Monday, December 15, 2008


Updated 11-04-2016

Scheduled Ski 2017 Dates for Beech: (weather permitting) 
Regular ski dates for Beech will be Mon. - Fri. non-holidays


RidersChoice is the weblog for homeschooling families with all the information about discount skiing and boarding in Western North Carolina specifically for homeschool families. Go to for all of the details and information.

Please pass this information along to other homeschoolers in your area.

Beech Mountain
The deal that Beech Mountain is offering us is so nice.

Details for Beech Mnt:

Early Season Special (opening day thru Dec. 19, 2016) Price is $17.00 per skier or boarder, Mon. - Fri. Call Beech Mountain Group Sales (group sales  800 438 2093 x 205), or email Beech Mountain Group Sales: in advance and register your family.

Jan. 3rd - March 9, 2017 (additional dates will be added weather permitting)

        Lift tickets good from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for day ticket or 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm for twilight ticket. Ski and Board day or night for the same low price! Please register for the day ticket or the twilight ticket when you sign up. Lift no longer closes from 4:30 – 6:00 for grooming!

        Price is $30.oo per skier or boarder 

        Price includes: lift ticket, rental equipment (skies or snowboard if desired), one hour group lesson (if desired). Helmets are on a first come first serve basis and often run low on Fri. So, if you must have a helmet, please arrive early (non-Riderschoice group rate for all of this would be from $85 - $95) If you have your own equipment and don’t want a lesson the price is $20.00

Please note that you will not be able to just show up at Beech and be part of the Riderschoice group deal! Glenna Toney is coordinating at Beech and Riderschoice dates are posted below. E-mail Glenna Toney at

Please read all of the registration information and instructions on prior to sending your email registration.

Scheduled Ski Dates for Beech: (weather permitting) 

Regular ski dates for Beech will be Mon. - Fri. non-holidays

Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, register by Dec. 31st, by 8 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 4th, register by Jan. 1st, by 8 pm

Thursday, Jan. 5th, register by Jan. 2nd, by 8 pm

Friday, Jan. 6th, register by Jan. 3rd, by 8 pm

Monday, Jan. 9th, register by Jan. 6th, by 8 pm

Tuesday, Jan. 10th, register by Jan. 7th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 11th, register by Jan. 8th, by 8 pm

Thursday, Jan. 12th, register by Jan. 9th, by 8 pm

Friday, Jan. 13th, register by Jan. 10th, by 8 pm

No Riderschoice on Monday, Jan. 16th MLK Day Holiday!

Tuesday, Jan. 17th, register by Jan. 14th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 18th, register by Jan. 15th, by 8 pm

Thursday, Jan. 19th, register by Jan. 16th, by 8 pm

Friday, Jan. 20th, register by Jan. 17th, by 8 pm

Monday, Jan. 23rd, register by Jan. 20th, by 8 pm

Tuesday, Jan. 24th, register by Jan. 21st, by 8 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 25th, register by Jan. 22nd, by 8 pm

Thursday, Jan. 26th, register by Jan. 23rd, by 8 pm

Friday, Jan. 27th, register by Jan. 24th, by 8 pm

Monday, Jan. 30th, register by Jan. 27th, by 8 pm

Tuesday, Jan. 31st, register by Jan. 28th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 1st, register by Jan. 29th, by 8 pm

Thursday, Feb. 2nd, register by Jan. 30th, by 8 pm

Friday, Feb. 3rd, register by Jan. 31st, by 8 pm

Monday, Feb. 6th, register by Feb. 3rd, by 8 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 7th, register by Feb. 4th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 8th, register by Feb. 5th, by 8 pm

Thursday, Feb. 9th register by Feb. 6th, by 8 pm

Friday, Feb. 10th, register by Feb. 7th, by 8 pm

Monday, Feb. 13th, register by Feb. 8th, by 8 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 14th, register by Feb. 9th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 15th, register by Feb. 10th, by 8 pm

Thursday, Feb.16th register by Feb. 11th, by 8 pm

Friday, Feb. 17th, register by Feb. 12th, by 8 pm

No Riderschoice on Monday, Feb. 20th President Day Holiday!

Tuesday, Feb. 21st, register by Feb. 18th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, register by Feb. 19th, by 8 pm

Thursday, Feb.23rd register by Feb. 20th, by 8 pm

Friday, Feb. 24th, register by Feb. 21st, by 8 pm

Monday, Feb. 27th, register by Feb. 24th, by 8 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 28th, register by Feb. 25th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, March 1st, register by Feb. 26th, by 8 pm

Thursday, March 2nd register by Feb. 27th, by 8 pm

Friday, March 3rd, register by March 28th, by 8 pm

Monday, March 6th, register by March 3rd, by 8 pm

Tuesday, March 7th, register by March 4th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, March 8th, register by March 5th, by 8 pm

Thursday, March 9th register by March 6th, by 8 pm

Friday, March 10th, register by March 7th, by 8 pm

Additional Dates may be added weather permitting.

