Okay, Soda Citizens, let’s be real – skiing (and other snow-related activities) isn’t something we’d associate with Columbia. While we’re firm believers that our city has unlimited offerings, activities that require that powdery white stuff, or mountains for that matter, just aren’t in the cards for us. ❄️
But, there are plenty of options for everyone – whether you’re a pro skier or snowboarder, total beginner, or just enjoy hanging out and taking pictures in the snow – that are just a road trip away. While the après ski drinks and activities may be out of the question this year, there are plenty of daytime activities to soak up the joy of fresh powder on the mountain.
Appalachian Ski Mountain 📍 Blowing Rock, NC | 🚙 ~3 hour drive from Columbia | 💰 $32-75 (lift tickets) + $18-36 (rentals) Calling all adventure seekers – this mountain is for you. With three terrain parks, App offers more freestyle slopes than other North Carolina ski areas. The mountain also had nine additional trails + for those who prefer to stay off the slopes, there’s also an ice skating arena on the mountain.
📍 Snowshoe, WV | 🚙 ~7 hour drive from Columbia | 💰 $55-118 (lift tickets) + $35-40 (rentals) Okay this one may be a stretch for a reasonable road trip length – but trust me, it’s worth the drive. With 61 slopes, Snowshoe Mountain is the largest ski resort in the Southeast + there’s a large variety of slopes for all skill levels.
Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline 📍 Seven Devils, NC | 🚙 ~3 hour 30 minute drive from Columbia | 💰 $33+ Balance not your strong suit? Hawksnest has over 30 lanes for snow tubing that range from 400-1,000 feet long, making it the largest tubing park on the East Coast. Plus, over 20 ziplines span over four miles, with some as long as 2,000 feet.
Disclaimer: many resorts are offering limited availability of lift tickets + requiring advanced purchases this year to prevent overcrowding in light of COVID-19. We recommend checking individual resort websites for updated protocol information + case counts in nearby areas before booking a trip.
Development ○ According to projections from SCDOT, the I-20 road work in Lexington Countyis expected to be completed by Dec. 23, 2021 and barriers removed by September. Currently, the project is approx. 80% complete + once finished, will have ten miles of new interstate lanes. The $102 million project began in Nov. 2019. (The State)
Coronavirus ○ A new visitation policyis in effect at Lexington Medical Center due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in South Carolina. Under the new policy, patients are allowed one visitor per day between 8 a.m. and noon seven days a week. Visitors are not permitted for COVID-19 patients and those under 18. (WLTX) ○ According to a White House report, South Carolinahas the ninth highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the nation at 19.7%. (WIS)
Gov ○ Richland County Councilman Paul Livingston was re-elected as Chair on Tuesday during the Council’s first 2021 meeting. Councilwoman Yvonne McBride was elected to serve as Vice Chair. (ABC Columbia)
State ○ Thomas Clark Phillip, Jr.was named the acting director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services yesterday by Gov. Henry McMaster. This follows the resignation of current SCDHHS Director Joshua Baker, which goes into effect Jan. 11. (Midlands Biz)
Biz ○ Four QuikTrip locations in the Midlands are now offering safe places for youth in need of help after partnering with Safe Place and Palmetto Place Children and Youth Services. Youth in need of assistance can stand in a designated Safe Place area while QuikTrip employees contact Palmetto Place for help. Participating locations include Two Notch Rd., Blythewood, Lexington and Orangeburg. (The State)
Legacy ○ Earlier this week, Harvest Hope CEO Wendy Broderickpassed away after battling a “significant health challenge.” Broderick led the organization since May 2019. A memorial fund has been set up in her honor, which can be donated to here. (Cola Daily)
WaterCooler ○ Gamecock Football and East Carolina Universityhave postponed their originally scheduled 2020 game for the 2027 season. The two teams were scheduled to play each other prior to the onset of COVID-19 + the SEC switching to a conference-only schedule. (The State)
Number ○ 14,000+. The number of active users Soda City Certified® has gained since its launch on Jan. 6, 2020. The app helps both residents and visitors explore Columbia and surrounding areas. Entries for businesses and the Who’s Who spotlight are now being accepted for 2021.
Home ○ Raise your hand if you got a whopping energy bill this month. (Same.) From installing a smart thermostat to replacing your air filters, here are 8 easy-to-execute tips for reducing your heating costs this winter. ☀️Ⓟ
Digs ○ From the picturesque rooftop + patios to the cozy common areas to the fresh, restaurant-style meals in the bistro,there’s a lot going on both inside + outside the walls of Merrill Gardens. Ⓟ
Talk about a transformation – this year, Lexington Medical Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary. When the hospital opened in 1971, it employed 250, had 125 beds + was four stories tall. Today, Lexington Medical has expanded quite a bit with over 7,000 employees and 550 beds.
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Talk ○ The Color of Law: Session Two| Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Explore the concepts discussed in the book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, alongside the City of Columbia. 📚
Show ○ Robert Gardiner Quartet | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 8-10 p.m. | Main Course | Free | Listen to the finest in straight-ahead jazz followed by an old fashioned jazz jam session with guest musicians. 🎷 ○ J. Stephens Live Music | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6-10 p.m. | Steel Hands Brewing | Free | Enjoy an evening of live music and cold beer at the outdoor beer garden. 🎶
Dish ○ Wurst Wagen @ WECO | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 4-8 p.m. | WECO Bottle & Biergarten | Free | Spend your Thursday night munching on German delights. 🌭
Arts ○ Free First Thursday| Thurs., Jan. 7 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art | Free | Enjoy free admission + extended hours to explore the Visions from India: 21st-Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection and Islands Nations and Lands Divided one last time. 🎟️
TryThis ○ Cuban Night | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 4 p.m. | The Grand | Free | Get ready to feel like you’re in Havana while you snack on Cuban sandwiches, sip on Mojitos and dance. 🍹
Active ○ Free Yoga| Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6-7 p.m. | CrossFit Creed, 14 Quality Ct. | Free | Bring your mat and a drink and the instructor will provide the sweat sesh. 🧘♀️
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.