Appalachian Ski Mtn. is one of three ski mountains in the Watauga County
area in western North Carolina
. It is located off of US 321 between Blowing Rock
, North Carolina.
1962: Around the time that Cataloochee Ski Area
opened to mark the advent of commercial alpine skiing
in North Carolina, Blowing Rock Ski Lodge followed suit in the state’s western High Country
1968: Name changed to Appalachian Ski Mtn.
The mountain offers 11 ski trails consisting of 2 beginner, 6 intermediate, 3 advanced trails, and 3 terrain parks. To access the 11 trails, there are two quad chairs, a double chair, a handle tow, and a conveyor lift. The longest trail is Orchard Run at 0.5 miles (0.80 kilometers). The base elevation is3,635 feet (1,107 meters) and a peak elevation of 4,000 feet (1,219 meters), having a vertical drop of 365 feet (111.2 meters). The whole mountain can be skied at night, and the mountain's snowmaking capacity is 100%.
All of Appalachian's slopes are covered with snowmaking. Appalachian's ski area management has a philosophy of making snow on closed slopes or during non-skiing hours as much as possible. Appalachian has a practice of making snow up to the next to last day of the season if weather permits. Appalachian's snowmaking capability has allowed the ski area to remain open through its scheduled closing day for nine consecutive years... Read More