Awesome Skiing Conditions for March, Look For Value of Upcoming Late-Season Rates

Published Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

“Feels like peak season this morning, with fresh snow made last night on the majority of slopes!” ASM spokesperson Drew Stanley posted on Facebook.

By Jesse Wood

“January conditions in March.”

That’s how Appalachian Ski Mtn. spokesman Drew Stanley described the conditions on the slopes of the Blowing Rock ski resort on Thursday afternoon as snow fell. is forecasting 2 to 5 inches of snow tonight across the High Country.

“We love it,” Stanley said of Thursday’s snowfall. “It looks like it’s going to be really good skiing tomorrow. We’ve also been making snow the past couple days, so that’s helped a whole lot, too.”

Stanley mentioned that after a slow start in November and December, where only a few dustings occurred, the weather has been consistently cold in January and February, conducive to the resorts being able to make a solid base.

“So we have a huge base and to improve conditions and make the slopes as good as they can be, we are still making snow as the temps allow,” Stanley said, adding that ASM plans to make snow on Friday night as well.

“In between that and the natural snow, it should be really great skiing conditions,” Stanley said. “January conditions in March.”

App Ski Mtn. has a base of 38 to 62 inches and all of its slopes and lifts are open.

March also means late-season rates are set to begin.

At Appalachian Ski Mtn. the end-of-season discounts begin on March 14, and on Sunday, ASM offers the half-night of skiing for $10.

“Those are really good values [for] people looking for the best bang for their buck,” Stanley said.

For more information about App Ski Mtn., click here or call 828=295-7828.

Below are releases from Sugar Mountain Resort and Beech Mountain Resort.

Beech Mountain Resort Primed for Skiing into Late March

Beech Mountain Resort

Beech Mountain Resort will offer skiing deep into March thanks to a late-arriving winter that provided ample amounts of snow and snow-making temperatures in February.

“We enter March with peak-season conditions and 100% of our terrain open,” said resort general manager Ryan Costin. “March is generally a good time for skiing because of sunny, clear days followed by cool nights that allow us to maintain snow packs and provide snow-making.”

The resort has all chairlifts accessible and available to service the slopes as needed. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, visitors can enjoy ice skating in the resort village or partake in the resort’s new activity, snowtubing.

A state-of-the-art snowtubing park, located adjacent to the ice rink, opened in December and has been a big hit this winter, offering both day and night sessions. Meanwhile, the schedule of  live music in the Beech Tree ski lodge has been extended through March.

“With heavy snowfall in February, spring conditions are the best we have seen in many years and we expect to ski through the end of the month,” said marketing director Talia Freeman.

Another bonus to March skiing is reduced rates. Beginning March 7 and continuing through the end of the season, Beech Mountain Resort will offer 25 percent off lift tickets and equipment rentals on a daily basis, with local accommodations offering 25 percent off lodging.

For those interested in learning to ski, Beech Mountain Resort has two packages available Monday through Thursday. Children ages 8-12 receive a day lift ticket, ski rental and first-time beginner lesson for just $33, Monday through Thursday. Adults receive the same package for just $46.

“We have already seen increase in advance bookings for March,” Freeman said. “ Our customers seem pleased with the current conditions and excited for another month of skiing.”

Below are some upcoming live music events at Beech Mountain Resort:


Friday, March 4-Beech Mountain Brewing Co. @6pm

Shelby Ray Moore

Back by popular demand, Shelby Rae Moore returns to the Beech Mountain Brewing Co.  Join us Friday, March 4th, at 6 p.m.  Shelby Rae Moore is an up-and-coming vocalist from Hickory, NC, who is currently making her mark in the high country.  Shelby is deemed as one of the best female vocalists in the area.

Saturday, March 5-Beech Tree Bar and Grille @6pm

The Broadcast

Described by audiences as a modern day “Grace Slick meets Led Zeppelin”, Asheville NC’s The Broadcast quickly propelled themselves into the live music spotlight with their award winning independently released debut album “Dodge the Arrow” which has sold nearly 10,000 copies to date.

Led by female powerhouse Caitlin Krisko, The Broadcast is breaking new ground across the country with their infectious energy and authentic approach to rock & roll. Drawing much of their sound from 70s classic rock n roll, this dynamic ensemble is known for their explosive live performances.

Friday, March 11-Beech Tree Bar and Grille @6pm

Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats

Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats formed in Asheville NC around early 2011 as a street busking project. Jumpstarted from several songs written by Asheville NC native, Andrew Scotchie, The River Rats have evolved from a stripped down guitar/harmonica duo to 5 piece rock soul and blues band with a fiery live show and a horn section to top it all off.

Andrew and the Rats have been sharing the stage with national acts such as Sonny Landreth, Big Sams Funky Nation and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and been featured at staple music festivals such as Bristol Rythym and Roots, Columbia Blues Festival, Awendawe Green and Asheville Barnaroo.

Saturday, March 12-The Beech Tree Bar and Grille @7:30pm

Nappy Roots

Nappy Roots entered the music scene in 1998 and they have remained real, humble, talented guys with inherent, undeniable southern swagger. After the international success of their album Watermelon, Chicken, & Grits, selling over 3 million albums, the members of Nappy Roots were flying high while still acutely aware of how far it could be to the bottom should they fall. It is that practical and genuine presence of mind that helped them sustain touring as a group these last ten years. Building a vastly loyal fan-base nationwide, fans and friends can be used interchangeably when referring to their army of followers.

By far one of the most underrated Hip-Hop acts to have emerged over the past few years, their accomplishments and the milestones they’ve reached are the stuff of often-referenced Hip-Hop legacies. But theirs remains a legacy that isn’t celebrated nearly as much as it should be… at least not by the “industry.” The fans, on the other hand, recognize just what sets Nappy Roots apart: consistency. In addition to their three independent releases – The Humdinger and Pursuit Of Nappyness, and Nappy Dot Org released in 2008, 2010, and 2011 respectively- Nappy Roots has provided their fans with new music every year since 2004, amassing a total of no less than 11 full-length albums and mixtapes.

For info on spring skiing, visit For lodging info, go to, or call (800) 468-5506.

Another Month of Fun at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort

A view of Sugar Mountain Resort on Tuesday. Photo by Ken Ketchie

A view of Sugar Mountain Resort on Tuesday. Photo by Ken Ketchie

Spring skiing and riding is just around the corner and Sugar Mountain Resort is ready.

Beginning Monday, March 7 skiers and snowboarders automatically receive 25 percent savings on lift ticket, rental equipment and lesson prices for the remainder of the ski season. Plus Winter Value Packages are discounted forty percent; making March skiing and riding more attractive than ever.

Saturday, March 5th the Johnson Brothers perform between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 8th Sugar hosts Sugar Bear’s Birthday and the Dick Trundy Sugar Cup giant slalom competition, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. The following Sunday, March 13th Sugar Mountain Resort hosts the tenth annual Easter egg hunt on the slopes. Click here for details about Sugar’s spring events.

Ice skatingtubingsnowshoeing, and the Spyder sample sale all continue throughout the remainder of the season.

For more information call 800-SUGAR-MT or visit Be sure to follow us on Instagram.

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