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High Country Living: Peak season runs all year long at Blue Ridge Mountain Club

Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season in the North Carolina High Country ushers in its own magical charms: the budding growth of April wild flowers, the lush verdant greenery of July, the multi-hued spectacle of October, and the soft snow-blanketed beauty of January. Every thing is better up here, no matter what the season. The air is fresher. The sky is bluer. And the water a little clearer. To behold the mist on a fall morning, or the iridescent glow of a summer sunset, or the hushed whisper of a winter snowfall, is to connect with nature as it was intended. Indeed, there’s non-stop splendor in these majestic, ancient mountains, and it beckons visitors to take heed and come visit: soon and often. As an astute turn-of-the-century explorer once said: “perfection is an everyday occurrence in these tall hills.”

Community at its peak

Blue Ridge Mountain Club (BRMC) resides in the very heart of the High Country, just a stone’s throw from a gorgeous stretch of road on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and perfectly balanced between the charming mountain retreat of Blowing Rock and the eclectic college town of Boone. It’s as if Mother Nature has personally ordained these 6,000+ acres at BRMC as the finest, most sought after in all of Western North Carolina. It is the perfect weekend getaway for residents of nearby Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, NC and Greenville, SC. Such was the inspiration and thinking behind The Peaks at Watson Gap—a premier condominium neighborhood being built at BRMC. “The Peaks will be a true lock-and-leave retreat,” says Reggie Bray, BRMC’s Director of Marketing & Sales. “It’s for families who want to come spur of the moment and enjoy a convenient mountain getaway with a true sense of community.”

A short drive to heightened living experience

There are two key features that separate Blue Ridge Mountain Club from other luxury communities in the High Country: 1) the picturesque location along a prime ridgeline, and 2) the authentic sense of community, both within the gates and without, in the town of Blowing Rock. Best of all, its proximity to the dynamic metropolitan cities in the Carolinas makes it an ideal weekend retreat for busy, working families, such as the Dupuy family from Charlotte. “Susannah and I have full schedules at work and home,” says John Dupuy. “And we have two young children immersed in school, sports, and various activities. We wanted a family retreat that was a short drive away so we could make soccer games on Saturday mornings, and still have time to escape for the weekend. Blue Ridge Mountain Club gives us the best of both worlds.”

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The Winter Resort Schedule

Winter is fast upon us. And for many, especially families who enjoy skiing, tubing, or snow boarding, it’s the most magical time of year in the High Country. The combination of ideal climate, optimal altitude, and scenic Appalachian slopes makes for some of the most exhilarating, thrilling and family-centered skiing in the country. Visitors and locals have a number of top-notch resorts to choose from.

Sugar Mountain Resort

  • Located in Banner Elk
  • 115 skiable acres
  • Multiple lift options (including the two longest in NC)
  • Can lift-transport up to 8,800 skiers an hour
  • Features 20 slopes and trails, 4 tubing runs
  • Has a vertical drop of 1,200 feet
  • Features skiing, tubing and ice skating
  • Snowmaking capability
  • Rental equipment

Beech Mountain, North Carolina

  • Located 10 miles north of Sugar
  • The highest town in Eastern America: elevation 5,500 feet
  • Vertical rise 830 feet
  • Averages 84.6 inches of snow a season
  • Has 15 slopes, 10 lifts
  • Can lift-transport 9,300 skiers per hour
  • Features skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and après ski
  • Offers skiing and snowboarding lessons
  • Summer activities include mountain biking, disc golf, scenic lift rides
  • Snowmaking capability

Appalachian Ski Mountain

  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • The High Country’s first official ski area (opened in 1962)
  • Features 12 ski slopes and multiple lifts
  • Longest run is ½ mile
  • Offers 3 terrain parks, 450 Snowboard rentals
  • Indoor Ice Arena
  • Has 46,000-square foot Bavarian-style lodge
  • Children’s programs available
  • Home to French Swiss Ski College, the Southeast’s largest independent Ski School

Come be our guest at Blue Ridge Mountain Club To learn more about the living experience at The Peaks at Watson Gap please call us at 828.295.8667, or schedule a visit.