Saturday, November 28, 2009 Outdoors - Ski Gear and Specials

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Hawksnest Snow Tubing Now Open

Nov 28, Hawksnest at Seven Devils,  NC.   Hawksnest  opened today for snow tubing and zip line tours.  Snow tubing sessions will be at 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm. Website:

Sugar Mountain Open for Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice Skating

Sugar Mountain Resort on Banner Elk NC begins its 40th season. Current conditions:
AVERAGE SNOW DEPTH:  6-12 inches
SURFACE CONDITIONS:  manmade powder & frozen granular
2 slopes and 1 lift are open, ice skating is open, but tubing remains closed. For more details...

Cataloochee Ski Area Opens for the 2009-2010 Season

Nov 29, Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley NC. Cataloochee opened to 3/4 of the mountain to the top of the quad on four slopes in only two nights of snowmaking – a Cataloochee first!

On Sunday, there will be skiing on four slopes, Intermediate Rock Island Run and Intermediate Lower Omigosh serviced by the Rock Island Run Quad Chairlift, Beginners Easy Way and Beginners Rabbit Hill serviced by the Easy Way Triple Chairlift on a base of 6-14”. Also, there will be some terrain features available for you to ride located on our Easy Way slope. More Details...

Ski Beech Blows its First Snow

Beech Mountain Resort had a successful 36 hours of snowmaking. Because of an increase in temperature, snowmaking has ceased. Snowmaking will resume this week upon a temperature drop. Check the website for updates on opening day.Website:

Alpine Ski Shop is Now Open on Appalachian Ski Mountain

The Alpine Ski Shop, located on the lower level of Appalachian's base lodge is now open for the 2009-10 winter season. They are offering a huge selection of skiing and snowboarding gear this holiday season. The Alpine Ski Shop is open 7 days a week from 8:30am - 5pm. Website:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Blowing Rock Lights up for Christmas

Nov 27   BLOWING ROCK   Christmas in the Park, and Lighting of the Town  Free. Hayrides through Blowing Rock - Memorial Park - 4:00-9:00pm. Caroling in the Park with the Vagabonds - 5:00-6:30pm. Visit with Santa in the Memorial Park Gazebo from 2:00-5:00pm. Hot chocolate, cider, bonfire and more!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Warm Weather Delays Appalachian Ski Mountain Opening

The planned November 20 season opening at Appalachian Ski Mountain has been delayed with weather still too warm to allow snow-making. Appalachian Ski Mountain will begin snowmaking for opening day as soon as temperatures allow.  Although a mild weather pattern is currently covering the Eastern United States, snowmaking temperatures look possible for the following week around Thanksgiving weekend. Check for updates on weather conditions,,,

Friday, November 20, 2009

Win an NC Ski Vacation in the High Country

Win a trip for a Winter Ski Vacation in the North Carolina High Country from Visit NC Sweepstakes. The winner will receive:
  • Three nights accommodations in a three bedroom/three bathroom "Echota on the Ridge" condo from Foscoe Rentals
  • One pair of Atomic Skis
  • One UVEX Ski Helmet
  • One pair of UVEX Ski Goggles
  • Two days of lift tickets at Appalachian Ski Mountain for two adults and two children
  • Gift certificate for four to Hawksnest for snow tubing sessions
  • Welcome Gift Basket
  • $50 gift certificate to Mast General Store
  • $250 voucher for food
  • $500 travel voucher
Enter To Win!
Enter today! The sweepstakes ends November 30, 2009.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Snow Sports Learning Center

Ski Beech is a PSIA certified ski school (Professional Ski Instructors of America) utilizing the American Teaching System (ATS). Our instructors teach contemporary techniques to give you the quickest results and enhance your enjoyment. First time skiers and snowboarders feel the confidence right from the beginning when the instructor shows you how to stay balanced while doing your first gliding runs in gentle terrain. Both Ski and snowboard lessons are offered with prices ranging for $20 for group and $45 for individual. Website:

SKi Vacation Rental for Beech Mountain

A BIT OF HEAVEN  Beech Mountain NC.  3 BD, 2 BA mountain view vacation rental 1/2 mile from Ski Beech. Game room with pool table, fireplace, fully equipped kitchen. Use of Beech Mountain Club facilities (pool, golf, tennis) in season. $100-$200 night, $650-$1200 week - this rate includes ALL fees and taxes

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Alpine Ski Center Holiday Sale

