Deals on Snow Days at Area Ski Resorts for Students and Teachers

When school closes and you have the proper transportation, you may want to take advantage of the great deals at the area ski resorts.

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Appalachian Ski Mtn. offers special Snow Day rates to students, teachers and staff of all public and private preschools, elementary schools, and high schools when schools are canceled or released early due to snow or inclement weather. Snow Day rates apply to schools in Watauga County and the following adjacent counties: Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Johnson (TN), and Wilkes.

Use code SNOWDAY2020 to activate this special rate for a Flex Ticket, or LOCALSNOW2020 to activate the 9am-5pm ticket on our Online Reservations Platform. Pricing will be reflected on final cart review page of checkout.

 Ski Ticket (9am – 5pm) — $8
8-Hour Flex Ticket  – $10
Ski Rental Package*  — $6
Shape Ski Rental Package*— $10
Standard Snowboard Rental Package*— $15
Burton Learn-To-Ride Snowboard Package*— $18
Ice Skating Package*— $10

If school is rescheduled for Saturday attendance or rescheduled on a Holiday, and canceled due to snow, Snow Day rates do not apply. Snow Day rates apply to tickets and equipment rental sold between 8:30am and 4:00pm. Snow Day rates are not sold for night sessions.

College students are only eligible for the Regional Snow Day Flex Ticket when classes are cancelled for winter weather. Regular rental rates apply to college students.

Students should present a report card or other school ID from one of the listed counties. Teachers and Staff should present a pay stub or other employment identification. Home-school students may present a home-school authorization letter from the NC Department of Non-Public Education along with a parent’s driver’s license confirming the specific county residency. Home-school teachers do not qualify for Snow Day rates.

*Package includes helmet

Sugar Mountain Resort 

Special pricing available to K-12 students and teachers on days that school is cancelled due to winter weather. Pricing available to Ashe, Avery, Mitchell & Watauga counties in North Carolina and Carter & Johnson counties in Tennessee.

College students do not qualify for this special pricing but should refer to the College Discounts page for applicable discounts that may be available for them.

K-12 Student and Teacher Snow Day Pricing
Full Day or Half Slope/Lift Ticket 17
Ski Rentals 10
Snowboard Rentals 21 (deposit required)
Sugar Bear Ski School 58 (Full Day) or 45 (Half Day)
Polar Bear Snowboard School 96 (Full Day) or 58 (Half Day)
Ice Skating 10

High Country Boone NC Corn Maze Locations

Looking for a fun activity to do with your family this fall? Check out these great corn maze locations that are for sure to bring a lot of laughter and fun for your family.

Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Harvest Farm Corn Maze

When: September 21  – October (Date TBD)
Thursdays 11am – 6pm
Fridays 11am -10pm
Saturdays 10am – 10pm
Sundays 1pm – 6pm

The theme this year is “Believe in Someone” and the corn maze is Sasquatch!

Where: 3287 NC 194, Valle Crucis, NC 28691

Rates: ages 13 & up: $12
ages 4 – 12: $7
ages 3 & under: Free
• $1 discount for seniors, military
• Children 12 & under must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian
• For questions or concerns please call 828-260-0765 or visit http://www.harvestfarmllc.com/homepage.shtml.

New River Corn Maze

When: September 13 – October
Friday and Saturday 10 – dark and Sunday 1 – dark.

Where: 660 Laurel Gap Ridge Boone, NC 28607

Rates: Corn Maze
$7.00 Adults
$5.00 Students/Kids
Kids age 5 and under FREE

Tram Ride
$7.00 Adults
$5.00 Students/Kids
Kids age 5 and under FREE

Combo Ticket (Maze & Ride)
$10.00/person
Student/Kid discount does not apply
Kids age 5 and under FREE

Pumpkins are priced by size

For questions or concerns please visit website.

