HIGH COUNTRY SKI EXPO – WOOLLY WORM FESTIVAL – VALLE FAIR

FALL LEAF UPDATE!!!! 10/19/2007!

A lot of people have been emailing asking about fall foliage.  Almost within a few blinks of an eye…the color has really begun to explode around the higher elevations.  We received some reports about how beautiful the color is right now on the back side of Beech Mountain and around Highway 194 just outside of Banner Elk towards Valle Crucis. (So much for what some of the so-called experts were predicting!)  There is an amazing patchwork of color just now appearing…and our guess is that we’ll see quite a lot of color in stages for the next two weeks or so.  COME ON UP!!!

THE HIGH COUNTRY’S SKI RESORTS AND SHOPS KICK OFF THE SEASON WITH A SKI EXPO!

There’s a lot going on this weekend around Boone, Banner Elk and Valle Crucis, North Carolina!

Here’s your chance to meet some of the movers, shakers (and snow shapers!) of the High Country’s ski scene! The area’s ski resorts, ski shops and industry reps will be hosting the first ever High Country Ski Expo at Boone Mall in Boone, North Carolina on Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 19-21. This is great opportunity to view and purchase the latest in ski/board equipment and receive pre-season discounts on equipment, apparel, and season passes!

This is an inaugural event that the High Country’s ski industry hopes will develop into an annual event. Customers can gear-up for the winter season at discounted prices and register to win a pair of Dynamic Slalom Skis and other goodies. SkiNC.com will be on hand and we plan to have some FREE stickers (new design this season), post cards and some of our popular SkiNC hoodies and tees. We’ll have some for sale, and we will be giving away some as well! We’ll also go ahead and jump start our own contest giveaways – The first 200 people that drop by and register for our contests will be put into a drawing that will take place on Sunday where we will give away a Grand Prize of a FREE Ski Vacation for this season, a Second Prize will be a FREE Hoodie and third will be a FREE Long Sleeved Tee.

"This an opportunity to make local people aware of what is available in our own backyard," said Gil Adams, marketing director at Beech Mountain.

Participants in the expo include Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain, Hawksnest Ski Resort, Sugar Mountain, First Tracks, Farmer’s Ski Shop, Edge of the World Snowboard Shop, Extreme Ski and Board, SkiNC.com and supporting industry representatives.

"We want to get out and meet folks at the Expo, show some new products and get people excited about skiing," said Robin Greene, proprietor of Farmer’s Ski Shop in Boone.

SkiNC.com will be setup at the Expo with a laptop on hand to allow for additional registering for all of our annual giveaways. You can also signup to help us provide On-Snow Reports for your favorite resort for the upcoming season. This is a great weekend to visit the High Country anyway…with the Fall colors beginning to come in more, the Woolly Worm Festival and The Valle Fair going on. There’s also "Black Saturday" – Appalachian State plays Georgia Southern at 3:30pm. So make plans to come up and while you’re here – stop by Boone Mall and attend the first ever High Country Ski Expo!

The Ski Expo takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, 20 and 21. For more information call 828-963-6561.

MORE FREQUENT NEWS AND UPDATES COMING SOON!

I feel compelled to inform you guys that we ARE now beginning our pre-season tweaks to SkiNC and SkiSoutheast.com and we’ll be adding a lot of information about "What’s New for 2007" at all of the resorts, as well as some insight into what we can expect for the 2007-2008 season. We’ve had a lot of questions emailed to us asking things like, "How will the prolonged drought effect snowmaking?" – and other weather-related questions, so we will begin providing more frequent daily updates now that we are into mid October.

Check back soon!