It’s Snowtime

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Dec. 5 | Modified: Dec. 5
It’s Snowtime

With a quick flurry of wintry weather in the High Country last week, ski season has officially arrived.

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With a quick flurry of wintry weather in the High Country last week, ski season has officially arrived.

Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort opened in time for the rush of tourists that traditionally accompanies Thanksgiving weekend and holiday shopping.

“Opening day was a success,” Beech marketing director Talia Freeman said. “We had a long window of snowmaking this week, which was complemented by a snowstorm. This provided us with incredible conditions for opening day.”

The cooler conditions also allowed slope officials the perfect opportunity to make fresh powder.
“The new snowmaking equipment has proved to make a drastic difference in the amount of snow we can produce,” Freeman said. “We were open with eight runs and seven features in the terrain park.”

In the spirit of opening day, Beech Mountain also held a “STOKED” competition to welcome the start to the new season. “We could not have asked for a better opening day,” Freeman said.

Beech Mountain Resort is open seven days a week. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Day sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and half-day sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.

For those skiers and snowboarders who like to carve fresh powder under the night sky, a twilight session (1 p.m. to close) and night session (5 p.m. to close) are also offered.

New this year is a glass-walled sky bar at the summit, while other seasonal favorites will make their wintry return, including the New Year’s Eve Bash (Dec. 31), WinterFest (Jan. 10 to 12, 2014) and the Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend (Feb. 21 to 23, 2014).

For more information, visit http://www.beechmountainresort.com.

Sugar Mountain Resort is currently reporting a slope base of 12 to 48 inches, which is considered “excellent conditions.”

Currently, Sugar is open with four lifts and nine slopes.

The day session at Sugar Mountain is 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Half-day sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Twilight skiers can hit the slopes from 12:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. The night session runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

The ice-skating rink and tubing park are open with sessions at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Season highlights include Santa at Sugar (Dec. 14 to 24) and SugarFest (Dec. 13 to 15).
For more information, visit http://www.skisugar.com.

Appalachian Ski Mountain, located between Boone and Blowing Rock, is currently offering day and night sessions this week with a base of 14 to 26 inches, with only nine of 12 trails open as of presstime. This weekend marks the resort’s 52nd Anniversary Weekend Celebration, featuring retro-priced $5 ski tickets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The park officially opened on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Currently, App Ski Mountain offers an array of packages throughout the day, including a flex option, for adults, seniors, juniors and students.

New this season are additional snowmaking on two slopes and an expanded schedule for the popular Midnight Blast sessions. Highlights include Skiing with Santa (Dec. 24), Family Day (Feb. 17, 2014), and the Winter Meltdown Games (March 22 and 23, 2014).

The Super Session at App Ski runs from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., with the option of an extension until midnight. The night session is 5 to 10 p.m. The half-night session is 8:30 p.m. until midnight. A Midnight Blast session is offered daily from 5 p.m. until midnight. The slopes are open seven days a week, as well as holidays.

For more information, including rates, visit http://www.appskimtn.com.The regular season concludes March 9, 2014, with a late season planned from March 10 until March 23, according to ski officials.

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