Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock

(3.9/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Appalachian Ski Mountain is a ski area in the eastern United States, one of three ski mountains in the Watauga County area of western North Carolina. It is located off of US 321 between Blowing Rock and Boone.History1962: 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 region.1968: Name changed to Appalachian Ski Mtn.The MountainThe 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 a half mile (800 m). The base elevation is and a peak elevation of, yielding a vertical drop of. The entire ski area is lit for night skiing and is 100% covered by snowmaking.SnowmakingAll 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 as of the 2008-09 season. During peak season, it is common for the snow base depth to be over 100 inches, often exceeding that of many western resorts.
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  • This was my children's first skiing experience and they had a blast. I feel the slopes are well laid out for different experience of skiers. One thing I would recommend is to make sure everyone in you...  more »
  • My wife, 9-year-old son, and I just spent a couple of days skiing at Appalachian Ski Mountain, and I'm glad for the opportunity. We live only about a 3-hour drive away, so this gave us an opportunity ...  more »
  • Have been here about once or twice a season for the past few years, mainly out of habit and it's the closest slope to our home. Each time, I leave thinking it's time to try somewhere else. I'm not a s...  more »
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  • It was great. Staff súper friendly.great experiencia.
  • Was very frustrated with my last experience here. The people in the shop couldn't maintain any order to the line and it took me an hour just to rent goggles. Very poor customer service. Some staff dont even make eye contact and look so sad to be there. I spent more time walking around getting all the gear than actually skiiing. There is no order to this place and it is complete chaos. I would avoid it if I were you. You go to have fun but you leave in a bad mood.
  • Annual preseason ski and apparel sale going on now. Awesome selection and up to 70% off. Great time to buy!
  • I was genuinely surprised at how nice everyone was. I know the employees must get tired of all the tourists, but we felt very welcomed. We actually had a gift-shop worker say "Hey! There's my friends from yesterday!" when we walked in on our second day. Even the younger guys in the restaurant made small talk with everyone that walked through their line.
  • I was at the resort on Feb 10-11th, 2016. I wanted to learn to snowboard and choose this resort due to the good reviews. I was not disappointed. All the staff was extremely helpful and patient, even though I had no clue what I was doing. The check in procedure was well explained and the rental equipment was in great condition and comfortable. I choose to have 2 private lessons and this was the best part. Andy Decker was my instructor. I could not have asked for a more patient, cheerful and enthusiastic instructor. By the second day I actually felt at ease and loved the feeling of sliding down the slopes. Thanks to all for making this special. I will be back ASAP.