[R18R, Appalachian Ski Mtn.] and App Terrain Park continue to look for ways to make its terrain parks more appealing to skiers and snowboarders. The most recent improvement is not on the mountain, but on the Internet - a new website designed to give guests "simple, quick, and easy access to all the photos, videos, news, events, and more happening at App Terrain park."

The new website was designed and directed by ATP's Chris Reynolds.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. has several substantive programs that keep parks safe and fun. The area launched a Park Pass Program this year that requires skiers and riders to take a short park safety and etiquette course in order to use Appaljack and Appal Jam parks. All park users have to watch a customized video about terrain park etiquette and safe practices. A short multiple choice test follows, along with a release waiver that must be signed by riders and parents of park riders under the age of 18.

Riders receive a picture ID and lanyard for a $5 annual fee after completing the test. A $3 one-day pass is available following the education program, for one-time park users.

The AppalTop Terrain Park and Candied Appal terrain park areas will not require a park pass. These progression parks feature smaller and lower rails, boxes, and jumps designed for beginning park users.

Another way that Appalachian keeps up interest among its park users is Fresh Fridays, where every month the area redesigns and reconstructs an entire terrain park.

More information. Or call 828-295-7828.