Special Holiday pricing throughout the store. For printable COUPONS click here.  Adult ski and binding packages as low as $249, Juniors $199. Adult board and binding packages starting as low as $299. Sale pricing on North Face, Spyder, Burton, Roxy, COlumbia and more. Glove, hats, thermals, googles, helmets - great Christmas gifts or all the snow sport lovers on your list. Website:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing

Jonas Ridge is a wonderful addition to other High Country winter sports activities such as Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, Hawksnest, and Appalachian Ski Mountain. Jonas Ridge Snowtubing is the place for the kids, friends, neighbors, and anyone who can master a rubber innertube.Website:
Our Hours:
Sunday thru Thursday: 12:00noon - 6:00pm
Friday: 12:00noon - 11:00pm
Saturdays & Holiday Mondays: 10:00am - 11:00pm
*(Hours subject to change due to weather conditions)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gold Card Season Pass Available

Gold Cards are sold in limited number, 125, and the cost for the 2009-2010 ski season is $775. There are no "blackout" dates for the Gold Card. The purchaser may ski at any resort during any session regardless of holiday / weekend rates. For details or to purchase...
Gold Cards are a product of the North Carolina Ski Areas Association (NCSAA) and allow the purchaser to ski at all participating North Carolina Ski Areas. The areas are:
  • Cataloochee Ski Area
  • Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
  • Sugar Mountain Resort
  • Appalachian Ski Mtn
  • Sapphire Valley Ski Area
  • Ski Beech

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Great Selection of North Face Gear!

Gear Up for your NC Ski Trip:

Indian Summer Savings - Up to 40% off

Appalachian Ski Mountain Opens Nov 20

Nov 20 - Appalachian Ski Mountain, 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock NC - will open its 2009-2010 ski season. First 100 guests receive free a ski ticket. 2.5 million worth of improvements have been made for what will be the longest scheduled season in North Carolina History. New events and special nights will add excitement to Appalachian Ski Mtn.’s calendar of events for the 2009-10 winter season. Website:

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hawksnest Expands Snow Tubing

Hawksnest Ski Resort at Seven Devils North Carolina, between Boone and Banner Elk, is the biggest snow tubing operation on the East Coast. Hawksnest has taken snow tubing to new levels of fun. Hawksnest’s expanded snow tubing operation will make it the biggest snow tubing operation on the East Coast. The Snow Tubing resort will now have 4 different areas to snow tube with 20 lanes of fun.  Lanes will be 400 – 1000 feet long and 2 moving carpet lifts to take you back to the top. Hawksnest has 100% snowmaking and lighting on all lanes to provide the best possible conditions and fun for the whole family. Website:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Season Passes for Wolf Ridge

2009 - 2010 Season passes now available for Wolf Ridge at Scenic Wolf Resort. Season Passes are unlimited in skiing and snowboarding, anytime, day or night hours of operation, including weekends and holidays (DOES NOT INCLUDE RENTAL EQUIPMENT).
Early bird special (Before December 1st)
Unlimited Weekday (Mon - Thur) Pass - $300
Unlimited 7 Days A Week Pass - $400
Get your Season Pass on special now and get ready to join us for a fun-filled ski season at Wolf Ridge. Don't forget Season Passes make great gifts too!Website:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Free Sledding at Beech Mountain Chamber

Children 12 and under can enjoy a free sledding hill, located next to the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce and Town Hall. The hill is outfitted with its own snowmaking machines, keeping it alive with activity throughout the winter. The season is from November through Mid March , weather permitting. Call the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce for conditions 1-800-468-5506 or 828-387-9283. Parents must supervise their children.


Cataloochee Offering Free Lessons This Season

NEW this year - Intro to Skiing Lesson FREE with All Ski and Snowboard Rentals any non-holiday Monday through Thursday! Cataloochee goes one step further to make sure your first on-snow experience is a great one! Cataloochee will be offering an introduction to skiing or snowboarding lesson FREE when you rent your equipment at Cataloochee! Lessons times will be offered at the top of the hour every hour from 9am until 7pm, Monday through Thursday throughout the season!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Snow Shack Pre-Season Sale

Apparel and Equipment Sale
Snowshack:Ski and Snowboard Accessories

Beech Mountain Countdown Begins

Beech Mountain Ski Resort opens for the 2009-2010 season on November 21. The popular Ski resort is receiving renovations and additions including: New terrain park area - Upgrades to rental facilities - New Group Sales area - New retail shop in View Haus Cafeteria. Website:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sale tonight only at First Tracks

Nov 5, 6PM-9PM, First Tracks, Hwy 105, Boone NC. One-night only sale for local skiiers. Spin the wheel for savings on everything in the entire store. Website: