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Appalachian Ski Mtn. Opened Today, Kicks Off 55th Anniversary Season in Blowing Rock

A good crowd shows up for Appalachian Ski Mtn’s opening day. Photo by Ken Ketchie

By Jesse Wood

Appalachian Ski Mtn. opened for the winter season on Tuesday to an eager crowd of people waiting to ski and snowboard on a beautiful day in the mountains. This year is the resort’s 55th anniversary.

“There were people lined up really early. One of our snow cat operators said that he saw someone pull up around 5:30 a.m.,” Appalachian Ski Mtn. spokesman Drew Stanley said.

An annual tradition on opening day for the Blowing Rock ski resort is to give away free tickets to the first 100 people who line up at the ticket gate. As Stanley noted, “Those got taken real quick and made for a good crowd in the morning.”

Appalachian Ski Mtn. opened with a 24 to 48 inch base on seven slopes.

“It’s been fantastic,” Stanley said. “The sun was shining for most of the day and the snow held up really well. Good coverage on pretty much all of the slopes. We’re just excited to see a bunch of smiling faces back out on the snow.”

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort opened on Monday and Beech Mountain Resort and Hawksnest Tubing plan to open on Friday. Read about Sugar Mountain’s opening day here.