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Appalachian Ski Mtn. had its beginning December 4, 1968, when Grady Moretz and four other partners purchased the area from the Northwestern Bank at foreclosure at a public auction. Built six years earlier by Mr. M.E. Thalheimer of Selma, Alabama, the ski area was known as Blowing Rock Ski Lodge, Inc. Blowing Rock Ski Lodge was a public, stock owned company and first opened in the winter of 1962-63.

It was the first ski area in Northwestern North Carolina and the second oldest ski area in the State, Cataloochee having opened the previous winter. Originally the area consisted of a 12,000 square foot base lodge and three slopes serviced by two rope tows and a T-bar.

In the summer of 1969, Appalachian Ski Mtn. replaced the rope tow on Strudel with its first chairlift, a double. Three years later in the summer of 1972, the T-bar on Big Appal was replaced with a second chairlift. The area continued to make improvements every year. Among these improvements were several additions to the lodge that enlarged the rental department, ski shop and the restaurant, added a new first-aid room and ski patrol room, more office space, and a gift shop. Other improvements included the first airless snowmaking in North Carolina, a new sewage treatment plant, several new slopes, new compressor house, four Ingersoll Rand screw air compressors, an enlarged snowmaking water reservoir, and, in 1985, a new LMC groomer and tiller.

In the winter of 1969-70, Jack Lester of Charlotte and Atlanta, and Jim Cottrell of Boone formed the French-Swiss Ski College. In the early 1970’s, they brought a number of celebrities to Appalachian Ski Mtn., including Olympic gold medalist Jean Claude Killy, astronaut Charles Duke, and the Rossignol Racing Team. French-Swiss also began one of the first extensive college accredited programs for skiing.

In 1984, the biggest expansion in the history of the area took place when a Doppelmayr quad chairlift was installed and 6,000 square feet was added to the lodge. This was the first quad chair lift in North Carolina. The Moretz family acquired sole ownership of Appalachian Ski Mtn. in 1986.

In 1992, the second double chairlift installed in 1972 was replaced with a new Doppelmayr double chairlift, and in 1993 a computerized snowmaking pumping system was installed. In 1994, Appalachian replaced its first double chairlift with a second Doppelmayr quad chairlift, added a new intermediate slope (Appaljack), and installed a refrigerated outdoor ice skating arena and skate rental building.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has expanded to twelve slopes including two terrain parks serviced by one double chairlift, two quad chairlifts, two conveyor lifts (new in 2010) and one handle-pull lift. The base lodge now covers 46,000 square feet, is smoke free, and has complimentary WIFI in the restaurant.

For more info on ASM’s history, see these comprehensive editorial stories below:
  • High Country Magazine — “A Half Century of High Country Skiing” — View Article
  • Carolina Mountain Life — “Southern Skiing’s Forgotten Man” — Download PDF

The French Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mtn. has taught over 1 million people to ski & ride.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. was the first ski area south of the Potomac to offer night skiing (1964).

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has the greatest snowmaking capacity per acre in the Southeast region.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. strives to avoid snowmaking during skiing hours as much as possible.

ASM has skied through its scheduled closing day for the last 10 consecutive years. (The earliest scheduled closing has been the 4th Sunday in March.)

Appalachian Ski Mtn. can convert almost 49 million pounds of water to snow in a 24 hour period in outstanding snowmaking weather.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has the only Burton Progression Park south of Maryland.

ASM is one of 15 ski areas throughout North America, Europe, and Asia selected by Burton Snowboards to offer a Burton Progression Park.

Burton is the leading snowboard manufacturer in the world, with more than double the market share of any other snowboard manufacturer.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has a 2500 sq ft clothing rental center with jacket, bib, glove, goggle, and helmet rentals.

Midnight Blast Weekends are offered every Friday and Saturday night from January 3rd through March 1st.

Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s Midnight Blast Weekends are the only late-night skiing sessions in the Southeast region.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is the only resort in North Carolina that offers an all nights-only season pass.

In 2008-09, Appalachian Ski Mtn. had both terrain parks open by its 3rd day of skiing.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. will start making snow the first substantial cold spell after October 31st.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has opened during the week prior to Thanksgiving for seven of the last eight years.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has reinvested over 3 million dollars in snowmaking and other improvements over the last 3 years.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is the closest ski area in the Southeast to Charlotte, NC. (79 linear miles according to Google Earth).

Appalachian Ski Mtn. usually grooms all of its slopes every day.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. rebuilds one of its terrain parks at least every other week.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is the only ski area in the Southeast that has automatic load gates on each of its chairlifts.

The Appalachian Ski Patrol requires a volunteer commitment of 12 days per patroller per season.

In 2008, Appalachian Ski Patrol Director Joe Donadio was the National Ski Patrol Representative of the Year.

