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Ski Sapphire Valley History

We have moved all our historical content from here to the Sapphire Valley Historical Society's web site.


Please visit HistoryofSapphireValley.org for all the great old images from 1964 thru today!



Ski Sapphire Valley’s First Run


This image above is the first recorded run on the new Ski Sapphire Valley slopes in late 1964! 

Mr. Gene Howerdd, Jr. also built Hogback Lake that same year. Anyone who purchased a lot on the new lake received free passes to the new Ski Sapphire Valley ski area!

The old Fairfield Inn (shown beloe) was in operation and many southeastern visitors got their first exposure to snow skiing here.

Ski Sapphire Valley Base Lodge

The Ski Sapphire Valley lodge was operated at the base of the slopes in one the oldest homes in Sapphire where hot chocolate, fondue and wine was in order for the after ski scene.

Please visit the HistoryofSapphireValley.org for much more content and imagery about the history of the ski area and resort itself.

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Ski Sapphire Valley NC History

This is the first recorded image of skiers on the new Ski Sapphire Valley slopes! (1964)

 Ski Sapphire Valley, North Carolina

​​​Ski Sapphire General Information: 828-743-7663 [Phone Directory]

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Ski Sapphire Valley is CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Please visit SapphireValley.com and HighSouthAdventures.com for current and upcoming news, events and specials on and off the resort!