Ski French-Swiss Rentals Shop Burns to the Ground

This is not the kind of news that you want to hear just days away from seeing the local ski resorts open for 2005-2006, however just minutes ago we received a call that the ski and snowboard rental shop located on Hwy 105 South, just down from the entrance to Seven Devils, had caught fire and burned to the ground. (See the Photo Gallery for more pics.)

There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire, as Foscoe Fire Department personnel were literally still working to put the fire completely out while we were on the scene. We will update you with more information as we have it.

As many of you know, French-Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock is in its 37th year and is an Award Winning School.  It is also the oldest and best known Ski School in the south having taught over one million skiers and snowboarders the joy of snow sports. No other organization has played as significant a role in the education of the southern skier.

Certainly the Ski School will continue forward without missing a beat, since that part of the operation is located at Appalachian, however for the thousands of people who have become accustomed to renting skis, boards and clothing from the Foscoe/Banner Elk store…this will be disappointing news.

We will update you as we have more information on the cause of the fire and any plans to work out of another location.

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of, and Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.