6 Unexpected Ways to Play in the Snow

Experience a little mountain adventure this fall in Boone, North Carolina

Fluffy, white snowfall during January transformed the Boone area into a winter sports haven for snowboarders and skiers. What may surprise you is there are at least a half-dozen other exhilarating activities to enjoy.

Snow Tubing: In addition to making slalom turns on the slopes, fans of frosty air can ride on snow tubing lanes at three area resorts: Beech Mountain, Hawksnest and Sugar Mountain. Magic Carpet lifts comfortably return participants and their tubes back to the top of the hill to take the ride all over again. Enjoy 30+ snow tubing lanes at Hawksnest, the largest such park on the East Coast.

Zip Lining: While family or friends are happily tubing the lanes, you could be flying high along Hawksnest’s Zip Lines. Check out candid photos back at the lodge when you’re done with your fun.

ice skating boone ncIce Skating: Appalachian Ski Mountain offers N.C.’s only Zamboni-maintained rink, fully-lighted, 7 nights a week and with a rinkside bonfire. Beech Mountain’s Alpine Village of shops and eateries, and a bonfire as well, surrounds one of the most picturesque rinks in the area. And, Sugar Mountain’s ice skating rink is conveniently positioned near on-site shopping and dining, too.

Beech Mountain Sledding Hill: Children under 12 have the run of the sledding hill next to the Beech Mountain town hall in the highest little municipality east of the Rockies. Elevation: 5506′.

Snowshoeing: Looking for a little more solitary “snow-journ”? If Mother Nature has gifted the area with recent snowfall, try snowshoeing at Sugar Mountain, where one-hour tours and rentals are available select days of the week. If you have your own snowshoes, head to Bass Lake just off Hwy. 221 near Blowing Rock. There, you can access the 26 miles of trails at Moses Cone Estate.

Cross-Country Skiing: A sort of hybrid of hiking and skiing, cross-country skiing is best after new snowfall, especially along the Blue Ridge Parkway (closed to vehicles after snowy weather events), Moses Cone Estate, and on the balds of nearby Roan Mountain. Rentals are available at High Country Ski Shop at Pineola Inn (near Linville).

FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL
Downtown Boone
February 19, 2016

WINTER OLD-TIME DANCE
Blowing Rock Museum
February 18-21, 2016

RETRO 80s WEEKEND AT BEECH
Beech Mountain Resort
Thurs., Feb. 18, through Sun., Feb. 21, 2016