Appalachian Ski Mountain had its beginning December 4, 1968, when Grady Moretz and four other partners purchased the area from the Northwestern Bank at foreclosure at a public auction. Built six years earlier by Mr. M.E. Thalheimer of Selma, Alabama, the ski area was known as Blowing Rock Ski Lodge, Inc. Blowing Rock Ski Lodge was a public, stock owned company and first opened in the winter of 1962-63.
It was the first ski area in Northwestern North Carolina and the second oldest ski area in the State, Cataloochee having opened the previous winter. Originally the area consisted of a 12,000 square foot base lodge and three slopes serviced by two rope tows and a T-bar.
Today: Appalachian Ski Mtn. has expanded to twelve slopes including two terrain parks serviced by one double chairlift, two quad chairlifts, two conveyor lifts (new in 2010) and one handle-pull lift. The base lodge now covers 46,000 square feet, is smoke free, and has complimentary WIFI in the restaurant.
Terrain Park: From day one, App Terrain Park has had on simple idea in mind – build the best possible freestyle terrain for skiers and snowboarders. What began as a volunteer effort has now evolved into a network of 3 terrain parks, highlighted with over 60 rails, boxes, jibs, and jumps. ATP’s dedicated crew of builders work around the clock, changing park setups, grooming take-offs & landings, fabricating new features, and keeping all aspects of the park in top shape. The 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 number of celebrities to Appalachian Ski Mtn., including Olympic gold medalist Jean Claude Killy, astronaut Charles Duke, and the Rossignol Racing Team. French-Swiss also began one of the first extensive college accredited programs for skiing.
Snow Making: In an average season, Appalachian will make snow 450 to 600 hours. In ideal conditions, the capability to convert up to 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 excellent snowmaking capability, Appalachian has published its scheduled opening and closing date every season since 1992. Ski season usually begins during the week prior to Thanksgiving. As of the 2008-09 season, Appalachian has skied to its scheduled closing day for nine consecutive years, and all slopes are usually open on closing day. Appalachian has skied from opening day to closing day without interruption for 16 of the last 17 years.
The Lodge: In 1962, the original architect, William P. Reinhardt, recreated a European old-world alpine atmosphere when he designed 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 find a warm and cozy place just to sit and relax.
Alpine Ski Shop: Located slopeside, the Alpine Ski Shop is one of the most extensive ski shops in the region. Offering great deals and a huge selection of equipment, apparel, and accessories. Take advantage of our demo skis before you buy. Also, check out our snowboard packages for beginners to experts.
Longest Run:Orchard Run (1/2 mile)
Slopes Lit for Night Skiing: 100%
Terrain 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’