Ashe County Corn Maze

When: September 27 – November 1

Friday – 3:00pm -9:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am -9:00pm
Sunday – 1:00pm -7:00pm

Where: 644 Roy Goodman Rd. Crumpler, NC 28617

For questions or concerns please call (336) 982-6285 or visit the website.

Free Music Jam Camp on July 28

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The family can enjoy a one-day JAM camp that includes traditional music, square dancing, workshops, making a tin can banjo, and much more.

Free admission includes lunch and instruments will be available for children to play. Register by emailing rebecca@ashecountyarts.org or by calling 336-846-2787 by Wednesday, July 26.

August 8-10 High Country Weekend Family Events

Let’s see what is happening this weekend in the High Country for families! Rain is in the forecast for the weekend. It may be a great time to watch a movie.

August 8:

1. Regal Cinemas in Boone – Now showing: Planes: Fire & Rescue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Guardians of the Galaxy

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2. Free Friday Concerts on the Lawn at the Jones House – Starting at 5:00pm:
Never Too Late Bluegrass and Williams & Company

3. The “Music in the Valle” concert series at Valle Crucis Community Park – Admission is free, but a $5 donation per person is recommended to the privately funded, 501(c)3 nonprofit park. Bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic, as food is not usually available for sale. The Worthless Son-in-Laws will be performing.

4. “Horn in the West” Outdoor Drama – Loved by all ages, “Horn in the West” is performed in the heart of Boone, NC, in Daniel Boone Amphitheatre, one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. This spectacular outdoor drama tells the story of the earliest of American adventures. “Horn in the West” offers families memorable summer evening entertainment in the High Country of NC.

August 9:

1. Back 2 School Festival at Watauga High School: 10am – 3pm Presented by, Footsloggers: Helping Kids Start School Feeling Confident and Prepared! Fun Activities and Information, Backpacks, School Supplies, Haircuts, and More!
Come get into the school spirit and get prepared for the awesome school year ahead! Watauga County Residents Only, please.

2. Lowe’s Build & Grow Monsters vs Aliens Trolley, 10:00 AM.

The summer’s almost over! Bring your kid into Lowe’s to build a Trolley inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs Aliens.

3. Fun Dough Craft Bug at Michael’s Craft Store: 10am – 2pm Be a social bug this summer! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them!

4. Riders in the Sky at – Tweetsie Railroad: Captivating audiences of all ages since 1977, the multi Grammy award-winning quartet is an event not to be missed. America¹s Favorite Cowboys fill the Blue Ridge Mountain air with sweet sounds by providing a rich blend of Western harmony and humor. A true Old West experience!

5. Turchin Center – Mixing It Up: Kids, Art and Books Workshop: Using different mediums like collage, painting and sculpture, kids will study images from popular children’s books to complete an art project.

All supplies for this workshop are included.

About the Instructor

Judy Robbins has a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina and has taught Kindergarten through 4th grade in both Florida and North Carolina.

Email turchincenter@appstate.edu, call (828) 262-3017 or stop by the front desk to register for any Turchin Center workshop.

6. Regal Cinemas in Boone – Now showing: Planes: Fire & Rescue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Guardians of the Galaxy

DisneyPlanesActivityBook

7. Beanstalk Community Theatre presents “Disney’s Aladdin, Jr” August 9 at 2:00 PM at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue, 247 Boone Heights Dr (between Boone Bowling Alley and Goodwill)

This is the classic tale of Aladdin and Jasmine and their adventures in Agrabah. Other favorite characters include Genie, Jafar, Iago, Sultan, and many more! With classic songs like “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World,” you’re sure to fall in love with this incredible show!

8. Honey Bear Campground Family Movie Night – Come enjoy the Disney classic, “Home on the Range” with us this Saturday night! The movie begins at dusk. Only $5 per car for parking.

9. “Horn in the West” Outdoor Drama – Loved by all ages, “Horn in the West” is performed in the heart of Boone, NC, in Daniel Boone Amphitheatre, one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. This spectacular outdoor drama tells the story of the earliest of American adventures. “Horn in the West” offers families memorable summer evening entertainment in the High Country of NC.

