Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock

Categories: Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 200+ 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 the perfect first time experience for my grandchildren 8-13. I couldn't get them off the mountain. Next night ice skating and hit Coco by the bon fire. The food is actually good or you can br...  read more »
  • nice clean place for the whole family has fireplace when u get cold good slopes for beginners to the professional restaurant hot foods and hot drinks and cold drinks 
  • I do not ski...But I love riding here to watch people enjoying the slopes, and I get to see snow at the same time. They have a small ice skating rink, cafe, etc. The drive in is a little steep and nar...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Called before hand to make sure the big park was open. I emphasize that's all I ride (coming from the west) and last time there was an event so that was why I called. Guy said oh yeah definitely the big park is open without a doubt. Nothing noted in the events calendar also. I drive 1 hr 45 minutes from Charlotte and find out is closed until 2 PM due to some race. Tell the front office. Apparently the original person was a security guard. They apologize sincerely but that was it. Wasted $60 and 5hrs of time. Failed at 3 levels IMO.
  • Called with some questions, lady who answered the phone acted like I was inconveniencing her with my questions complete with a full on yawn to emphasize I was clearly boring her. Made me think twice about visiting this Ski Mountain. Friendly,professional, and courteous staff always draws people to the slopes where as the opposite will definitely work to divert folks to the other nearby slopes with more professional and courteous staff!
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