Skiing in the Boone Area:
Rich History, Bright Future—And Skiing Right Now
Winter 2013-'14 has already blasted off in the Boone Area. Come up for Thanksgiving with all three major resorts open with GREAT coverage! Come for the Holiday—and take home a Christmas tree!
There are major improvements underway at High Country slopes. Beech Mountain Resort has added more snowmaking and ... the highest ski bar in Eastern America! The glass roundhouse on the summit is called 5,506—the perfect place to soak up the view and hot chocolate (or whatever!).
And Sugar Mountain is cutting a major new slope. For winter 2014-2015—expect the area's biggest ski resort to get even bigger!
December 2012 set the half century mark for Appalachian Ski Mtn. and skiing in the High Country. That rich heritage has created an exciting present and a bright future for Boone Area skiing.
Take it from extreme skier Glen Plake and learn to ski or board this winter. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month event spokesperson Plake says close-to-home slopes like those in the High Country “are often working hardest for the sport."
Good News For Skiers and Boarders
How hard are High Country resorts working to make Boone Area skiing the best? The latest NC ski study says skiers find aggressive upgrades, improving quality, and continuing growth at High Country slopes.
The study said that one representative recent year, Boone Area "resort re-investment equaled 10% of revenue, a very healthy recipe for success.” 8-9% is “very good on a national level.”
The Colorado researchers say ongoing improvements at High Country resorts—especially expansions in snowmaking— “stabilize fluctuations in a weather dependent business.”
Boone Area snowmaking just keeps getting better, ski seasons keep getting longer (often from November to late-March—even April), and slope conditions stay more consistent. Even when the country has a milder winter—as seems to be the case this season—massive snowmaking firepower has covered all the slopes and great conditions are as close as a cold day...
Add the High Country’s natural snow—equal to Buffalo, New York—and you have nationally significant skiing in a spectacular setting.
Follow the links below to Boone Area slopes—the biggest cluster of ski facilities in the Middle Atlantic and South.
It's worth staying close to home for a High Country ski vacation, says the famous Mohawk-sporting skier Glen Plake. "You don't have to be an expert to have fun on the snow. But be sure to learn from a professional.”
Skiing, Snowboarding & more:
Appalachian Ski Mtn.
Beech Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort
- Hawksnest Resort
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