Winter sports in WNC: Let the fun begin

Last winter was heaven for local winter sports enthusiasts. And this season has been off to a great start, with unusually cold and snowy conditions providing ample opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowball fights, snowmen and assorted backcountry adventures. We’re celebrating today, Dec. 21 – the first official day of winter – by culling together some of our favorite photos and videos from the last couple years of snowy escapades.

The celebration continues this week with a Dec. 22 cover story that includes the tale of one adventurer’s first backcountry trip of the season and a guide to some of the local ski resorts that make playing in the snow easy. And this is just a start; in the coming months, we’re planning a series of articles on assorted winter sports and activities. Please send your own stories, photos and videos plus any tips or ideas you’d like to share, to

Photos by Jake Frankel, Maggie Ullman, Nicole Kendle and Galen Bernard

‪North Carolina Backcountry Snowboarding‬
(video by Eric Crews):

Epic Sledding Adventure ‘09‬ (video by Jake Frankel):

Snow canoeing (video by Nathan Zumwalt and Nicole Perreault):

Boone Backcountry Snowboarding‬ (video by Eric Crews):



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About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

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