In January, two area ski slopes will provide opportunities to hit the slopes – on snowshoes.
On Jan. 12, Sugar Mountain Resort will host its National Winter Trails Day; the same day, Beech Mountain welcomes competitors from across the state to the N.C. State Snowshoe Championships.
Sugar Mountain hosts “National Winter Trails Day - Winter Feels Good”
The 18th annual National Winter Trails Day will be held at Sugar Mountain Resort from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan 12. The event offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing for FREE. Discover the fun and fitness of snowsports. Guided tours are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The program includes a one hour tour and snowshoe rental. Adult tours are for 12 years or older. Children’s tours are for 8-11 years old. Sign up at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time at the Ski/Snowboard School.
Sugar Mountain Resort, 1009 Sugar Mountain Dr., Banner Elk, NC, 28604
To learn more visit skisugar.com or call 828-898-4521.
North Carolina Championship Snowshoe Race
Beech Mountain is proud to announce that it will play host to the 2013 N.C. State Championship Snowshoe Race at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. This is a sanctioned race and will serve as a National Qualifier for the 2013 Dion National Championships to be held in Bend, Ore. on March 15-17, 2013. The race will be held with or without snow in the beautiful Emerald Outback on Beech Mountain. This unique trail system boasts a wide range of trail difficulty, a fantastic blend of single and double track trails and gravel roads, and gorgeous long range views, all nestled above 4,700 feet in elevation, making it the highest adventure trail park on the east coast.
If Mother Nature does not supply snow, the race will go on. It will be held as a winter trail run, if trail conditions permit. A minimum of six inches of natural snowfall are required for snowshoes to be utilized safely. There will be limited snowshoes available for demo only, so participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own snowshoes or arrange for rentals prior to race weekend.
Beech Mountain Resort, 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC, 28604
To learn more visit www.beechrecreation.org or call 828-387-3003.