Ski Country Sports is birthing an offshoot bike shop adjacent to its North Asheville store. The new outlet, Asheville Bicycle Company, will occupy about 3,000 square feet at 1000 Merrimon Avenue in a space that previously housed AAA Carolinas for 15 years. When renovations are complete this spring, the shopping plaza will house “two stores […]
The Appalachians may never rival the Rockies, but outdoor enthusiasts say WNC offers more opportunities for winter adventures than many residents realize. This year local ski areas are celebrating a long list of improvements and forecasters are predicting a cold, snowy winter.
The first official day of winter isn’t until Dec. 21, but Western North Carolina has already received an abundance of cold and snowy weather this year. And if a wealth of long-range predictions comes true, the early shots of snow could be harbingers of much more to come.
Are you packing on those extra pounds after gorging on office holiday cookies and sugared paraphernalia? Are you spending your evenings hiding under your blankets and waiting for spring? Then you may be missing out on the great outdoor events Western North Carolina has to offer. We’ve rounded up some options for activities and great-outdoors clubs that will keep you moving well into the early […]
This past weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the North Carolina Grand Prix cyclocross races. Lees McRae graduate — and Banner Elk native — Kerry Werner, took the win on both days in the professional men’s race, while BethAnn Orton doubled up in the women’s professional field.
This weekend is shaping up to be spectacular in terms of weather. I know a lot of you will be tying up traffic on Tunnel Road trying to snatch up a few Christmas gifts, but there are a few things happening worth checking out. For those who were proactive enough to get their Christmas shopping done early, or if […]
Asheville native Amalia Rowan doesn’t know the first thing about dog sledding, but if her crowdsourcing plan works, she’ll be flown overseas to participate in a guided 300-kilometer expedition through Norway and Sweden next April. “I have to try new things, test myself, get dirt (or snow) under my fingernails,” reads her event application profile. Rowan’s […]
Last year, Accelerating Appalachia orchestrated the transfer of about $505,000 in investment funds toward sustainable, nature-based ventures in Western North Carolina. This year, the Asheville-based nonprofit — the region’s first social-impact business accelerator — partnered with impact investor Reinventure Capital for 2015 and recently invited businesses to submit funding applications online. Submissions for 2015 are due by […]
Taylor Taz Johnson trekked through the Himalayan mountains of South Asia with Dr. Hun Lye, the founder of Asheville’s Urban Dharma Buddhist Center. They were granted unprecedented permission to photograph inside some of the most isolated religious institutions in the world, braving military interrogations along the way.
The “More Than Just Parks” project aims to capture the beauty of all 50 National Parks in order to raise awareness for there value. This video marks “the culmination of two weeks exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” according to the project’s website. Brothers Will Pattiz and Jim Pattiz, founders of Sea Raven Media, produced […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a local independent film project and one hiker’s attempt to share his Blue Ridge experience with others through postcards.
Throwing a birthday party to celebrate eight years of activism certainly fits the bill for Asheville on Bikes, whose official mission is to “cultivate the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy & celebration.” Accordingly, Beer and Bites for Bikes, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3 at The Market Place, offers an open invitation to […]
It looks like things are starting to slow down a bit this weekend as far as trademark events are concerned. That being said I was able to dig around a bit and find some neat things happening in the area. Hopefully they peak your interest, so let’s get rolling.
On Friday, Nov. 14, the Asheville Bioneers kicked off their third annual “Taste of Bioneers” Conference at the Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. In the first of three events to be held this year, wilderness was at the fore. “The theme for tonight is how we can build better bridges to make our […]
“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” says Natalie DeRatt, UNC Asheville graduate and newly appointed member of the U.S. national team for bobsledding. After finishing third in two team selection races (in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Park City, Utah), the Asheville athlete was confirmed on Nov. 9 as one of the youngest members of the 2014-2015 […]
Who knew that a pastime as pedestrian as gardening could be downright dangerous? On Wednesday night, around 20 people took refuge from November’s bluster at the Green Sage Café to hear Bill Jones, president of Carolina Native Nursery, explain both the risks of importing non-native species plants and the benefits of proliferating indigenous plant-life. The […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features office relocation campaigns for a doula and childbirth services organization and an experiential therapy provider.
According to a press release from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed opening a 700,000-acre chunk of Pisgah National Forest to a logging program. Email NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us to leave your comments.
MSG CX, NC Cyclocross State Championships, Veni, vidi, vici Trail Race and Dog Tag Dash 5k this weekend! #getoutside #avlout
Things have settled down a bit this week and it feels like we are heading into a nice routine. There are still some really good things happening and I encourage you all to take advantage of these opportunities.
Pumpkin Pedaler an Super Heroes 5k rescheduled for this Saturday!
Despite the weather acting like a jerk this weekend, there are still some mighty fine events taking place. If you do plan on braving the cold, you have a rich selection of quality outdoor entertainment.
Swank 65, Couch Potato, Bookwalter Binge, Shut-In Trail Race and Superhero 5k all this weekend!
After next weekend you can look forward to going to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark. The endless days of summer are now an afterthought and the cool, early nights of autumn are starting to sink in. That means it’s time to try and squeeze in all of those post-work activities you’ve been telling yourself you were going to do all summer.