Appalachian Ski Mountain (ASM) started small but has snowballed into North Carolina’s premier ski destination. Grady Moretz and four partners purchased what was known as Blowing Rock Ski Lodge. The ski resort had a 12,000-foot lodge, three slopes, and used ropes and T-bars to shuttle skiers to the peaks.
But Moretz and his team had a bigger vision that would take years to accomplish. In 1969, they replaced the rope tow with a chairlift. The T-bar was scrapped in 72 for another chairlift, and the lodge was renovated.
Appalachian Ski Mountain also worked on improving its brand image. During the 70s, they brought celebrities like famed alpine skier Jean Claude Killy and astronaut Charles Duke to the slopes. Appalachian Ski Mountain offers:
- Twelve slopes
- Two terrain parks
- (1) double chair lift
- (2) quad chairlifts
- (2) conveyor lifts
- (1) handle-pull lift
The lodge has evolved into 46,000 square feet, complete with:
- Equipment and clothing rental
- Dining rooms
- Gift shop
- Free WiFi (dining areas only)
- TV room
- Video game room
- Dressing rooms, lockers, dryers
Appalachian Ski Mountain is family-friendly and perfect for those wanting to learn to ski. The French Swiss Ski College (affiliated with Central Piedmont Community College) has instructors that work with beginners. Teachers incorporate the best techniques from the French and Swiss to give beginners a thorough, safe, and efficient ski method.
ASM is close to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, a popular tourist destination. Although ASM has everything you want during your visit, Blowing Rock offers over 100 casual or fine dining restaurants.
During a few select weeks in late December, ASM offers Midnight Blast Nights. Picture yourself swooping down well-lit slopes after midnight and warming yourself by the lodge’s fire.
While there are other ski resorts with some longer runs in the area, many visitors prefer ASM because it’s less crowded. Small crowds mean shorter wait times on the lifts. Skiers also report that the vibe is more relaxed at ASM and that check-in is a breeze.
If you’re interested in snowboarding, check out their Burton Learn To Ride Center. Seasoned snowboarders will want to look into the Burton Freestyle Center. And if you don’t have the gear, ASM can set you up with everything you’ll need in their rental shop.
An ice skating rink near the lodge is the perfect activity for families or couples. Check their website for time slots that work best for your schedule. And if you happen to be at ASM on New Year’s Eve, look into the Moonlight Skating Sessions.
ASM offers a variety of overnight options for ski enthusiasts. Consider one of their slope-side lodges and cabins that vary in amenities and bedrooms. These are available during the summer, too. RV and motorhome owners will love the electrical hookups in a parking lot overlooking the slopes and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Check ASM’s website for pricing and details.
Do you have a wedding or event you’d like to have in North Carolina’s High Country? Then consider ASM. They have connections with local vendors, musicians, and florists to make your dream wedding or event a memory that will last a lifetime.
Appalachian Ski Mountain offers top-notch skiing in the High Country that is ideal for families, couples, and weekend warriors. We believe you’ll have a wonderful experience enjoying winter sports with their alpine lodge, instructors, and professional staff.
If you need flexibility when booking your ski trip, consider purchasing the Flex Ticket. You can start your 8-hours of skiing when you wish, starting as early as 9 am or opting for later starts that go into the evenings.