August 10:

1. Riders in the Sky at – Tweetsie Railroad: Captivating audiences of all ages since 1977, the multi Grammy award-winning quartet is an event not to be missed. America¹s Favorite Cowboys fill the Blue Ridge Mountain air with sweet sounds by providing a rich blend of Western harmony and humor. A true Old West experience!

2. Regal Cinemas in Boone – Now showing: Planes: Fire & Rescue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Guardians of the Galaxy

DisneyPlanesActivityBook

3. “Horn in the West” Outdoor Drama – Loved by all ages, “Horn in the West” is performed in the heart of Boone, NC, in Daniel Boone Amphitheatre, one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. This spectacular outdoor drama tells the story of the earliest of American adventures. “Horn in the West” offers families memorable summer evening entertainment in the High Country of NC.

 

“Daddywagon” writes: FREE Summer activities in the High Country

A dear friend and teacher here in the High Country, Christ Watson writes a blog called “Daddy Wagon.”   I always look forward to what he writes. He has such a casual, humorous style, while touching on deep issues related to life and parenting.

I just had to share this post, with some fun, free summer frolicking right over in Ashe County!

Free Swimming in new riverAh, the teacher’s summer. No working…Just relaxing, sleeping in, and losing track of what day or time it is. Not to mention all that free time for trips to the beach, Disney World, and the Caribbean. Right? …Wrong! As it turns out, a lot of teachers have to go to workshops, meetings, and a few more meetings. In addition, teachers (especially the single parent types) have rather small household incomes…Never the less…I believe (and I’d say my kiddies would agree) this summer has kicked butt so far. Why? Because I’ve discovered the best kept secret in the High Country: Railroad Grade Road in Fleetwood, NC. Here’s my short list of some favorite, FREE family activities.

1. Play in the shallow, pristine New River! Sure the pool is great…but who wants to swim indoors on a 90 degree day? Our only outdoor option is a glorified baby pool with one diving board, a McDonald’s style plastic slide, and some fountains. It’s a nice pool…but way too small. So…..we go for the free, less crowded, absolutely gorgeous New River. The access spot that we use is located just south of the Fleetwood post office where Railroad Grade Road and Liberty Grove Church Road are joined by a low-level bridge.

Click here to read more about Chris’ family adventures, and how to find your own.

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(NEW DATES) Ashe Kids’ Market Children’s Consignment Sale

A few weeks ago, we told you about the Ashe Kids Market Consignment Sale. We’ve gotten word that, due to impending bad weather this week, they are moving Ashe Kids’ Market back a week.

New Dates are: April 7th – 11th 10am – 7pm (M-F) 8am – 2pm (Sat.)

Here is all the information about the sale:

Ashe Kids’ Market Children’s Consignment Sale is partnering with Ashe County Elementary Schools, donating a portion of their sales to the county’s elementary schools!  The Kids’ Market Children’s Consignment Sale is Thursday April 7th through Saturday, April 11th , with Half Price Day on Monday, April 11th. Hours are 10am – 7pm (8am-2pm on Saturday)

Ashe Kids MarketThe Ashe Kids Market is an absolutely fabulous sale not to be missed!  This is a twice a year sale, this month is the Spring/Summer sale.  Ashe Kids’ Market gives families the opportunity to buy and sell quality items at bargain prices. It’s time to start stocking up on warm weather clothes, even if it’s not here quite yet!

Consignors will be dropping off their items March 28th – 30th. Click here for more info if you are interested in consigning. You can register here to be a consignor and/or volunteer; consignors and volunteers get to come to an exclusive pre-sale!  If you’ve consigned at previous local sales, and have items that didn’t sell, just bring your pre-tagged items to the Kids’ Market and try again with a new audience!

