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.

Resorts on the Rebound

By BRO Admin | 30 Nov 12
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Snow Making

Mother Nature can be a fickle broad. One minute, she blesses us with more snow than we can handle, the next she leaves us high and dry.

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No One Cares That You Tele

By BRO Admin | 30 Nov 12
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Tele Skiing

The telemark ski method ushered in a new era, bridging the gap between utilitarian cross country and recreational downhill skis.

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Video: Opening Day at Snowshoe

By BRO Admin | 27 Nov 12
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Snowshoe Opening Day 2012-13

We were there as the rope dropped on the 2012-13 ski season.

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Ski This Way

By Graham Averill | 01 Nov 12
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wisp resort

As fall transitions to winter, we’re itching to hit the slopes hard. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of this ski season.

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Southern Ski Cheat Sheet

By Graham Averill | 27 Dec 11
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Appalachian Ski Mountain has the best post-work shred fest.

Where’s the best ski terrain in the South? Take this pop quiz to find out.

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Down the Mountain

By Jedd Ferris | 27 Dec 11
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Ski and snowboard races around the Blue Ridge

Ski races and snowboard comps in the South.

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Snow Junkies

By Dustin Zarnikow | 01 Dec 11
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Jake Laroe

Adrenaline addicts who crave powder.

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Frozen in Time

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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“Dammit! I’m lost.” Not a wonderful thought at any time, especially when you are leading a backcountry wilderness race—and you were the one who designed the course. In 1998, I was five miles into the inaugural Mount Mitchell Challenge, a trail race which took runners to the highest point east of the Mississippi in the…

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Old Skier, New Tricks

By Graham Averill | 31 Jan 11
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Can an aging skier survive terrain park lessons?

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Frostbite

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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Literally the freezing of your skin, frostbite occurs when the body is exposed to prolonged freezing temperatures. The areas most commonly affected by frostbite are the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Superficial frostbite isn’t permanent, but deep frostbite can permanently damage the affected areas, and severe cases can lead to amputation. Three Warning…

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Ski Pioneers

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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A handful of hooligans brought skiing to the South and inadvertently started the biggest ski club in the country. This year, the Ski Club of Washington D.C. is celebrating its 75th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of discovering snow in Canaan Valley, West Virginia. Between 1936 and 1960, the group of pioneering Yankees introduced skiing…

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The Long Run

By BRO Staff | 31 Jan 11
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Our mountains may not be as big as those out West, but we have some massively long ski slopes in our region that offer the most bang for your buck. Here are a few of the longest ski runs in the South. Salamander, Timberline Resort, W.Va.: At two miles, Salamander is officially the longest ski…

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Hard Snow

By Skip Brown | 31 Jan 11
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Skate Skiing the Sods The snow is hard and icy, and I’m flying through woods on the verge of out of control. The skate skis on my feet are super skinny, have almost no edges, and feel like ballet shoes. I’m miles from a trailhead somewhere way back in the Dolly Sods Wilderness of eastern…

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Must Do: fabulous February adventures

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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Ski the Parkway: This mountaintop highway is closed most of the winter. February is our snowiest month. Make it happen. Lynn Cove Viaduct, Skyline Drive, Balsam Mountain—pick a high elevation stretch of blacktop, and head there when the snow falls. Climb Ice: This is a life-list adventure most people don’t even realize you can do…

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A New Baby Slope

By BRO Staff | 03 Jan 11
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Appalachian Ski Mountain in North Carolina’s High Country has a new beginner slope and teaching area for the 2010/2011 ski season. The gentle cruiser is paired with a new Sunkid conveyor belt, so newbies don’t even have to tackle the lift. Ski resorts make capital improvements each year, but this is the only entirely new…

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