Ski Industry And Tourism Leader Grady Moretz Passes

Grady Moretz, a leader in the ski and tourism industry for the High Country, passed away on Sunday morning at his home at the age of 88.

Moretz, and four other partners, purchased what would come to be known as Appalachian Ski Mountain from Northwestern Bank at foreclosure during public auction on December 4, 1968. The site was previously built six years earlier and was known as Blowing Rock Ski Lodge, Inc. It was the first ski area in Northwestern North Carolina and the second oldest ski area in the state.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Austin and Barnes Funeral Home.

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce tweeted, “We join the entire High Country community in mourning the loss of Grady Moretz,” the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce said in a Tweet. “A pioneer in his field, an amazing family man, and a cherished friend of so many. Our thoughts are with the family and the 1,000s of lives impacted by Grady and the Moretz family over the years.”