Randy Johnson

Author Articles

Snow in the South

Aiming at the future. No wonder they called them snow guns. Photo: Beech Mountain Historical Society Who Would Write a Book About Snow in the...

Fridays on the Fly: A Private River Runs Through It

Resorts and landowners are blocking river access to anglers Solitude is a good thing when it’s just you, a fly rod, and an Appalachian stream—which...

Will Climate Change Melt Southern Skiing?

How long will Southern snow last with temperature records soaring and glaciers melting all over the globe? Ski resorts are diversifying their offerings by building mountain bike parks and other outdoor adventure options.

Massif Fun | Skiing the Roans

Guide to nordic and downhill skiing the Roans, skiing Roan Mountain and the surrounding area.

Respect Your Elder: Unearthing the Secrets of Grandfather Mountain

There’s far more to the history and mystery of Grandfather Mountain than the fact that one of the East’s major mountains remained in private hands into the 21st century. Most of Grandfather is a state park now, but Hugh Morton’s Mile-High Swinging Bridge tourist attraction, immortalized in millions of vacation photos, is still privately owned and for many people, the landmark that defines the mountain’s identity.

It’s Baaaack

Grandfather Mountain Scenic Area Proposal returns.