Additional Dates may be added weather permitting.

Beech Riderschoice Rules:

Homeschool Community:

Welcome to Riderschoice! We just have a few items to go over before you get started!

Skiing/Boarding at this low rate is a privilege. So....

This special rate is open to the homeschool community (students, parents, and family members).

Riderschoice (homeschool community) must arrive during designated times to get this special rate. 

Please don't openly advertise or brag about this rate to others either on the slopes or elsewhere. Be thankful and discreet.

Picnic lunches are allowed only in the group sales office or outside near the ice skating rink (no coolers, crock pots, or containers larger than lunch box size).

No boards or skies in the building!

Riderschoice expects to leave a positive image with the staff of Beech Mnt.! Please follow all slope rules! Clean up after yourself, don't leave trash around the tables.

Speak to employees with respect.

If you have major problems contact Glenna Toney or Group Sales.

On all rental forms list your group as Riderschoice

Beech and Riderschoice strongly encourage beginners and less experienced skiers and riders to take a lesson.

Helmets are strongly encouraged for your safety and are available on first come first serve!

Put lift ticket in a visible location and on clothing that you are going to wear all day.

At the end of the ski season we want Beech Mnt. to be happy to invite the homeschool community back again next year! So, please put your best foot forward! We want to be known as the best group to visit the mountain!

Be Safe and Have a Great Time!

Riderschoice Coordinators


Riderschoice has decided not to deal with Sugar Mountain this season. It is just too much stress on me and my family with all that Sugar Administration requires from me.  Sorry.  If you want to get a group of 15 or more together, you can get a good group rate at Sugar when you come.  

Please join our group at Beech on any of the dates posted on the blog.


Please contact Cataloochee Ski Resort directly for homeschool ski dates and rates for 2015 - 2016

Steps to register for Cataloochee skiing or boarding:
1.Decide what date you want to attend
2. Arrive at Cataloochee and report to Main ticket window with proof of homeschooling, contact Main ticket window with any questions 1-800-768-0285.

Details for Cataloochee:
A.  Day lift tickets good from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
B.  Prices: $ lift ticket only, $ ski rental and lift ticket, $ board rental and lift ticket (all include an hour beginner group lesson for anyone age 7 and older if desired)
C.  PLEASE NOTE that lessons are for those 7 years and older
D. Bag lunches may be eaten in the family picnic area only. No coolers or containers allowed in the lodge.
E.  You are responsible for your own ride to Cataloochee. If you are renting a snowboard you MUST bring a debit/credit card to present to the rental window (you will NOT be charged unless you fail to return your equipment.)
F.  All questions about homeschool days at Cataloochee should be directed to Main Ticket Window 1-800-768-0285.
Cataloochee Ski Dates: 

2014/ 2015

Please contact Wolf Ridge Ski Resort directly for homeschool ski dates and rates for 2015 - 2016



The French-Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mtn. in Blowing Rock, N. C. is offering students the opportunity to participate in a winter sport that will motivate them physically, socially and psychologically. Learn a lifetime sport and start looking forward to winter.                                                                                    Activities are designed for students ages 5 to 18 and for family members. Please come as often as you like.

  • December    10, 16                                                      February         3, 10-11, 23-24
  • January        13, 27-28                                                March              1-2, 10, 15-16, 23-24

*Charge card Transactions are $1 extra per person.*

(Includes Flex Slope Ticket, skis, boots, poles, one hour group lesson) 
(Includes Flex Slope Ticket, Burton board, boots, and one hour group lesson.)

*Optional helmet rental:  $3

Call or E-mail at least one week in advance to make a reservation.  We will need to know the day you are coming, whether you are skiing or snowboarding and the lesson time you desire (11:15 am or 12:30 pm).

Upon arrival at Appalachian Ski Mountain go downstairs to the French-Swiss Ski College Counter located on the lower level of the lodge to sign in, pay fees, and receive tickets.  Fill out equipment forms, get your equipment, and precede to the “Ski School Meets Here” sign 10 minutes before lesson times.

11:15 am Beginners Only – Lessons that start on beginner terrain
12:30 pm Intermediate Workshop – Lessons that start on intermediate terrain

Flex Slope ticket – Sk/SBi 8 consecutive hours.  All tickets must be purchased by 12:30 pm.
Plan on one-hour preparation time for equipment issue & grouping of classes. 
Add additional time if clothing rental is needed.

LODGING:  Special Rates for these Home School dates. (Call Hotel Directly) 
Jan. 27-28     Feb. 10-11   Feb. 23-24         March 1-2, 15-16, 23-24
Meadowbrook Inn       Blowing Rock                    828-295-4300                      Rate: $58.00 + tax/night

If you know of other home school families/associations who would benefit from this program, please share this information.

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