In 2008, Appalachian Ski Patroller Chris Martin was the National Pro Patroller of the Year.

French Swiss Ski College President Jim Cottrell has been the director of the ski school since the first Nixon administration (1969).

General Manager Brad Moretz learned to ski at ASM on wooden skis with screwed-in metal edges, cable bindings, and lace-up boots on a rope-tow.

Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s switchboard is answered by a live person 24 hours a day during ski season.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. employs approximately 300 people during ski season. The French Swiss Ski College employs an additional 90 people.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has been owned and managed by the Moretz family for the past 25 years.

Every Appalachian Ski Mtn. staff member is interviewed and individually selected by one of the owners.

55 to 65 percent of Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s staff returns each season.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has 10 to 15 applicants for each new staff member hired.

Every staff member at Appalachian Ski Mtn. is paid more than the federal minimum wage.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. offers a high performance twin-tip rental.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is the only ski area in the Southeast region that offers terrain park instruction.

Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s base lodge has free wireless internet.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is within a 10 mile drive to over 50 restaurants, more than any other ski area in the Eastern United States.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. opened as Blowing Rock Ski Lodge in 1962.

In 1962, only one motel in Blowing Rock stayed open during the winter.

The Appalachian Ski Mtn. grooming staff has a combined 71 years of experience.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has held a closing day pond skimming and costume contest since 2003.

On a night with excellent snowmaking conditions, ASM's snowmaking staff can make 3 to 6 feet of snow.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has 22 RV electrical hookups in its public parking area.

French Swiss Ski College instructors must go through 50 hours of training before teaching their first lesson.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. once had a t-bar where the #2 Chairlift is located.

Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s double chairlift is used for wedding ceremonies during the off-season.

Most of Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s terrain park features are custom fabricated on-site.

On a busy day, 22 staff members will expedite guests through the equipment rental process.

Appalachian's Alpine Ski Shop buys more inventory from Burton Snowboards than any other ski industry manufacturer.

In 2005, after 44 years in the ski business, ASM President Grady Moretz was the North American recipient of the NSAA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The lift operations staff builds a real wood fire in the dining room fireplace almost every morning.

On New Year's Eve, Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s restaurant serves filet mignon.

For the 2013-14 ski season, Appalachian Ski Mtn. will offer over 50 unique terrain park features.

In an average year, Appalachian Ski Mtn. will make snow approximately 500 hours. (Most of this is during non-skiing hours).

Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s snowmaking system converts an estimated 75 million gallons of water to snow during a ski season.

The Alpine Ski Shop at Appalachian Ski Mtn. is the oldest ski shop in North Carolina.

In 1999, Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s first terrain park feature was an 8' long double barrel rail made from PVC pipe.

3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Jean Claude Killy made three promotional appearances at Appalachian Ski Mtn. during the 1970's.

All of Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s chairlifts have pads on the chair seats and backs.

Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s original base lodge was 12,000 square feet. The base lodge today is over 47,000 square feet.

The Appal Jam Terrain Park was named by Monty Dunlap in an internet naming contest in the summer of 2006.

The slope names have an apple/Appal(achian) theme as the property was an apple orchard prior to becoming a ski area.

Local professor Eric DeGroat suggested the name "Appalachian" due to the association of this region. The mountain was already referred to by the locals as "Ski Mtn."

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has several ski-in/ski-out slopeside rental chalets which are rented to vacationers year-round.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is the only North Carolina ski area that books customized packages with local lodging facilities.

Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s reservations staff personally visits each room type in the 12 facilities offered in ski & stay packages.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has the only snowboard-width stonegrinder and wet belt sander at a North Carolina ski resort.

All of the walkways (350') around the perimeter of Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s base lodge are heated with hot water radiant-heat piping.

The music on the slopes and in Appalachian Ski Mtn.'s base lodge is provided by Sirius Satellite Radio.

The snowmaking reservoir at Appalachian Ski Mtn. is 40 feet deep.

The Restaurant at Appalachian Ski Mtn. has a homemade desert special every day.

There are two sets of automatic doors at the main entrance to the Appalachian Ski Mtn. base lodge.

The Appalachian Ski Mtn. entrance road is a state road maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is six miles from Boone and two miles from Blowing Rock.

The second-story deck, facing the slopes on Appalachian Ski Mtn's base lodge, has 19 picnic tables which will seat 152 people.

In 2007, Appalachian Ski Mtn. installed the largest snowmaking pumping station constructed in America that year.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is the only ski area in North Carolina with a zamboni to cut the ice floor on its ice skating rink.

Anyone renting our Burton LTR snowboard equipment can purchase a group lesson with a low 4:1 student to instructor ratio.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is the only North Carolina Ski Area that offers a Flex Ticket that begins when you buy it.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. is the only resort in the North Carolina High Country with 2 conveyor lifts.

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