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

Beech Mountain offers Free Sledding Hill

Winter has arrived in the High Country. Snow is magical as it can bring so much happiness to kids of all ages. Yes, parents included.

We encourage you to pack up your snow attire and grab the sleds for a fun family adventure at Beech Mountain’s free youth sledding hill.

Beech Mtn Sledding Hill
This sledding hill attracts people from all over the Southeast. We are lucky to have it in our backyard for free of charge for children 12 and under. Adults are allowed to sled with their small children. The hill is situated right beside the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce. The average snowfall is around 90 inches of snow during winter, but there is also a snow gun located on the hill to keep conditions great for all the guests.

All families need to bring their own plastic sleds. You do have the option to purchase a sled at the store beside the sledding hill. Great family music is playing on a loud speaker and hot chocolate is available for purchase. The hill is open seven-days a week (weather permitting) with safety personnel on duty at all times.

“We provide real-time updates from the sledding hill,” says Beech Mountain tourism director Kate Gavenus. “All we have to do is look out the window.”

Beech Mountain Sledding Hill
As stated on BeechMtn.com, parking is available across the street near the Brick Oven Pizzeria, while restrooms are available in the Chamber/Visitors Center. People are encouraged to call (800) 468-5506 for hours of operation and to receive live updates on sledding conditions.

What are you waiting for? Go have some family fun in the snow.

*Photos Courtesy of BeechMtn.com

Let’s Celebrate Easter: 2017 High Country Family Easter Events

Easter is arriving soon. There are lots of fun family events in and around the High Country. Check out the great events! Boone NC Easter Egg Hunt

April 8: Easter Egg Festival & Hunt at Memorial Park in Blowing Rock. Annual fun for kids & families! Games and Activities start at 10:00am. Egg hunt is at 11:00am.

April 8: Easter Egg Hunt in Banner Elk

Easter Egg Hunt and Children’s Activities on the lawn at the Historic Banner Elk School

Enjoy music, face-painting and meet the Easter Bunny!

9:30-10:30 Dye eggs at the Banner Elk Cafe

10:30- Story time at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

11:00- Egg Hunt!

April 8: The Annual Downtown Boone Easter Eggstravaganza (2:00pm-4:00pm)

Join the Downtown Boone Development Association and the Watauga County Public Library as they celebrate spring time and Easter with the annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Saturday, April 8 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

The Annual Downtown Boone Easter Eggstravaganza is a fun, family-friendly event for the whole family the Saturday before Easter weekend. The Town of Boone, the Watauga County Library, and the Downtown Boone Development Association together provide arts & crafts, games, and an exciting Easter Egg hunt for children ages 0 -12.

The fun starts at 2 p.m. at the Watauga Co. Library located on Queen St. in downtown Boone. Children then “parade” down to the Jones House Community Center, just a hop and a skip away from the library, for more games and an Easter Egg hunt. Free refreshments, prizes, and games are provided.

April 15: Beech Mountain’s Hoppy Easter Party 10:00am – 12:00pm Join Buckeye Recreation Center for an EGG-straordinary party and egg hunt.  We will be offering a small breakfast, games, activities, and of course a visit from Peter Cottontail.  Please RSVP 828-387-3003.  Any questions please call.

 

Grandfather Mountain Announces Dollar Days for April 2016

Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days 2016

Spring is right around the corner and that means it is time for Dollar Days at Grandfather Mountain.

Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

Pack a picnic or order food from Mildred’s Grill and make precious family memories.

Snow Day Child Care Options in the High Country

Winter weather is finally making a return here in the High Country. Snow can bring a mixed of emotions to parents. It helps you feel like a child again, but it can also bring worries for what to do with your children when school is closed.

Snow Day Options Boone NC

Here are options in and around the High Country:

1- Snow Days at Chick-fil-A

In the event that school is cancelled due to snow; Chick-fil-A will have tables set up with games, coloring books and books to read. Also, kids will get one free hot cocoa with whip cream while they are there. Parents can call the store at 828-264-4660 to find out more details.

2- Snow Day Camp at Chetola Resort

Chetola Resort has created a snow day camp for children ages 4 to 12.

Cost: Full-Day – 10:00am to 5:30pm $35 per day ($30 for additional sibling)
Half-Day $20 per day (10am-2:30pm OR 1-5:30pm)

Children will enjoy:

– Fitness Activities
– Pool Time
– Crafts & Games
– Healthy Snacks

Campers must bring lunches and bathing suits.

To Register: Call Chetola Recreation Department Center at 295-5535 either prior to or on the snow day. If it is before 7am or after 8pm, leave the name and age of the child(ren) to automatically register.

3- Watauga County Schools Snow Day Program at Hardin Park

The Holiday/Work Day/Snow Day program is licensed as a school-age child care program by the NC Division of Child Development and offers supervised educational, recreational, and enrichment activities. The program operates 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for Watauga County Schools students in grades K-5 at Hardin Park  elementary school on some holidays, teacher work days, or when schools are closed due to inclement weather.

