Friday, January 27, 2017

NC Ski Slopes OPEN despite Persistent warm weather

Slope conditions and updates as of January 27, 2017:

Appalachian Ski Mountain is  OPEN  for the 2016-17 Season Skiing 9 slopes with 5 lifts on a base of 12 - 30 inches.   1/28-29  USASA Skier/Boarder X;  2/1 - Appalachian Cup Series;  2/4 - Burton Riglet Park Tour;   2/5, 3/5 - $10 Sunday Nights (half night)

Beech Mountain Ski Resort is OPEN for the 2016-17 Season 
Skiing on 8 slopes with 5 lifts on a base of 12 - 26 inches. Tubing is currently closed, ice skating is open.  2/4-12  College Week;   2/5  USASA Southeastern Series;  2/5  Superbowl Party at The Beech Tree Bar & Grille

Beech Mountain Slopes Trail Map

Cataloochee Ski Area is  OPEN for the 2016-17 Season   
Snowmaking in progress and moving up the mountain as cold weather continues  Skiing on 4 slopes with 2 lifts on a base of 8-12 . Tube World is open.   1/26-27  Military Appreciation Weekend;  2/2-3  Law Enforcement Appreciation Days

Sapphire Valley Ski Area is   OPEN for the 2016-17 Season   
 Call 828-743-7663 for the latest information on slope conditions, open trails and the Frozen Falls Tube Park.

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort  is OPEN for the 2016-17 Season   
Skiing on 7 slopes with 4 lifts on a base of 12 - 36 inches. Skating and Tubing are open. 2/5  High Country Junior Race Series Giant Slalom;  2/19  High Country Junior Race Series Giant Slalom

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort  is OPEN for the 2016-17 Season    
Skiing on 4 slopes with 3 lifts on a base of 20 inches.  Tubing open. 
Appalachian Ski Mountain

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Blue Ridge Music Center Winter Music Series

February 5 at 6 PM - Winter Concert,  The Blue Ridge Music Center : Art + Sound. For this concert The Blue Ridge Music Center will be working with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. $18 advance general admission, $28 VIP (reserve seating & letterpress poster) or $23 door, $33 VIP. Held at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC.

Lonnie Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, manifest in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. 

For Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee, music and activism often intertwine. He has toured by bicycle, spoken about sustainability at festivals, and worked on a collaborative album to bring awareness about mountain top removal strip mining in Appalachia. With it all, his musicianship shines through. The New York Times wrote Sollee's "...meticulous, fluent arrangements continually morphed from one thing to another. Appalachian mountain music gave way to the blues, and one song was appended with a fragment from a Bach cello suite, beautifully played."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

National Parks Foundation to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

The National Park Foundation is gearing up to celebrate another milestone in 2017 – their 50th anniversary! For the last half century, park lovers have been working at The Foundation to ensure America’s special places remain vibrant, relevant, and protected for future generations. In honor of this special birthday, NPF has collected some of the favorite park stories from their staff.  Read all about these favorite places and experiences here.

2016 was a great year for the National Park Foundation and our national parks. Through grants of over $32 million, The Foundation helped protect these special places, were able to connect new audiences to these incredible places, created opportunities to inspire the next generation of national park supporters, and celebrated the centennial of the National Park Service. Also in 2016, NPF added several new sites to the National Park System including Stonewall National Monument and Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. The Foundation continued to support and expand the Every Kid in a Park initiative to 9 focus cities and also supported 21st Century Conservation Service Corps at several parks in 2016. The National Park Foundation is proud of everything they accomplished in 2016 and very excited for all the great things to come in 2017, including celebrating NPF’s semi-centennial. Read more about the impact in 2016 on The National Park Foundation blog.

Winter is a great time to visit a National Park - just check the website for road closures due to inclement weather.  Fewer visitors and exquisite scenery make this season a stunning and peaceful time to escape into national parks.

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