As the snow melted in Asheville this weekend, the higher mountain ranges outside of town remained winter wonderlands. On Saturday, Jan. 15, a group of friends and I packed up our snowboards and sleds and trekked to the Roan Highlands in search of adventure.
The ridges are home to the world’s largest natural rhododendron garden and the longest stretch of grassy balds in the Appalachians. On this day, the open meadows were buried under deep snow – waist deep drifts in some spots – and made ideal grounds for backcountry snowboarding, skiing and snow play. The area also serves as a hub for cross country skiing, and a group of devoted folks were out taking advantage of the fresh powder and sunny skies. Late in the afternoon, those skies burst into stunning rays of yellow and gold as we made our way down from Round Bald (elevation 5,826 feet). Here’s a slide show of some of our photos from the day:
Photos by Jake Frankel and Maggie Ullman
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