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.

Ski Racing Essentials

By BRO Staff | 01 Dec 18
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Coach Chris Shepard’s favorite gear for Southern Appalachian slopes. Chris Shepard grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, but didn’t start skiing until he was on the other side of the world, in Germany. Fresh out of high school, and a young Army soldier in a foreign country, Shepard was game for picking…

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Will Climate Change Melt Southern Skiing?

By Randy Johnson | 07 Feb 18
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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.

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Mixed Doubles

By Graham Averill | 26 Jan 18
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One thing I’ve learned from several years of skiing at Breckenwolf every Wednesday night with a bunch of middle aged dudes who may or may not be taking nips of whiskey between runs, is that it’s really hard to wrestle with skis on.

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Chip Chase is Outdoor Legend of the Year

By Jess Daddio | 18 Jan 18
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What makes White Grass Touring Center operator Chip Chase so legendary? We went to Canaan Valley, W.Va., to find out.

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Massif Fun | Skiing the Roans

By Randy Johnson | 17 Jan 18
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Guide to nordic and downhill skiing the Roans, skiing Roan Mountain and the surrounding area.

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Riding the Iditarod

By Jess Daddio | 16 Jan 18
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Appalachia’s John Logar won the 1,000-mile Iditarod footrace in 2014. He’s headed back to the Alaskan race in 2018—this time, on his bike.

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The Up Down

By Graham Averill | 12 Jan 18
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There are no monks at the summit of Breckenwolf, but I do have a beer in my pocket, so we celebrate as more curious locals examine our gear.

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Downhill Destinations: Top 10 Ski Resorts in the Blue Ridge

By Jess Daddio | 19 Dec 17
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Looking for resort fun this winter? Check out these top downhill destinations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, along with the latest news and developments for the upcoming season.

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Zen and the Art of Southern Skiing 

By Graham Averill | 15 Dec 17
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Eventually, if you ski consistently enough, you come to a Zen-like sense of understanding that there really aren’t any bad days on the hill. Because you’re skiing in the South. And that alone is a kind of miracle.

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The Secrets of Snowmaking

By Jess Daddio | 06 Dec 17
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How are resorts that rely on snowmaking coping with the pressure of warmer winters?

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December Freaking First

By Graham Averill | 01 Dec 17
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December freaking first and not a ski day in sight. How am I supposed to start celebrating Whiskey Wednesday without any snow?

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Winter Bucket List: 38 Must-Do Appalachian Adventures

By Jess Daddio | 16 Nov 17
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The outdoors in winter offers clearer skies, better views, and quieter trails. We’ve sourced 38 of the best winter adventures across nine different states to keep your outdoor mojo intact till spring.

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Early Season Snow Brings Hopes of a White Winter

By BRO Staff | 31 Oct 17
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Check out these photos of some rare early season snow in West Virginia and North Carolina.

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Jeremy Jones: An Open Letter to Republicans on Climate Change

By Doug Schnitzspahn | 24 Apr 17
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The Republican leadership, the people sworn to serve your best interests, are ignoring you and trying to kill the modest progress America has made in moving toward a cleaner and more prosperous economy.

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Almost Heaven

By Graham Averill | 24 Feb 17
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My kids are only eight, but they understand that there are no friends on powder days, and it’s okay to miss work or school if you can get solid turns in.

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