Winterizing WNC

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Lance Wille
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.


  • Gold Light mines ’50s sounds, big screen aesthetics and friendships

    -by Alli Marshall
    What if a band is less about its members and more about the vehicle for a set of songs? If that’s the case, the dissolution of a band is not…
  • Town Mountain holds its annual benefit concert at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall

    -by Toni Sherwood
    Josh Stack, founder and executive director of Funding America Through Entertainment, first began combining his passion for music with his mission to end hunger two decades ago. “Back in the…
  • Smart bets: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

    -by Alli Marshall
    It’s not just a holiday party, it’s a fashion statement. And while ugly Christmas sweater parties are hardly a rarity, Kipper Schauer‘s annual fete — now in its sixth iteration…
  • Holiday events around WNC

    -by Alli Marshall
    Looking to deck the halls, sing a carol, give a gift, take a stroll, see a play, make a craft or pass a wish list on to a man in…
  • Smart bets: Chris Carpenter

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Country pop rocker Chris Carpenter first picked up a guitar at age 11 and shortly after extinguishing his 30th birthday candles felt a need to assuage his newfound existential unrest…
  • Flosstradamus makes its Asheville debut at The Orange Peel

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Back in the day — 2005, to be precise — Josh “J2K” Young and Curt “Autobot” Cameruci began DJing parties under the name Flosstradamus. Armed with four turntables and two…
  • Smart bets: RBTS WIN

    -by Kat McReynolds
    “We just want to show West Asheville peeps a good time before they go into their holiday family hangs,” says Javi Bolea of RBTS WIN. “The goal is a sticky…
  • Smart bets: Darren Nicholson and Mark Bumgarner

    -by Alli Marshall
    It takes two, as the saying goes. Local musician Darren Nicholson is a member of bluegrass group Balsam Range and the leader of his namesake band. Singer-songwriter Mark Bumgarner is…
  • The King of Swing brings a holiday variety show to The Isis

    -by Alec Sturgis
    There’s something inexplicably cheery — and not ironically so, despite the prevalence of seasonal sweaters — about the Christmas specials of Bing Crosby and Lawrence Welk. These shows of decades…


  • Shut up and play the hits: The chef’s curse of a popular dish

    -by Jonathan Ammons
    It's the monster hit, the one you just can't get away from. For musicians, it's that one song that, if left unplayed at a show, will leave fans outraged. And…
  • Asheville: Brunch City, U.S.A.

    -by Hayley Benton
    Walking through the streets of downtown Asheville on a chilly Sunday morning, it’s hard not to be tempted by the smell of fresh-roasted coffee wafting from inside cracked doors. Outside, eye-catching rows…
  • Korean House gets grilling

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Where there's a grill, there's a way — particularly for Korean House co-owner Jayson Im. After nearly a year of permitting struggles, the restaurateur is thrilled to announce the date…
  • Beer Scout: The gift of brew

    -by Thom O'Hearn
    If your favorite way to shop is at home in your pajamas, there’s some good news this holiday season: You can now buy beer from Bruisin’ Ales that way as…


  • Byron Ballard keeps Appalachian folk magic practices alive

    -by Susan Foster
    Known as Asheville’s village witch, Byron Ballard practices what she calls “hillfolk hoodoo,” a form of Appalachian folk magic. Ballard came by hoodoo naturally, growing up in a poor community…
  • Conscious Party: Dressed to give

    -by Michael McDonald
    WHAT: Mustacheville’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Holiday Party Fundraiser WHEN: Friday, Dec. 19, 9 p.m. WHERE: One Stop, 55 College St., Asheville WHY: Benefit organizer Nikki McClane and her Mustacheville friends…


  • Winterizing WNC: Slide into the snow season

    -by Jake Frankel
    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…
  • Winter is coming: Forecasters predict cold, snowy season

    -by Jake Frankel
    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…
  • Get outside for winter activities

    -by Brad Messenger
    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…
  • Small Bites: Downton Abbey in downtown Asheville

    -by Gina Smith
    The new year will bring a fresh dinner theater experience to Asheville — one that will be of particular interest to fans of the British television series “Downton Abbey.” On…


  • An independent voter’s viewpoint

    -by Letters
    After reading “Updated Voting Report (ahem),” [“Asheville Disclaimer,” Dec. 3, Xpress] I was moved to provide a different point of view. I do not affiliate myself with any party and…
  • Closing of Asheville race track was hardly ‘dark of night’

    -by Letters
    In response to Jerry Sternberg‘s rebuttal to Karen Cragnolin and RiverLink [“The Gospel According to Jerry,” Dec. 10, Xpress], he mentions the “dark of night” closing of the Asheville Race…