April skiing is generally reserved for large Western resorts where higher elevations and late season snowfalls enable some to stay open well into spring. Appalachian Mountain in North Carolina is giving them a run for their money by staying open though April 11, a week after Easter.
This will be the longest season on record for Appalachian if all goes as planned. The resort opened Nov. 20 and it will log more than 140 days of operation this year. The resort will continue to make snow during its final week.
"We have the greatest capacity to make snow per acre in the Southeast," said General Manager Brad Moretz. "We recognize that Easter is an important family holiday and want to accommodate vacationing families throughout the region."
Moretz has a big Easter celebration planned Saturday, April 3. About 1,000 Easter eggs will be hidden on and around Strudel, an intermediate trail for skiers and riders ages 6 - 12 to find. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. Another egg hunt for children five years of age and younger begins at 11:30 a.m. near the Ice Arena. Participants 12 years of age and older can try for prizes in the raw egg toss at 2 p.m. Prizes for the longest toss and the "biggest splash" will be offered.
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