Outdoor Journal

They complete us: Southern Living magazine just announced its annual list of superlatives located below the Mason-Dixon Line. Little wonder that Asheville took number-one slot in the “mountain destination” category and the Blue Ridge Parkway scored numero uno in the “scenic drive” slot.

All systems ‘go’: Work has begun on a new skate park at Black Mountain’s Carver Center, with a grand opening scheduled for Jan. 11. Kudos to the committed folks out there for making it all happen. Look for more coverage in Xpress this winter.

Arch enemies: Are your running shoes leading you down the path to perdition? Pay a visit to Foot Rx on Hendersonville Road on Jan. 7 and 12 – on both days, Scott Socha will hold a clinic for beginning runners about the value of orthotics. The half-hour talks begin at 9:30 and 10 a.m. both days.

I was a teenage slalomer: Asheville Parks and Recreation is hosting a series of Friday night excursions for teens to Cataloochee Ski Area in the months of January and February.  Lift tickets and a lesson for the five-week session is $215; lift tickets, a lesson and ski rental is $240; and for the snow-surfers among you, lift tickets, lesson and snowboard rental is $250. Transportation via charter bus is included. The ski trips depart Stephens-Lee Recreation Center at 4:15 p.m. and return at 11:00 p.m. 

If your teen is of a more reflective turn, they can choose to only ride the bus for $17 per trip or $75 for the entire session. For those who live outside the city, prices are slightly higher. For more information and to register, e-mail program director Christen McNamara (outdoorprograms@ashevillenc.gov) or call 251-4029.

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