatory for the park pass, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
Adjoining the lodge is the outdoor refrigerated and professionally maintained ASM skating rink – a great spot to spend the day or even end a day on the slopes, with its outdoor firepit and music creating one of the best après-ski scenes around.
Though they call Appalachian Ski Mtn. home, the French Swiss Ski College (FSSC) is an independent institution that has taught over a million people to ski and snowboard since its founding in 1969. FSSC is well known in the area as the place to learn, having developed physical education and recreation programs for over 100 colleges throughout the Southeast, as well as military programs for Green Berets, Navy Seals, Secret Service, and the Marines. FSSC instructors go through more intense training than any other instructors in the region and have the lowest turnover. Whether looking to get your little ones comfortable on their first pair of skis or snowboard, or just wanting to brush up on your technique, FSSC is another excellent reason to make ASM your home ski resort this winter.