What We’re Up To This Winter

Owner Michael Hampton, raft guide Jes Paulino, photographer Matt Huggins and River Manager Ed Ballard
Owner Michael Hampton, raft guide Jes Paulino, photographer Matt Huggins and River Manager Ed Ballard

In the season of the Polar Vortex only the most die-hard adventurers are going ziplining, and rafting in this weather is pretty much out of the question. So what’s a poor guide to do to keep the ramen noodles on the table and the biodiesel fuel in their VW bus? Work another seasonal job of course!

It’s ski season here in the mountains and if you’re looking for the French Broad Rafting and Ziplines Staff, there’s no better place to look than the slopes. Running the Ski School and Sales Office at a local mountain means that the owners of FBRZ get to spend the winter with their favorite hippies. A large portion of the veteran staff work as instructors, ski patrollers, lift operators, rental techs and snowmakers.

Zipline and raft guide Justin Weas
Zipline and raft guide Justin Weas

When you hear our staff say they are “professional guides”, this is what they mean – they have chosen the Great Outdoors as their profession. They do it year-round and they are committed to being the best at what they do. They don’t have another “real job” – this IS their real job.

So once the ground has frozen over and you need an ice-breaker to get down river – strap on some skis, head up hill and come see us – we’d love to teach you to ride!