Ski Capital of NC

Boone Travel Blog

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Now, we head further north through the Blue Ridge Mounains to Watuga County. Boone is yet another small town tucked away in the mountains. It is much larger than Murphy with well over 10,000 people (people are probably saying...you think that's big???) but smaller than Asheville. It was named after the famous pioneer Daniel Boone who supposedly set up camp in this area. There is an outside dramatization of the life and times of Daniel called "Horn in the West" which personally I thought was rather boring but if you are interested in Daniel Boone then it's probably the place for you.

North Carolina is covered with universities and schools...71 public college and universities plus over 40 private institutions. Not sure, but this has to be the state with the most universities or at least close. Anyway, Appalachian State is here in Boone making it a large college town with lots of college kids...and well all know what that leads to. Mascot...a very fitting one...the Mountaineers.

So what is Boone's claim to fame you ask? That would be its snow. During the winter, it is always snowing and very few days go by without snow on the ground. Of course, this could be changing because of the ugly climate change problem we are having but thats another discussion for another time :) Anyway, a blizzard is not unlikely in this area.  This place has the best skiing and snowboarding in North Carolina, well in my opinion anyway. Appalachian Ski Mountain is acutally located in Blowing Rock but the nearest town that people would actually know would be Boone. It is still in the same area, but honestly, has anyone ever heard of Blowing Rock??? Anyway, if you love skiing then you should check out this area. It has a little of something for all types of snow lovers including an ice skating rink :)

During the summer, Boone is usually a lot cooler than the other areas in the mountains and way less humid. However, there isn't much to do in the summer. Random fact---there isn't any water in Boone and by water I mean lakes, rivers, etc. You'll have to venture outside of this place to partake in water sports.  However,  because it is cooler than other places in the summer then it makes a good retreat in the mountains for a relaxing vacation.
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