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Hitting the Slopes (On a Budget)

Look ahead: Buying passes for the 2020/2021 season before the current winter ends can be a great way to save money on the slopes. Tips to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for the family Among the pantheon of recreational outdoor activities, few can be as wallet-shredding as snowsports. And while skiing and snowboarding cost a…
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Trail Mix: Five Anticipated Albums Coming in Early 2020

Nathaniel Rateliff is returning to his roots as a folksinger.  Plenty of great new albums are on the horizon in the new year. Check out five of our new favorites.  Drive-By Truckers “The Unraveling” The stalwart Southern country-rock outfit will return with their first LP since the politically charged 2016 effort “American Band.” Due on…
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Four Letters That Every Outdoor Adventurer Should Know

Now more than ever, politics is unpredictable. Partisanship trumps policy, watchdogs become lapdogs, and elected officials come and go faster than you can say quid pro quo. But there is one federal program that’s been around for over 50 years. It is the country’s most important conservation and recreation funding tool—yet probably fewer than 5…
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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 South?  I would. Here’s Why. The South is the Rodney Dangerfield of ski regions—it never seems to get any respect. At least that’s the way I saw it back in…
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2020 Race and Event Guide

JANUARY 2020  Merrell Hike Series January 25 Elk Knob State Park, N.C. Join Merrell and Mast General Store on a winter hike in Elk Knob State Park. You will have the opportunity to try out new hiking styles from Merrell on the Summit Trail, which is 3.8 miles round trip. Visit the Facebook event for…
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January – February 2020: Best of the Blue Ridge

Features Best of the Blue Ridge Readers pick their favorite race, faces, and places in the region. Snow in the South Thirty-three years after publishing Southern Snow: The Winter Guide to Dixie, author Randy Johnson reflects on the cult classic, which has just been reissued with a second edition.  The Slopes on a Budget Determined…
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Best of the Blue Ridge 2020

The sun rises over Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Best of the Blue Ridge photographer winner Leslie Restivo. DISCLAIMER: We are not affiliated with any company offering plaques or trophies. If you are contacted by people offering this, it is a scam. All winners can contact BRO for a certificate free of charge. 2020 Readers’ Choice…
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Dispatch from the Great Alabama 650

The Alabama River near Clairborne Lock and Dam, one of the many obstacles competitors had to portage around during the event. Photo by Gerry Seavo James Paddlers Navigate Southern Waters During New Epic 10-Day Race Back in September a small group of some of the region’s toughest paddlers convened at Weiss Lake to start an epic…
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