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I haven't left the state of Florida since February 2020, but that's about to change as I'm taking my oldest daughter skiing for her first time.

As a kid, I'd go skiing all the time.  But I haven't gone skiing at all since I think high school, or maybe college. So it has been about two decades since the last time I hit the slopes.

Earlier this winter I had looked at going skiing up in Vermont, but quarantine rules make that kind of trip impossible.

Then, I saw a Facebook post from @AnnetteJackson's family of a ski mountain in the western hills of North Carolina and I knew I had a chance!

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After doing some research, we're going to take the 10 hour drive up to Beech Mountain, which is outside the thriving metropolis of Boone, North Carolina (less than 2 hours from Asheville).

We're going to do a long weekend over President's Day weekend, since my daughter gets 1 day off of school and I convinced my wife to let me pull her out of school for one day before the weekend begins.

I managed to find a ski condo about 20 minutes from the mountain.  Rentals went very quickly in the days I took to decide what to do, but I think for us it will work quite well.

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I also spent a lot of my credit card points on Amazon purchases for the necessary cold weather clothing we need.

I was also able to rent our equipment and get lift tickets via the Beech Mountain website.

The only thing left are lessons, which are available in person on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the lesson. I guess we will be getting up early to lock in those.

My hope is my daughter will enjoy skiing as much as I did at her age, while also hoping I remember how to ski. It can't be that hard to remember how to do things, right?

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Besides injuring myself in a classic case of "Matt, you're not 20 years old anymore", I'm also slightly concerned my daughter will find the cold and windy temperatures too much and want to stop.

Plan is to go after school next week and stop half way in South Carolina, and then get to the mountain the next day.

Basic approach should be:

  • Thursday: Start drive up
  • Friday: Arrive at mountain. Check-in, get equipment, provisions, etc
  • Saturday: Ski!
  • Sunday: Ski!
  • Monday: Drive home bright and early
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I haven't left the state of Florida since February 2020, but that's about to change as I'm taking my oldest daughter skiing for her first time. As a kid, I'd go skiing all the time.  But I haven'

What a day! We got an early start on the day, waking up at 6:45 so we could be at the mountain by 8.    We rolled in right on time and there was already a giant line for private lessons.  

The line to get our rental took a while, maybe 45 mins or so. But we had plenty of time.    They processed us fairly quickly and we were on our way.  

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This is awesome!!   I bet the two of you have a blast.

I loved skiing throughout my 20s and into my 30s, but I never went as much as I wanted...despite living for three years off the access road to Saddleback Mountain in Maine (and 30-40 minutes from Sugarloaf Mountain).   Because I didn't ski frequently, I had a few hours of great skiing once my leg muscles warmed up...then they started getting tired and I would fall a lot.

At 40, I had a successful back surgery and decided the risk wasn't worth the reward anymore.

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On 2/3/2021 at 2:15 PM, SpeedNoodles said:

I took skiing lessons once.  I never did learn how to slow myself down and stop.  The only way I could ever stop was by running into the snow fence at the bottom of the hill. To be honest, it did work.

Have a blast!

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While I don't think that will be a problem for me, hoping my daughter figures that part out!

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22 hours ago, rjac said:

I don't see anything about a drink package being offered. I think you're DEFINITELY going to need one based on when the last time you went skiing

Gonna have to stock the condo fridge!

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Ok, let this be the point where I document that I am not the first one to start a “not a cruise blog”.  So if I decide to do a “cruise snob heads to the mountains” blog eventually, it will be because our fearless leader did it first. 😜

Anyway, I cannot wait to see what fun happens from this! Father/daughter time is precious. One day she will turn into a teenager and you look back on this and cherish it. Enjoy!!

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12 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

So if I decide to do a “cruise snob heads to the mountains” blog eventually, it will be because our fearless leader did it first. 😜

Just as long as you don't start the live blog many weeks in advance, which you started doing first.

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36 minutes ago, Matt said:

Just as long as you don't start the live blog many weeks in advance, which you started doing first.

I recall a post by our very own "Mr. Bot" aka @twangster where it was documented that you started it first. 😜

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Weather forecast so far looks favorable for snow.

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I'm always leery of forecasts a week away or more, but one issue I've been paranoid of when going to NC to ski is it becoming too warm to ski.  

Looks like we might even see some falling snow the day we arrive.  And it will be sufficiently cold too!

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Weather forecast has changed every day. Now it's snow Saturday and some kind of frozen precipitation on Friday

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FWIW, this forecast is for the town of Boone, and weather on the mountain could be different. I just want it to be below freezing so we're not rained on.

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