NEWS: Great Outhouse Races Named top 20...

Southeast Tourism Society Selects Outhouse Races as an ‘STS Top 20 Event’

ATLANTA, Ga. (October 18, 2018) – Southeast Tourism Society has named Sapphire Valley Outhouse Races as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for February 2019.

This year’s Outhouse Races are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 16, 2019. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.
Travel industry experts select 10 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.
Crazy? Maybe. Dangerous? Perhaps. Fun? Without a doubt! You won’t find Outhouse Races on snow anywhere else in North Carolina! Dozens of outhouses race to compete for the throne. Spectators come from throughout the Southeast to line the course and cheer on those brave enough to see if the outhouse crashes and burns or sails across the finish line.

Homemade outhouses can be made of wood, cardboard, plastic, or any other homemade items. There are three people to a team and outhouses are secured on a set of skis, which can be provided to you by the Sapphire Valley Ski Area. These skis are pushed by two team members, while one team member ‘sits’ inside.

 “The Top 20 Festival and Event Program is celebrating 34 years of spotlighting the best festivals and events in the Southeast.  Our goal is to provide well-deserved accolades for the dedicated event organizers and additional media exposure for their events,” said Monica Smith, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.  “The Southeast offers so many unique, year-round, opportunities for attendees to create memories and support an industry that is an economic generator for its community.”

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.   The online nomination link and submission deadlines are available at or by calling 770-542-1523.

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Roswell, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting travel and tourism within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Ski Sapphire Valley - Season Prep Underway

Early ski season prep is under way! The old snow groomer is out and will be hauled away soon and the portable snow makers are staged for service and testing!

Going to be a great winter at  Ski Sapphire Valley!

Ski Sapphire Valley - new web site

Ski Sapphire Valley launched their new website on October 12, 2018!

Great new images and totally mobile friendly and responsive! 

Check it out [Ski Sapphire Valley]

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NEW SAPPHIRE VALLEY WEB SITE!!        Visit the new [Sapphire Valley Resort Web Site] Here!

News Release: High South Ventures, LLC releases the newest web site in support of visitors and owners in Sapphire Valley –

Background: High South Ventures represents family members of the original developers of Sapphire Valley.  Founded as Sapphire Valley Inn and Country Club in 1954, family members have always been active in real estate development and community affairs. For more on the historic location, visit:

Web Sites: is the new main web site for all Resort information including the amenities, events, classes, and more. Built using the latest software for ease of use on phones, tablets and PCs. will remain our web site dedicated to snow sports at Sapphire Valley resort. will become dedicated to Sapphire Valley area businesses – the ‘Sapphire Valley Business Alliance’ and provide additional resources for those looking for ‘other than vacation’ business services and custom real estate listings.

Our development company, Sapphire Valley Realty and Development Company,  will be selling some of the last property from the original 1954 development!  For Sale By Owner and Flat Rate Commission listings are being considered for the updated  [Contact Us Here] for information on real estate sales.

Check this first listing out 1.69 acres in beautiful and prestigious Round Hill Estates!
[Round Hill Lot 22] (Rick Stargel, NC Real Estate Broker)

Sapphire Valley - a Look Back..

Ski Sapphire Valley closed for the season just after the Great Outhouse Races - so did many other North Carolina ski areas. At the end of February, only 2 resorts in the state were trying to hang on in the face of historical warm weather and rain.

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Thanks to all of you, Ski Sapphire had a great. albeit short season! All that snow making equipment Ski Sapphire invested in 2015-16 really paid off with great conditions for the bulk of the season.

So, get ready for 2018 with hiking, tennis, golf, festivals, zipping and more at Sapphire Valley! Stay tuned for updates!

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Ski Sapphire Valley - Closes for the Season

After a great ski season, warm and rainy weather have taken their toll on the snow and Ski Sapphire Valley closes for the season after Monday, Feb. 19, 2019

Now get ready for fun all over the resort and The High South!

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Sapphire Valley and The High South - a tease!

It may be the dead of winter, but we are already planning for a great summer!

Concerts on the Slopes, Groovin' on the Green, Hiking, Swimming, Golf, Tennis!! New Vacation Rentals are coming on line this month. Have you made your vacation plans? Use the link below to find your vacation memories this summer!

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