We visited Appalachian Jan 2nd after visiting 4 other N.C. and 1 TN ski resorts. This was the most family friendly and easiest resort to visit by far!!!! The whole staff was so friendly and helpful especially the Ski shop staff - thanks for the new snowboard!! This was my kids first time skiing (Florida family) and they took right to it. The smaller hill is great to get started and the night skiing was wide open - no lines. It even snowed while we where there so life was great!! Thanks Appalachian for a great family outing and we will be back as much as possible.