As the temperatures dropped, snow blanketed Banner Elk and the North Carolina Highcountry.
Cold weather brought another boost to the Highcountry ski resorts as more than 15″ of new snow fell at Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain Ski Resorts, bringing in large crowds for a weekend that normally doesn’t see large groups. Sugar Mountain opened the whole mountain and covered every slope with deep snow as visitors started coming in Thursday afternoon.
While the new snow meant more business for everyone in Banner Elk, there are some that don’t look forward to winter and the “mess it brings”. As today brought sunny skies and warmer temps, locals and visitors worked to free cars and trucks from several days of snow.
The beauty brings people from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and as far away as Texas. The NC Highcountry is the first stop for anyone from the south, who might be looking for snow or skiing.
There are few places in the country that provide such a wonderfully diverse group of activities all year. Besides the Carolinas, only California has skiing and surfing in the same day.
In addition to Banner Haven B&B, local businesses, like the Perry House and Azalea Inn, look forward to snow to bring in guests. Our economy is based on tourism and the new means big dollars for Banner Elk and the surrounding areas, like Valle Crucis and Boone.
Life continues, as students from Lees McRae College and volunteers at the Banner Elk Chamber continue life as usual.
Don’t just come visit. Come visit and stay for ever. Banner Elk and the Highcountry are beautiful places to live, where taxes are reasonable, the real estate is affordable.
If you want to come visit, or you’re thinking about moving, give Greg and Amy a call – at Banner Haven Bed and Breakfast.
Rooms starting at $65; including breakfast