Monday, December 15, 2008


updated 01-10-2016

Be sure to register by the deadline.  All 2016 dates and deadlines are listed below.

Please remember to thank Beech Mountain Group Sales office for the wonderful job they do for Riderschoice each day.

read all the information below at least once this season


RidersChoice is the weblog for homeschooling families with all the information about skiing and boarding in Western North Carolina. For the 2014 - 2015 winter season we have many options to choose from. Scroll ALL the way DOWN and READ ALL of the information before making a decision or before sending an email question. :) Information below from the following Western North Carolina Ski Resorts:


Riderschoice Coordinator is currently working on updating,, with 2014 - 2015 information. We will continue to update information and available dates and homeschool rates at all WNC Resorts.  Please be patient and check back often for updates.


Welcome to RidersChoice, the weblog with all the information about special days, rates, and procedures for skiers and boarders in the homeschooling community. There is SO much information this season, and some new procedures, so be sure to check here often.

First, a little history, in 2000, the homeschoolers in the Asheville area of North Carolina negotiated special rates for one-half week day (later expanded to two full days) with the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort near Mars Hill. This program was a great success and was very convenient and flexible. 

Please note that I have posted the web address for each ski area. You will want to go to each resort’s website to get information such as driving directions, slope conditions, phone numbers, etc. You will also need to contact each ski area other than Beech for homeschool ski and board information and reservations for this season.

Just to be clear....
Homeschoolers don't get the lowest discount at Beech Mountain, the Homeschool Ski and Snowboard Group called Riderschoice gets an amazing discount. Riderschoice discount is based on the high volume of skiers and boarders that we put on the mountain each season.

In order to take advantage of the Riderschoice discount, homeschoolers must go when the Riderschoice group is going to Beech. Riderschoice has been generous enough to open our group up to all homeschoolers and not just the homeschoolers in our area.
So, see the information about Beech and sign up to come to these slopes when Riderschoice will be there. Don't call or go to group sales and ask for the "Special Riderschoice" rate because it will not be available.

Skiing and Boarding Weblog for the Homeschool Community: This amazing "club or group" is organized and kept running by a very dedicated homeschool mom, Glenna Toney.  The Riderschoice Coordinator does not work for any of the ski slopes. I am a ski and board fanatic parent who loves to be on the slopes with my children and family. I was enjoying my experiences with my family SO MUCH, that I opened this great opportunity up to homeschooling families in six states and around the South East region. As the Riderschoice Coordinator, I am a hardworking mom who volunteers hours of my time each week answering emails, text, and phone calls, registering families, and making frequent trips to the slopes in order for all homeschoolers to be able to experience skiing and snowboarding in WNC at a very reasonable and affordable rate for families. Please respect my time by registering with all the needed information. 
By opening this experience up to others, I have been blessed by meeting some amazing families and individuals. I often look forward to seeing familiar faces each season in addition to meeting some really cool new folks.

Contact Glenna Toney @ or text 828-775-7949 with Riderschoice questions.

Need more space than a hotel can offer when on a ski trip with family?
We offer affordable rates for homeschool families with 3 levels of living space and 3 full bathrooms for a cabin in a gated neighborhood that stays up with snow removal. Located about 35 min. from App mtn and 25 min to Boone.  

Contact Lisa about renting the “Homeschool Hideaway” for your next family ski trip!

So, without further ado, here is the information you've all been asking for:

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

Regular Season Instructions Jan. 4th - March: Regular ski dates for Beech will be Mon. - Fri. non-holidays

Steps to register for Beech Mnt. skiing or boarding with Riderschoice:

1.  Decide what date you want to attend from the list of posted dates below.

2.  Email registration to at least 3 days in advance of ski date. Don’t email a registration late.

3.  Expect an email confirmation of your reservation (if you don't get an email confirmation then we don't have you on our list)

4. Arrive at Beech on correct date and correct time period with proof of homeschooling with you

***According to Beech Mountain Group Sales during the 2014 ski season. Riderschoice had some folks who were abusing the privilege of our wonderful group.  For the 2015 - 2016 season, homeschool families must show current and appropriate proof of homeschooling.  Riderschoice offer is only open to homeschool families (immediate families).  Homeschool families must have students ages 19 and younger who have not yet graduated high school.  Homeschool graduates and alumni must come with a legal and current homeschool family to participate with Riderschoice. Adults who join this group must be the homeschool parents, grandparents, and adult children of a current homeschool family. All adults can attend if they have their homeschool students with them. Otherwise, no homeschool adults attending without their children. If you bring other homeschool children with you to Beech, please have them to bring their proof of homeschooling also.  Please note: Beech will give any college students or family friends of home-schoolers  the group ticket price of $30 and rentals for ski $13 and snow $20 if they come with the home-school family. Beech Mnt. feels that this is more than fair as it is still a great discount.

