Six great ski resorts within a 2-hour drive of Asheville, North Carolina give local skiers and snowboard enthusiasts plenty of options
Winter is fairly mild in Asheville, but it’s a whole different story at nearby ski resorts. The Asheville area offers a number of exciting skiing and snowboarding opportunities, with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains providing an unforgettable backdrop at every destination. The highest mountains east of the Rockies are found here, and get plenty of snow, either man-made or natural. So, when temperatures drop, Asheville’s outdoors enthusiasts hit the slopes, driving no more than two hours to reach the tallest mountains and biggest resorts in the Southeast. Below is a list of the ski resorts in the Asheville area.
Within 45 Minutes
This winter playground nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains is known for its breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. Smooth, gentle slopes give provide the novice skier with elbowroom, while intermediate skiers and snowboarders will find plenty of challenges and seasoned experts pit themselves against the steep descent from Upper Omigosh. The scenic Cataloochee reosrt is located just 40 miles west of downtown Asheville.
Location: Maggie Valley, NC
Phone: 828-926-0285 or 800-768-0285
16 slopes, 3 lifts, 1 rope tow, 1 magic carpet lift
Skiing and snowboarding
Vertical drop 740 feet
Just a short half-hour drive away, Wolf Ridge ski resort is the closest to downtown Asheville. While you ski or snowboard, you’ll enjoy unmatched views, crisp mountain air, and well-groomed slopes on 82 acres of ski terrain. Ski 22 exciting runs with 5 ski lifts (2 quad chairs, 2 double chairs and 1 surface lift) and relax in two ski lodges with rental services, food and large wood burning fireplaces!
Location: Mars Hill, NC
Phone: 828-689-4111 or 800-817-4111
22 slopes, 5 lifts, tubing off site
Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing
Vertical drop 700 feet
Within 2 hours
With its premier French Swiss Ski College, 10 great slopes, and 3 terrain areas, Appalachian Ski Resort is a fantastic place enjoyed by beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders alike. It’s also conveniently located in the midst of many unique Boone and Blowing Rock attractions.
Location: Blowing Rock, NC
10 slopes, 5 lifts
Skiing, snowboarding and ice skating
Vertical drop 365 feet
This resort is an excellent place for beginners and children to get introduced to the sport or for an out-of-practice skier to get their ‘snow legs’ back under them. A premium is placed on the surrounding amenities, such as the huge recreation center that offers an indoor pool, hot tubs, saunas, fitness center, mini golf, an arcade and more.
Location: Sapphire, NC
2 slopes, 1 lift, 1 tube lane
Skiing and snowboarding and tubing
Vertical drop 200 feet
Ski Beech resort has the only high-speed quad lift in North Carolina with a panoramic vista. These views make the ride up as much fun as skiing down the double-sided mountain. For snowboarding, Beech has two terrain parks with something for every level of rider, and they host many competitions each winter. The mile-high village has some fun restaurants and plenty of local lodging options on top of the mountain, including condos, cabins and inns.
Location: Beech Mountain, NC
15 slopes, 9 lifts
Skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and ice skating
Vertical drop of 830 feet
Located in the beautiful Village of Sugar Mountain, this is North Carolina’s largest ski resort. Accommodating all levels, from beginners to experts, they offer a wide range of slopes and trails. The entire area is picturesque, with some of the most dramatic panoramic views from atop their mountain. The ride to the top is notoriously slow; however, it is worth every minute to experience some of the best views in the region.
Location: Banner Elk, NC
Phone: 828-898-4521 or 800-784-2768
20 slopes and trails, 5 lifts, 4 tubing runs
Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoeing and ice skating
Vertical drop of 1200 feet
Note: The ski season of the Asheville region lasts from late November to early March.
Article: Annika Darling
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