Snowsports

Say hello to the slopes of the Blue Ridge! Here’s your top news on ski and snowboard resorts, backcountry snow adventures, snowshoeing destinations, and cross-country trips. Boarders and skiers of any variety, from freestyle and alpine to nordic and telemark, can find all the events, guides, reports, and gear reviews they need to enjoy the winter.

Snow in the South

By Randy Johnson | 13 Jan 20
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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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Fresh Tracks: Top Cross-Country Skiing Destinations in the Southeast

By Noah Poulos | 12 Dec 19
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Enjoy epic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Roan Mountain range, located on the North Carolina/Tennessee border. / Photo by Travis Bordley Cross-country skiing—also known as Nordic skiing—evokes thoughts of the far north. Places where the thermostat stays below zero and snow blankets the ground for months on end. With fewer winter whiteouts…

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Outdoor Updates: Jake Burton Carpenter, the father of snowboarding, dies at age 65

By Kim Dinan | 25 Nov 19
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Photo of Jake Burton Carpenter tweeted by Burton Snowboards Jake Burton Carpenter, the father of snowboarding, dies at age 65 Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards has died, officials from this company announced on Thursday. Carpenter fought testicular cancer in 2011 and told employees just this month that the cancer had returned. Carpenter…

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GEAR UP: Top Picks for Great Gear

By BRO Admin | 07 Nov 19
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This year’s hottest products are here and just in time for the holidays. Get in gear! Want to get your hands on some of this gear? Enter to win the GIVEAWAY! Icemule Boss Ultimate portability. Ultimate ice retention. Ultimate ease of use. No wonder the ICEMULE BOSS™ is the ultimate cooler. Premium, multi-day ice retention…

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Happy Birthday West Virginia!

By BRO Admin | 20 Jun 19
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Every year on June 20th, the Mountain State celebrates a very special day – its birthday! This year West Virginia is turning 156 years old. How much do you know about the east coast’s best-kept secret? West Virginia is home to… Nearly 50 state parks and forests. Outdoor adventure of all kinds can be found all…

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All-Women Adventure Film Festival Heads to Brevard, NC in April

By Kim Dinan | 18 Mar 19
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No Man’s Land Film Festival, the premier all-women adventure film festival, is coming to Western North Carolina for the second year in a row. The festival features short films about inspirational women showcasing a wide array of women-identified athletes and adventurers. The April 3 screening in Brevard, NC will take place at Oskar Blues Brewery…

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Can We Join the Party?

By Mandela Echefu | 14 Mar 19
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The climate and demographics of snowsports are changing. Today’s world is changing, both in a literal and philosophical sense. Winter sports are a sector, grappling with the direct effects of that change. Here, leaders and participants have had to evaluate and adjust their expectations of the utility gained from playing in the mountains when the…

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Olympic Waffles

By Graham Averill | 27 Feb 19
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Fun fact: Olympians often eat chocolate covered waffles between Super G runs. At least, that’s what I tell my kids, Cooper and Addie, when we reach the top of Snowshoe Mountain and I spy the Waffle Cabin just to the right of the lift. I’ve come to believe that family ski trips are as much…

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Wounded Warriors Weekend with Wintergreen Adaptive Sports

By Shannon McGowan | 15 Feb 19
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For nearly twenty years, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports has been providing outdoor sports and recreational adventures for the disabled. This year, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS) celebrated their 15th Annual Wounded Warrior Weekend. Beginning in 2004, members wanted a way to use their knowledge, skills and equipment they have acquired over the years to give back to…

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Sometimes It Sucks

By Graham Averill | 15 Jan 19
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Ditching your family to ski and drink whiskey with your friends every single Wednesday of ski season is absolutely awesome. Except when it’s not.

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Skurka Says – A Southerner’s Guide to Gearing Up for Winter

By Dan DeWitt | 17 Dec 18
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I’m not totally sure I’d be around to write this now if, before setting out on a backpacking trip last January, I hadn’t recently binge-listened to survival podcasts. The message repeated during each episode in ominous, Rod Serling-like tones: it’s seldom one poor choice that leads to wilderness tragedy but a whole series of compounding…

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The Super Plunge

By Ellen Kanzinger | 13 Dec 18
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Polar Plunges are too chill for these cold-hearted Do-gooders who wade into the frigid Chesapeake 24 times in 24 hours. There are polar bear plunges, and then there is the Super Plunge. For the last 14 years, dozens of participants have shown up to plunge into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay 24 times…

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Ice Climbing: The Best Kept Secret in the South

By Ellen Kanzinger | 11 Dec 18
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The best kept secret in the Shenandoah The Shenandoah ice crags are spoken about in hushed tones, with only the most trusted climbers charged with keeping these rare locations a secret. “I think one of the fun things about ice climbing in this area is we kind of joke around that, yeah, we’re not going to…

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Out Cold: Andrew Herrington’s Winter Survival Essentials

By Ellen Kanzinger | 04 Dec 18
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Cold and wet conditions are the biggest killers. Backcountry Rescuer Andrew Herrington can help you save yourself. When it comes to wilderness survival, don’t expect Andrew Herrington to teach you how to make a bow drill fire or how to trap animals for food. His classes focus on the reality of dealing with an emergency…

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THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

By Ellen Kanzinger | 01 Dec 18
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The rising stars of Ski Racing in the Southeast The Southeast is known for its access to outdoor adventures, from hiking the Appalachian Trail and climbing in the New River Gorge to paddling the Narrows of the Green River and biking the Great Allegheny Passage. But it’s not a region necessarily known for its competitive…

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