Appalachian and Cataloochee Prepare for What Should be a Good Weekend of Skiing and Riding!

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Here we are ever deeper into Spring and so far Old Man Winter is bullying into Spring’s territory and as far as we can tell nobody is complaining.  Snow fell again last night across the High Country and other parts of the Southeast.

Appalachian Ski Mountain did make a little snow last night and then Mother Nature took over and dropped an inch of natural snow on the mountain.  That takes App to 37” of snow on the season, which pales in comparison to the 350 hours of snow that the snowmakers made snow in December alone, which is a personal record for Appalachian Ski Mountain!  When we were talking with General Manager, Brad Moretz he said that those 350 hours of snowmaking was sometimes what Appalachian would run the snowguns during a weak season!

Brad also said, “Just let your visitors know that we’re not making snow in order to stay open; we’re making snow so that people can have the best conditions up until the end of the season.”

You KNOW there’s going to be some crazy, zany fun to be had at this weekend’s Meltdown Games taking place at Appalachian Ski Mountain this weekend. Word has it that Dave McConnell, AKA “TeleDave” on the messageboard, will be tele-skiing down App’s slopes on Saturday wearing a hula skirt and bra. That would normally be a sight to behold, but with SNOW and temperatures in the 20s and 30s forecasted…I may just have to see that in person! Sounds like several of the messageboard crew are planning on being there and with all sorts of fun races, an 80’ pond skim, trashbag races and more planned…YOU SHOULD BE THERE TOO!
At least Nine events will take place during the games that will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26. Embarrassment will kick things off as skiers and snowboarders attempt to skim across an 80-foot skimming pond that Appalachian has created at the base of the mountain.

There will also be a Big Air Contest in the terrain park, a Tug-of-War over the skimming pond, a ski and snowboard slope style competition, a dual slalom, a Cardboard Derby and a Trash Bag Downhill Race.

Check out the messageboard and you’ll see that a few of the guys are throwing something together at the last minute that we’ll be an attention getter. Don’t be surprised to see “SkiNC” painted on some kind of contraption!

They also have some kind of mass-start, Chinese Downhill planned as well. To enter the Meltdown Games, participants only need to buy a lift ticket. And even though late-season rates are already in effect at Appalachian, even nicer looking deals are available through the Learn-to-Ski packages. By reserving a day early this weekend, skiers can receive a lift ticket, ski rentals and a lesson for only $33, compared to $77. And snowboarders can receive a lift ticket, snowboard rental and a lesson for only $45, compared to $86.

Mark McKelvy snapped a nice photo of the new 31-foot by 1-foot Rollercoaster Rail. The rail was installed last Sunday and it has already been a hit according to all who have lined up to try it.

Cataloochee Ski Area is also joining in the fun for one more full weekend of skiing.  They have 80% of their mountain open, good conditions and they will ski from 1pm to 10pm today and then Saturday and Sunday.  They will closed all next week and then reopen for ONE DAY ONLY next Saturday, April 1st. As an added bonus to close out a great season, Cat is going to let everyone ski from 8:30am to 4:30pm with RETRO lift ticket pricing from back in 1961 when they opened and allowed skiers to hit the mountain for a whopping $2.75!!! So ski next Saturday, April 1st for less than $3.00!!!

Go take part in some good conditions at TWO VERY FAMILY and CUSTOMER FRIENDLY RESORTS!

Until Next Time!

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