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Old 11-12-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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Is there any cross-country skiing in Tenn? When I was in Kingsport a month ago, someone said that sometimes they do it on Roan Mountain, and rarely, closer to the Smoky Mtns? Is this true, and if true, where to do it?
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Old 11-12-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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Is there any cross-country skiing in Tenn? When I was in Kingsport a month ago, someone said that sometimes they do it on Roan Mountain, and rarely, closer to the Smoky Mtns? Is this true, and if true, where to do it?
Well, the neat thing about cross-country skiing is that you can do it anywhere there is land and snow...no hills required.

That being said, you can cross-country ski in some areas of the Smokys. A popular area is the TN state park at Roan Mountain...there amongst the rhododendron in the balds. Gorgeous area to do it when there is snow. One web site claims "the South's deepest natural snow" at Roan Mountain.

Roan Mountain is one of my favorite areas on TN.

http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/RoanMtn/

http://www.roanmountain.com/attractions.htm
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Well, the neat thing about cross-country skiing is that you can do it anywhere there is land and snow...no hills required.

That being said, you can cross-country ski in some areas of the Smokys. A popular area is the TN state park at Roan Mountain...there amongst the rhododendron in the balds. Gorgeous area to do it when there is snow. One web site claims "the South's deepest natural snow" at Roan Mountain.

Roan Mountain is one of my favorite areas on TN.

TN State Parks: Roan Mountain State Park

Roan Mountain, Tennessee - Attractions
Boon, NC says the same thing!

Winter in the High Country - Mountains of NC along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Either way, "deep" snow is a matter of opinion.
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Old 11-14-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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Boon, NC says the same thing!

Winter in the High Country - Mountains of NC along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Either way, "deep" snow is a matter of opinion.
Ha! I expect Boone would say the same thing...same area, isn't it?

"Deep" is relative. I did grow up not too terribly far from the past two world-record holding confirmed annual snowfall places--currently at 1,124 inches or 96.6 feet. Yup--feet. It beat the previous record held at a location about 150 miles further south of 1,122.5 inches, or 93.5 feet. Either way, a lot of snow.

Where I grew up it was fairly common to have a winter with about 7 feet on the ground at once...but gain a little elevation and that increased rapidly.

You know what? I don't miss that much snow. I don't miss having to make sure the engine of your car had heat during the night so it would start in the morning. I don't miss having to buy snow tires, studded tires, chains, snow shovels, snow boots, snow suits, gloves, having to carry sand bags, blankets and shovels and a little food and water in your car during the winter. I don't miss having to spend the night in town because it had dumped snow all day while you were at work or the wind had picked up and the highway or gravel road you live on had drifted shut so you couldn't drive the 20 miles home. Or putting on chains lying in the snow and slush, etc. etc. I don't miss snow on Halloween or in April.

I miss snow on pretty much just two or three days a year--Thanksgiving, Christmas eve and Christmas. Other than that? Nope.

Edited to add--I just noticed I didn't tell where those snowfall amounts were--96 feet--Mt. Baker, WA, 93 feet--Mt. Rainier at (believe it or not) Paradise.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I'm really happy to hear that there are some places to cross country ski. I was worried that we wouldn't get a chance to still do that when we move to Tenn.
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