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! If you don't ski or snowboard, go snow tubing.
2016: Beech Mtn opened for Thanksgiving weekend but closed until colder weather arrives. Beech and Wolf Ridge plan to reopen December 10th when plenty of cold air and some natural snow arrives. Others will open that weekend or shortly after.
Ski & Snowboard near Asheville
Rate: $119/person, double occupancy
Rates: From $129/night
More North Carolina Ski Resorts & Snow Tubing Parks
Sugar Mountain Resort, Banner Elk, 21 slopes with 125 acres of skiable terrain and 6 lifts. 15 slopes are lit for night skiing and snowboarding. Tubing also.
Hawksnest Snow Tubing, Seven Devils, largest North Carolina snow tubing park - located near Linville and Grandfather Mountain
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. Zip lines too!