While winters are usually on the mild side in the city of Asheville, it's a different story at nearby ski resorts in western North Carolina. Since we have the highest mountains in eastern USA, you will find plenty of snow, either natural or man-made. Temperatures often run 20 degrees cooler on the slopes than in Asheville, so get ready!
Our favorite spot is Beech Mountain, since it receives some of the most natural snow each winter. And they have great packages in the "highest town in eastern America." Their Ski & Stay Package in December through March includes two nights in a cabin, rental house, inn or condo (on Sunday-Thursday nights) and one free lift ticket per person for Beech Mountain Resort to ski on Monday-Friday. All for just $99/person, excluding holidays. For more info, go to the Beech Mountain Web site.
Ski & Snowboard near Asheville
More North Carolina Ski Resorts & Snow Tubing Parks
Sugar Mountain Resort, Banner Elk, 20 slopes, 5 lifts
Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock, 9 slopes, 5 lifts
Hawksnest Winter Resort, Seven Devils, largest NC snow tubing park
Ski Sapphire Valley, Sapphire / Cashiers, ski area consists of a 1600 foot main run with a vertical drop of 200 feet, complete with a state-of-the-art quad-lift, a learning center slope and a multiple lane tube park.