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Appalachian Ski Mountain

940 Ski Mountain Rd

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Appalachian Ski Mtn. 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.

In the summer of 1969, Appalachian Ski Mtn. replaced the rope tow on Strudel with its first chairlift, a double. Three years later in the summer of 1972, the T-bar on Big Appal was replaced with a second chairlift. The area continued to make improvements every year. Among these improvements were several additions to the lodge that enlarged the rental department, ski shop and the restaurant, added a new first-aid room and ski patrol room, more office space, and a gift shop. Other improvements included the first airless snowmaking in North Carolina, a new sewage treatment plant, several new slopes, new compressor house, four Ingersoll Rand screw air compressors, an enlarged snowmaking water reservoir, and, in 1985, a new LMC groomer and tiller.

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.

In 1984, the biggest expansion in the history of the area took place when a Doppelmayr quad chairlift was installed and 6,000 square feet was added to the lodge. This was the first quad chair lift in North Carolina. The Moretz family acquired sole ownership of Appalachian Ski Mtn. in 1986.

In 1992, the second double chairlift installed in 1972 was replaced with a new Doppelmayr double chairlift, and in 1993 a computerized snowmaking pumping system was installed. In 1994, Appalachian replaced its first double chairlift with a second Doppelmayr quad chairlift, added a new intermediate slope (Appaljack), and installed a refrigerated outdoor ice skating arena and skate rental building.

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.


Morgan Benge

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Great beginner slope! The blown ice can get little hard when you fall down, especially after dark, but definitely easy to learn. Colorado snow is much softer. Two big accessory stores and a fast food cafeteria style frozen food from a bag quality restaurant and nice fireplace to warm by. Great place to take the whole family on a budget.

Scott Windham

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
Even on very crowded days, App Ski Mountain has efficient service and relatively short lift lines. The staging area where you put on your boots can get a bit crowded, as can the lines in the cafeteria (which seems dated and in need of renovation). But it's still our favorite place to ski because of the friendly staff, laid-back and fun atmosphere, and good skiing. We never wait more than a few minutes in line, and there is a nice mix of green, blue, and black slopes. The snow quality is usually good. If you're skiing as a family, we highly recommend App Ski Mountain. There are two excellent green slopes and two nice blue slopes. The ski school is outstanding: they taught both of our children to ski in about two hours.

Gila G

Saturday, March 24, 2018
We left South Florida for a ski getaway. Family of first time skiers. We had a fantastic time! Everything was well organized. Took ski lessons at the on-site French-Swiss Ski School. Instructor was patient and friendly, although I would make sure to request more instruction on turning and how to get up when you fall (you will fall). We gained a lot of confidence throughout the 2 days we spent here. There was plenty of powder and trails were manageable. We were conveniently able to rent everything on site, which is a big plus over other places around town. Everything here was well thought out, the conveyor belts on the greens were easy to get on and off, multiple ski lifts, and rentals were all central and easy to navigate. Even the snow patrol was helpful (our kid was over enthusiastic about her ski skills and may have gotten stuck on a black diamond). The food lounge was meh, but you aren't going here for fine dining. Parking was $1 and plenty available spots this late in the season. There is a cute gift shop on site that also sells ski gear.

Richard Wareiczuk

Thursday, June 28, 2018
It was our first visiting here in late February so the season was almost nearing it's end, and I'm aware that played a big factor. However, two of the slopes were closed and the snow was very icy. We were able to rent all the equipment and clothing which was nice. However, the overall unkempt conditions, poor customer service from the near-all teenage staff and priciness definitely made this a pretty bad experience overall.

Michael Hritzik

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
We loved the small mountain feel... well staffed and a great place for families and especially for beginner skiers. It's a smaller mountain but very well maintained. The food was also good for what you'd expect of a ski resort. My family and I had a great time here despite the record high temperatures in February. There was still good skiing here when other area resorts seemed to be struggling with maintaining decent skiing conditions.

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