 Please help me keep this great deal open to ALL homeschool families by following this updated rule. ***** 

Details for Beech Mnt:
A.  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!

B.  Price is $30.oo per skier or boarder 

C.  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

D. PLEASE NOTE that lessons are for those 8 years and older. One lesson per person per season only. Lessons are for true beginners.

E.  Skiers are welcome and will have a great time on the many slopes and the quad lift makes the ride up the mountain fast and the lines shorter. Snowboarders will have an amazing time on the two terrain parks and many rails, boxes, and features to hit and try to conquer!

Beech Mnt. Group Sales has requested that all outside food and drink be eaten in the group sales office or outside near the ice skating rink. No outside food allowed in the lodge or cafeteria.  No coolers larger than lunch box size and no crock pots allowed in group sales. Hot lunch tickets can be reserved in advance for $8.00 and must be used in the cafeteria prior to 3:00 pm. The hot lunch includes a burger or chicken strips or barbecue sandwich, fries, and medium drink.

G.  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.

H. All dates are weather permitting. Ski season in NC can be short and unpredictable so don't delay!

I.    Make plans with your family. This rate is only open to homeschoolers (including parents), their families (Including grown children).

J.   I MUST HAVE the following information with your reservation:         email reservations to:
Name of skiers/boarders (participant)
Does the participant need to rent skis/board/ or none
Does the participant need a lesson and what type (ski or board and age)
Does the participant want to reserve a hot lunch
Does the participant want to ski day ticket or twilight ticket
A phone number where your group can be reached on ski day

K.         Participant’s names will be written down and checked off upon arrival. Please go to the bottom of this blogspot to get specific details and our group rules. E-mail Glenna Toney at

Jon Smith: ski rental, ski lesson (age 12), hot lunch, day ticket, 828-555-5555
Julie Smith: ski rental, no lesson, hot lunch, day ticket, same phone
Jed Smith: snowboard rental, board lesson (age 15), hot lunch, day ticket, same phone
Fred Smith: no rental, no lesson (owns own equipment), no hot lunch, twilight ticket, same phone
Fran Smith: ski rental, ski lesson (adult),no hot lunch, twilight ticket same phone

L.       If you sign up for a date, we are expecting you to show up at Beech Mnt. If for some reason anyone in your group/family can't make the date you sign up for, please contact Group Sales ASAP (group sales  800 438 2093 x 205,)! Our discount rate depends on the number of participants! So be sure to keep Group Sales up-to-date on any changes in your group/family numbers.

M.       You are responsible for your own ride to Beech Mountain and you must arrive between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. for the session and go to Group Sales to pay. YOU MUST BRING CASH or Credit and 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.)

N.        PLEASE, get your money together and have ONE person in your family or car load or group bring your money to Group Sales so as to facilitate getting your lift tickets and rental forms. Children should not come to the desk with parents, this is way too confusing.

O.       Please list "RIDERSCHOICE" as your group on all rental forms.

Updated 1-10-2016

Scheduled Ski 2016 Dates for Beech: (weather permitting) 
Regular ski dates for Beech will be Mon. - Fri. non-holidays

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

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

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

Thursday, Jan. 14th, register by Jan. 11th, by 8 pm

Friday, Jan. 15th, register by Jan. 12th, by 8 pm

No Riderschoice on Monday, Jan. 18th MLK Day Holiday!

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

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

Thursday, Jan. 21st, register by Jan. 18th, by 8 pm

Friday, Jan. 22nd, register by Jan. 19th, by 8 pm

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

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

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

Thursday, Jan. 28th, register by Jan. 25th, by 8 pm

Friday, Jan. 29th, register by Jan. 26th, by 8 pm

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

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

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

Thursday, Feb. 4th, register by Feb. 1st, by 8 pm

Friday, Feb. 5th, register by Feb. 2nd, by 8 pm

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

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

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

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

Friday, Feb. 12th, register by Feb. 9th, by 8 pm

No Riderschoice on Monday, Feb. 15th President Day Holiday!

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, register by Feb. 13th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, register by Feb. 14th, by 8 pm

Thursday, Feb.18th register by Feb. 15th, by 8 pm

Friday, Feb. 19th, register by Feb. 16th, by 8 pm

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

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

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

Thursday, Feb.25th register by Feb. 22nd, by 8 pm

Friday, Feb. 26th, register by Feb. 23rd, by 8 pm

Monday, Feb. 29th, register by Feb. 26th, by 8 pm

Tuesday, March 1st, register by Feb. 27th, by 8 pm

Wednesday, March 2nd, register by Feb. 28th, by 8 pm

Thursday, March 3rd register by Feb. 29th, by 8 pm

Friday, March 4th, register by March 1st, by 8 pm

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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