Everyone is invited to shop for children’s excellent condition used clothing (infant through pre-teen sizes), furnitureand bedding, Easter items, books & videos, home school resources, maternity items, equipment and toys. This sale is neat and organized and so simple to shop!

Ashe Kids’ Market is located in the Old Fleetwood School across from the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy 221 in Fleetwood, NC. CASH and CREDIT CARDS accepted!. Restocked Daily.

For more info please go to www.ashekidsmarket.com or call 336-877-8894. If you are interested in being a consignor for the Spring/Summer Sale or being put on our mailing list, email info@ashekidsmarket.com

Ashe Kids Market is a High Country Mom Squad sponsor.

Home Sweet Home Show 2010, Win Main Street Marketing Dining Cards!

The 8th Annual Home Sweet Home Show will be held at Ashe County High School on April 17, 2010 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The show attracts over 100 vendors and thousands of people each year. With door prizes estimated at over $4,000 including a Craftsman Lawnmower, this show will not disappoint from the time you walk in the door until the time you leave.

Home Show vendors include anything you need to build, renovate, finance, furnish, or clean your home. “We are also a service fair,” said Charles Bateman, from Main Street MarAshe Country Home SHowketing- organizer of the home show,  “in that other companies that are outside of the traditional home building industry will be represented, i.e — Health Drinks, Assisted Living, and many more.”

Vendors will display their products, answer any and all questions, product demonstrations, giveaways, and offer amazing one-day specials. This is a venue that is really important to Ashe County businesses, so they will be offering unheard of deals and giveaways to earn the public’s business.

“Everyone is pinching their pennies nowadays, yet many families could really benefit from the product or services offered at our show. What better way to comparison shop, than to meet the local businesses in person. Our show is a community event, now with over $7000 in door prizes,” said Charles.   This is an indoor event that is FREE to the public. You can register for a door prize for only $1, or find a door prize coupon around town. After the brutal winter, businesses are doing everything they can to survive and endure.

I asked Charles about issues one should research before coming to the home show, if they are interested in building or home improvements.  (There will be so many activities and information, even if you’re not considering building, though)  Here are some questions he suggested:

* What is my budget?
* What is most necessary for me right now?
* What is going to help increase the value of my home?
* What is going to help decrease my monthly bills, i.e. heating, cooling, etc.?
* Go more in-depth that just online comparison — many online quotes do not include labor, delivery, miscellaneous fees, etc.

Kids will be welcome. We will have a healthy variety of food for families to enjoy from Sweet and Savory Bakery. They will also have many delicious treats for sale. For those that allow it, many of the booths have giveaways, candy, and other items for kids. There will also be a real Indy car that kids can see!

Here’s a video of last year’s 2009 Home Sweet Home Show!

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GIVEAWAY!!!

Main Street Marketing, who puts the Home Show together every year, also creates the Main Street Marketing Dining Pass! With the Dining card, you can get over 150 FREE meals (with Buy One Get One deals) at restaurants throughout the region!

Watauga Dining Pass

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To help spread the word about the Home Sweet Home Show, Main Street Marketing is giving away 4 AWESOME PRIZES to Mom Squad readers!

  • Grand Prize: Full Dining Card Package: Watauga, Ashe, and Avery Card – $102 Value
  • Watauga/Avery Card – $77 Value
  • Watauga/Ashe Card – $70
  • 5 Free Door Prize Coupons for our Home Sweet Home Show Booth Prizes — We have over 25 prizes, with a retail value over $5500! Door Prize Coupons must be redeemed at the show.

Here’s how to win one of these prizes:

  • Leave a comment, sharing a question that you have/had about home improvement, maintenance or building. I’ll post an article later getting the answers to these questions!

Leave a separate comment for an EXTRA entry, if you:

This contest will run through Sunday, April 18 (to give you time to comment about the show), and is open to High Country residents and visitors 18 and older)  4 winners will be chosen by random drawing and announced by email and on our Winners Page.

