Summer has officially arrived

Happy First Day of Summer!

I feel a little like Olaf from Frozen this morning – a winter being pumped to see the calendar turn to summer. While ski season is our favorite time of year here at SkiSoutheast, summer is also a special time in our mountain communities and at our member resorts as all have some unique activities and events.

There are a ton of things going on this weekend so we decided to take a look at some that stood out to us.

Don’t see your favorite resort listed? Be sure to check out their website to see what summer happenings are going on.

Rhododendron Festival
One of the coolest events this weekend happens within a short drive of the North Carolina resorts with the Rhododendron Festival in Roan Mountain State Park.

The festival celebrates the world’s largest natural rhododendron gardens atop Roan Mountain (a great place for cross country skiing in the winter) on Saturday and Sunday. While the festival is held at the foot of the mountain in the state park, it is a short drive to the top of the Roan to the gardens.

At the festival, there will be local arts and crafts along with food vendors as well as musical entertainment.

Bryce Resort’s Dinner on the Mountain
Bryce is set to offer a unique dinning experience on Saturday. After a scenic chair lift ride to the top of the mountain, you will enjoy a beautiful view and a three-course meal.

Saturday’s Dinner on the Mountain is the first of four events with an additional one being held on Lake Laura in August.

The dinners are limited to 50 people per dinner so be sure to reserve your spot.

Canaan Valley West Virginia Days
For the history buffs, the Canaan Valley resort State Park will host the annual West Virginia Celebration this weekend. The events include civil war reenactments, authentic encampment and battlefield demonstrations.

Canaan Valley will also host one of their popular summer strolls and a WV Irish Road Bowling event this weekend.

Snowshoe to host Grand National Cross Country Series
There is always something going on at 4,848 and this weekend is no different as the resort is set to host the Amsoil Snowshoe Grand National Cross Country Series.

The event is two full days of ATV and bike races on challenging courses – including deep mud bogs,massive tree roots and going up and down hills – all over the mountain.

In addition to the racing action, there will be demonstration rides, eBike demos and live entertainment.

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Matt is a lifelong resident of the High Country - where he still resides with his wife and son in Roan Mountain, TN. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in 2010 and prior to joining the Appnet family in 2013, he worked for four years as the sports information director at a local Christian college. Matt also has worked for a variety of local newspapers as a sports writer and photographer - something that he still does in the evenings and weekends. In addition to writing and photography, Matt enjoys all types of sports, cooking and traveling.