Appalachian is a ski area located in the state of North Carolina in USA. The resort is in the town of Blowing Rock, NC.
Appalachian is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes work with Appalachian. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Appalachian's website.
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Appalachian Terrain Overview
Appalachian has a total of 9 ski trails, which are serviced by 6 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Appalachian is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 27 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 11 hectares, 0.0 square miles, or 0.1 square kilometers.
Appalachian's slopes see on average 31 inches (0.8 meters) of snowfall a year.
Appalachian has a summit elevation of 4,000 feet, or 1,219 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 3,635 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 365 feet (111 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
Appalachian's summit elevation is about average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are quite a bit higher, but also many that are much, much smaller.
Appalachian Difficulty Level
35.5out of 100
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Appalachian has 27 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Appalachian is a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 33% of its trails as easy. However, it also has a fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 67%.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Appalachian good for beginners?
Appalachian can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 67% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Appalachian is located in the state of North Carolina, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Blowing Rock, NC.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605 USA
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Getting to Appalachian
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Appalachian), its coordinates of 36.17500, -81.66500 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Blowing Rock, NC to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Appalachian.
|Charlotte Douglas International Airport||CLT||Charlotte, NC||78 mi|
|Raleigh-Durham International Airport||RDU||Raleigh/Durham, NC||162 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Appalachian.
|Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA Airport||TRI||Bristol/Johnson/Kingsport, TN||46 mi|
|Asheville Regional Airport||AVL||Asheville, NC||71 mi|
|Concord-Padgett Regional Airport||USA||Concord, NC||76 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Appalachian, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Appalachian.
|Sugar Mountain||Banner Elk, NC||5,300 ft||34%||12 mi|
|Beech Mountain||Banner Elk, NC||5,505 ft||39%||12 mi|
|Wolf Ridge||Mars Hill, NC||4,700 ft||32%||49 mi|
|Cataloochee||Maggie Valley, NC||5,400 ft||29%||88 mi|
Appalachian Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||4,000 ft|
|Base Elevation||3,635 ft|
|Vertical Drop||365 ft|
(33% Beginner, 33% Intermediate, 34% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||31 inches|