Appalachian Ski Mountain had its start December 4, 1968, when Grady Moretz and four other partners acquired the place from the Northwestern Bank at foreclosure at a public auction. Built 6 years earlier by Mr. M.E. Thalheimer of Selma, Alabama, the ski location was called Blowing Rock Ski Lodge, Inc. Blowing Rock Ski Lodge was a public, stock owned service and initially opened in the winter of 1962-63.
It was the really first ski area in Northwestern North Carolina and the second oldest ski location in the State, Cataloochee having really opened the previous winter. Initially the area consisted of a 12,000 square foot base lodge and 3 slopes serviced by two rope tows and a T-bar.
Today: Appalachian Ski Mtn. has actually expanded to twelve slopes consisting of 2 surface area parks serviced by one double chairlift, 2 quad chairlifts, 2 conveyor lifts (new in 2010) and one handle-pull lift. The base lodge now covers 46,000 square feet, is smoke completely complimentary, and has complimentary WIFI in the restaurant.
Surface Park: From the first day, App Terrain Park has had on easy idea in mind– establish the absolute best possible freestyle surface for skiers and snowboarders. What started as a volunteer effort has now established into a network of 3 terrain parks, highlighted with over 60 rails, boxes, jibs, and jumps. ATP’s devoted team of home builders work all the time, altering park setups, grooming liftoffs & landings, fabricating brand-new functions, and keeping all components of the park in leading shape. The very same people dedicated to building the park, ride the park.
Ski School: In the winter of 1969-70, Jack Lester of Charlotte and Atlanta, and Jim Cottrell of Boone formed the French-Swiss Ski College. In the early 1970’s, they brought a range of stars to Appalachian Ski Mtn., including Olympic gold medalist Jean Claude Killy, astronaut Charles Duke, and the Rossignol Racing Team. French-Swiss also began amongst the first significant college recognized programs for skiing.
Snow Making: In an average season, Appalachian will make snow 450 to 600 hours. In ideal conditions, the ability to change as much as 6 million gallons of water to snow in a single day now allows our ski season to last into late March or April of every year. As a result of our exceptional snow making capability, Appalachian has actually released its set up opening and closing date every season offered that 1992. Ski season usually starts throughout the week prior to Thanksgiving. Because the 2008-09 season, Appalachian has skied to its scheduled closing day for nine successive years, and all slopes are generally open on closing day. Appalachian has skied from opening day to closing day without disturbance for 16 of the last 17 years
The Lodge: In 1962, the initial designer, William P. Reinhardt, recreated a European old-world alpine environment when he produced Appalachian’s Bavarian-style ski lodge. Nestled at the base of the slopes, and overlooking the ski area, this 46,000 sq. ft. smoke-free lodge is packed with amenities for skiers and non-skiers alike. This is where you can always discover a warm and comfy location just to sit and relax.
Alpine Ski Shop: Located slopeside, the Alpine Ski Shop is among the most extensive ski shops in the area. Supplying great deals and a huge choice of devices, clothing, and gadgets. Make the many of our demonstration skis prior to you buy. Likewise, take an appearance at our snowboard bundles for amateurs to professionals.
Longest Run: Orchard Run (1/2 mile).
Slopes Lit for Night Skiing: 100%.
Surface Mix: 25% Easiest, 50% More Difficult, 25% Most Difficult.
Terrain Parks: 3 (Appaljack, Appal Jam, and AppalTop).
Snowmaking: 100% Coverage.
Peak Elevation: 4000′.
Base Elevation: 3635′.
Vertical Drop: 365′.