Fees for each child are $17.00 per day.  Since we must hire and pay staff based on expected attendance, fees are charged for each day a child is registered to attend, including absences. All children registered for the program must pay for all snow days that the program operates during the time they are registered whether the child attends or not. The days listed on the registration are the only optional days.

Click on “Holiday/Work Day/Snow Day Registration” link below under “Parent Links” at Watauga County Schools website. You will be contacted by e-mail to attend a policy class after your registration is submitted. If you are not contacted, please attend one of the session times below or contact the site director.

4- The Williams YMCA of Avery County

Williams YMCA of Avery County Snow Camp When Avery County Schools are closed due to inclement weather the Williams YMCA will be opening the doors of the YMCA for all K-6th grade students. Daily activities will consist of craft time, active and quite games, sports, outdoor play, swimming, and tutoring time.

Parents will be asked to transport children to Williams YMCA for drop off and pickup.

Children will need to bring; bag lunch, individual snack, outside clothes, homework, bathing suit and towel.

Cost- $25 per day
When: December 1, 2015—February 29, 2016
Time: 7:30-5:30
For more information contact Jenn Roark:
828.737.5500 ext 311

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

DisneyPlanesActivityBook

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.

 

Free Guided Hikes at Beech Mountain this Winter

The hikes range in length from 1.6 miles to 2 miles and take place on the mountain’s designated trails. Each session is led by a guide who is familiar with the trail, as well as the foliage and fauna unique to Beech Mountain.

The next hike is set for Friday, Nov. 27, on the Wild Iris Trail. After that, the remaining hikes take place on Tuesdays, 100_6861including:

  • Dec. 1 (Grass Gap Creek Trail)
  • Dec. 29 (Shawneehaw Overlook Trail)
  • Jan. 5 (Red Fox/Arrowhead Loop Trail)
  • Feb. 2 (Sassafras Trail)
  • March 2 (Smoketree Trail)

Each hike begins promptly at 9 a.m. and there is no cost to participate. Hikers are required to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and dogs are not
allowed.

For more information, visit www.HikeBeechMountain.com or call (828) 387-3003..

weekend events March 20-22

Hi everybody!  My wish for spring seems to be coming true! 🙂 The weekend forecast looks great , if a little chilly.  At least we are set to be done with this overcast, rainy weather for a while… So, while I know we will all be out enjoying the sunshine, here are a few activities (indoor and outdoor) going on in the High Country this weekend.

Fun and games outside without leaving the house (even though you still need a light jacket):

Play Catch!  We have some great velcro mitts with tennis balls that the girls can use to prevent chasing the ball down the road (or down our tracherous hill) millions of times a day.  Love them!

Jump Rope – Cinderella, dressed in yella’, went upstairs to kiss her fella’… jumping rope is always more fun with a song!

Blow bubbles… those cheap little bubble kits with all of the fun bubble instruments make for HOURS of entertainment at our house.  One of our faves is the little plastic tennis rackets used for bubble chasing!

bubbles

“Science” – give the kids an old mixing bowl, some water, and non-toxic ingredients (dish detergent, cornstarch, etc) that don’t react poorly chemically, and let them make their own “experiments” in the yard.  Learning is much more fun when it is messy!!

And don’t forget the old standby – HOPSCOTCH!  If you don’t have any sidewalk chalk laying around, grab some next time you’re in the Dollar Store – it’s amazing how long throwing a rock and jumping around will hold kids’ attention.

ON TO EVENTS…

Saturday, March 21 – Community African Arts Festival at Living Water Christian Fellowship 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – located across from the Wellness Center, near Boone Bowl, Living Water is hosting this festival, complete with kids’ activities, music, food, fun, and arts/crafts sales to raise money for a service and mission trip to Uganda!  Thanks to fellow momsquad contributor Tiffany Christian for sharing this awesome event!

Also on Saturday the 21st – Avery County Community Day 11:00 am – 2:00 pm  at the Old Cranberry High School – Door prizes, games, activities, vendors, music, and food, along with a WAMY yard sale!  First 300 local kids get a free goody bag!  More info – 828-737-0057

Wee Cycle will be having a HUGE 1/2 price event on Saturday March 21! Be sure to go in and get your last-minute steals!

Sunday, March 22 – Easter Egg Hunt on Sugar Mountain – 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt on the slopes at 9:00 am.  One golden egg contains a season pass for ’09-10, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!  Kids 12 and under only – everyone receives a free ice skating pass for next season.  Sounds like a good time! 828-898-4521

Life is Beautiful is one of the most inspiring movies of our time, and is showing for FREE at the Greenriar Theater in the ASU Sudent Union Sunday, March 22 @2:00 pm. The movie is rated PG-13, for strong thematic elements related to the holocaust, so only you know if your child is mature enough to handle the emotion and reality tied to this film.

Nostalgic Disney fan?  Race to Witch Mountain is showing at Regal – Have you seen it?  I’d love to hear how it is!

What are you doing this weekend?  Please comment and let us know of other exciting events or fun spring ideas!!

Amy.