Meltdown Games at App Ski Mtn. Wraps Up Another Winter Season in the High Country

Published Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 4:08 pm
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A snowboarder catches some big air during the annual Meltdown Games at Appalachian Ski Mtn. Photo by Tanner Sinclair

By Jesse Wood

Once again, Appalachian Ski Mtn. ended the winter season in style with the wild-and-crazy Meltdown Games this past weekend.

“The Meltdown Games were a great time as always, [and] a fun way to wind down the season,” Appalachian Ski Mtn. spokesman Drew Stanley said.

TWS_6214-1Stanley said that the Blowing Rock ski resort wasn’t able to put on the pond skim. However in lieu of that popular event, organizers added the Uphill Challenge, where skiers and snowboarders hike from the bottom to the top of the mountain decked out in their gear.

While the Meltdown Games signified the end of the season in every previous year, Appalachian Ski Mtn. opted to stay open a little bit longer. On Wednesday, it finally closed.

As of Tuesday, Appalachian Ski Mtn. was the only ski resort south of New York open on the East Coast. It operated on the last day of the year with eight of its 12 slopes open

“We would like to thank all of our guests and employees for another great season, and are already getting excited about 2016-17!” Appalachian Ski Mtn. posted on its website.

Check out the award winners from the Meltdown Games below. All of the winners received prizes from the Alpine Ski Shop.

Prize Categories for 15-16 Meltdown Games:

High Ollie:
– 12 and Under 1st – Jeremias Ourez
– 12 and Under 2nd – Kayden Lewis

– 13 and Over 1st – Steven Johansson
– 13 and Over 2nd – Duncan Nielander
– 13 and Over 3rd – Scott Friedrich

Cardboard Box Derby:
– Most Original Box Design – Jianni Balland
– Fastest Box – Robert Spurrier, Zach Wood

Big Air:
– 12 and Under Snowboard 1st – Jake Warren
– 12 and Under Snowboard 2nd – RJ Bielski

– 13 and Over Ski 1st – Riley Parr
– 13 and Over Ski 2nd – Marshal Roten
– 13 and Over Ski 3rd – Dargan Powers

– 13 and Over Snowboard 1st – John Kevin Mullins
– 13 and Over Snowboard 2nd – Duncan Nielander
– 13 and Over Snowboard 3rd – Lorenzo Fitzpatrick

– Womens 1st – Caroline Edwards
– Womens 2nd – Brantley Mullins
– Womens 3rd –Josie Gagnon

Trash Bag Downhill:
– 12 and Under Fastest Finish – RJ Bielski
– 13 and Over Fastest Finish – Marshal Roten

Impossible Box Contest:
– Best Grind Ski – Marshal Roten
– Best Grind Snowboard – Lorenzo Fitzpatrick

Uphill Challenge:
– 12 and Under – Josie Gagnon
– 13 and Over – Bret Edwards

Chinese Downhill
– 12 and Under Fastest Finish – Josie Gagnon
– 13 and Over Fastest Finish – Manuel Alcoraz

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