Ashe Kids’ Market

In this economy, we need all the help we can get to save money, while providing all of our children’s needs! I am seeing more and more economic survival techniques, such as bartering, thrift shopping, clothes swaps, and yes… consignment sales!

When it comes to low-cost solutions for everyday life, I say, “The more, the merrier!”

Kid’s Market Children’s Consignment Sale will be coming to Ashe County this fall.

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Here are the important dates for this sale, which you can also find at www.ashekidsmarket.com. Visit the website for all the information and to contact the sale coordinator, Kristin Sevensky.

Sale Dates
Wednesday August 26th: volunteers (4-5pm) and consignors (5-7pm) private sale

Thursday August 27th: public sale 8am – 7pm

Friday August 28th: public sale 8am – 7pm

Saturday August 29th: public sale 8am – 7pm

Closed Sunday

Monday August 31st:  ½ price sale 8am – 7pm

Consignor Drop-Off Dates
Thursday, August 20th: 9am – noon; 4pm – 6pm

Friday, August 21st: 9am – noon; 4pm – 6pm

Saturday, August 22nd: 9am – noon; 4pm – 6pm

Consignor Pick Up Date: Wednesday September 2nd 4pm – 7pm.

weekend events… the fabulous 4th!

Fourth of July weekend is always perfect in the High Country.  Tourist alert, though.  It’s so much cooler up here that everyone will be popping up the mountain to enjoy our weather!

The entertainment starts in Blowing Rock on Friday, July 3rd, when street performers will be out and about from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  I’m hearing that there will be music, magic, and plenty of other things to keep the whole family occupied.

The Blowing Rock Independence Day Parade begins Saturday, July 4th at 2:00 pm.  I’d recommend getting a spot no later than 1:15 if you want to have a great view.  Be sure to wave at my little girl when she dances by with the High Country Dance Studio!

If you’re in Boone, the Fourth of July parade on King Street begins at 3:00pm.  Banner Elk’s parade begins at 11:00 am at the Lees McRae Library, and Newland’s Riverwalk Park will have a full day Celebration and parade, beginnning at 10:00 am and lasting til 5:00 pm.  Todd’s Liberty Parade and Circus begins at 11:00 am.  www.ToddNC.org Banner Elk will also host a Duck Race from 12:00 – 2:00.  $5 per ticket.

Buckeye Lake Recreation Center on Beech Mountain is hosting a free Family Day from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 4th.

Ashe County folks can enjoy the Christmas in July festival from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm with entertainment, craftsmen, and tons of food! (Admission is free)

fireworks

Looking for a fabulous fireworks display?  No worries… the High Country has you covered!

47th annual Roasting of the Hog & Fireworks, Ski Beech Resort, Beech Mountain, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., $12.oo for adults, $6 for children, 828-387-9283

Boone Fireworks display will be at the National Guard Armory, with a DJ beginning at 6:00 and fireworks at 9:00 pm.

Ashe County Park in Jefferson will have a fireworks display beginning at sunset. 336.846.9550

Blowing Rock fireworks are put on by the Blowing Rock Country Club, and if you can find a spot to park, the kids can run around on the golf course and play until they start at 9:30 pm.  Be sure to check with local businesses before you use their parking.  Generally, this involves a bit of a walk, but the fireworks are spectacular.

Tweetsie Railroad’s amazing fireworks show begins at 9:00 and parking is $5.  If you have Tweetsie passes, you can hang out there some during the day and park one car in the lot without paying, then have someone drop you off at your  car in time for the show!

Newland’s fireworks are in the Lowe’s parking lot beginning at 9:45.

Have  a safe and happy Fourth of July!  And please remember to supervise your children if you are bringing fireworks home.  I read the other day that sparklers make up a large percentage of the perpetrators for fireworks injuries in small kids.  Teach the kids about the hazards of fireworks before you set them loose!

What are you doing this weekend?

Amy.