Elsas Frozen Castle Ski Resort

Tourist Attraction Plans by Philip

As of today, I will be telling you about why I believe that a ski resort in the Appalachian region is a great idea. We will be making a ski resort on Mount Mitchell in USA called Elsas Frozen Castle.


First ill be talking about the climate of the region. Due to elevation the mountains will be warmer at the bottom and colder at the top. The higher up the mountain, the colder the air will be because air expands as it rises, as it expands it cools. As warm up runs up the windward side of the mountain, all the moisture in the warm air begins to cool. Once it reaches a point all the moisture in the air beings to cool and condense forming clouds. Once it builds up enough moisture all the moisture is released and since it is cold at the top of the mountain the rain will probably freeze and form snow. Repeat and you will begin to build up snow. Even if you go to the resort and don't ski or snowboard if you are the extreme then you will get a good look at the snow covered trees outside. (Reference Below). Worst case scenario, the mountains become too warm, making the winters come later in the year rather than the beginning. If that happens we can provide fake snow until it begins to snow.


Secondly, I will be talking about the landscape of the region.  The Appalachians are a system of mountains located on the eastern North America however the range is mostly located in America but extends to Southern Eastern Canada. It is around 160 - 480 km wide and the average mountain height is 3000 ft. How does this help the idea? It gives us options where we can find a mountain that is right for the resort, a mountain that is not too tall or too small. The highest group of mountains in the US, east of Mississippi is Mount Mitchell in North Carolina at 6684 ft (2,037 m).  Putting it on Mount Mitchell is the better as it is higher and as mentioned before the higher up you are, the colder it is which allows more snow falls. As we are in the Appalachians we have also have a variety of trees at the bottom, we have the Mixed Forest and Boreal and Taiga.

Vegetation and Soil

The Boreal and Taiga Forest are the largest vegetation region in Canada. I say this as we have longer growing seasons and more precipitation. However that also gives us a disadvantage as it makes our soil leaching soil. Leaching soil is there is too much precipitation and it washes away all the nutrients away that come from the top soil,sub soil and parent material from the humus layer making our soil very poor in nutrients so it must be counter acted with fertilizer. This also doesn't help as there are Coniferous and evergreen trees as they will drop needles but will never be bare in the winter making the humus layer very shallow, giving it a gray color meaning the humus layer will not receive nutrients. As the needles from the coniferous and evergreen are acidic, then it is absorb the acidic needles and make the humus layer acidic. However this is also why we have a lot of coniferous and deciduous are they are able to survive in the poor and unproductive mountain soil.

Rock Types

Out of the 3 types of Rock Types (Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous) the Appalachian region has a type of rock called sedimentary. Sedimentary rock is a type of rock formed by the erosion of other rocks and after that the loose material hardens. Sedimentary rocks form when mud and sand are deposited in layers on the Earth’s surface and they are compacted and cementationed.

Location of Mount Mitchell

Location of where Mount Mitchell is
Region of the Appalachians in USA

Natural Disasters?

In rare cases there natural disasters that happen in the Appalachian Regions. The worst case of natural disaster was the Great Appalachian Storm of November in 1950. At this time there was a large extratropical cyclone that ran through Eastern USA causing significant winds, Heavy Rain east of the Appalachians and Blizzard along the western slopes. It disrupted power to have 1,000,000 people and had wind speeds clocking in at around 110 mphs (180 kms/h) and 160 mphs (260 kms/h) in New England highlands. It sounds bad but these are in rare cases, worse case scenario we have strong winds and heavy heavy snow falls.


Great Appalachian Storm of 1950

Snowboarding in the Appalachians



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