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
As the highest ski and snowboard area in the eastern U.S., they offer 15 slopes on 95 acres of skiable area. There are plenty of runs for every skill level, and with a vertical drop of 830 feet and more than 80 inches of annual snowfall. See See Beech Ski packages and events. With excellent skiing (day or night) and a charming Alpine Village filled with intriguing shops, ice skating, tempting restaurants and more, they offer a winter wonderland of fun and activities.
This ski resort is the closest to downtown Asheville. When you ski or snowboard, you’ll enjoy unmatched views, crisp mountain air, well-groomed slopes and some new places to explore 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 to warm by! They are in Madison County just 5 miles from I-26 at Exit 3 - 30 minutes from downtown.
This winter playground is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. Smooth, gentle slopes gives the novices the elbowroom. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders find plenty of action, while seasoned experts can face the steepness found on Upper Omigosh. Located 40 miles west of downtown 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.