North Carolina Ski Resorts near Asheville

Ski Slopes and Resorts near Asheville

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 the eastern United States, 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.

November 13, 2017 Update: Weather forecast is looking cold with possible snow in the highest elevations by Thanksgiving Weekend. Cataloochee Ski may open by this Sunday. Beech hopes to open Nov 24th. Cold weather may stay around a while, meaning an early ski season for a change. 

Ski & Snowboard near Asheville

Beech Mountain Ski Resort
Beech Mountain Ski Resort
As the highest ski and snowboard area in the eastern US, ride 15 slopes on 95 acres. There are plenty of runs for every skill level, with a vertical drop of 830 feet and 80+ inches of annual snow. The Alpine Village has ice skating, brewery and even a mountaintop bar. Snow tubing and terrain park. Ski vacation packages and lessons.
Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley, NC
Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley
Located at 5,400 ft. in the Great Smoky Mountains, their 18 slopes have 100% snowmaking with 3 lifts on 50 acres. Ski and snowboard rentals, packages, kids & adult school and nearby tubing park. Gentle slopes for novices while seasoned experts take on Upper Omigosh. Located 40 miles west of Asheville in scenic Maggie Valley.
Sapphire Valley Ski Resort
Sapphire Valley Ski Resort
Located near Cashiers, this small ski area is great for beginners and families, with a 1,600-ft. main run and a beginner slope. It's home to the Outhouse Races in February. Also, find a tube park, restaurant and zip lines. It's part of a larger resort with condo rentals and other amenities. 
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
The closest ski resort to downtown Asheville with 15 runs, terrain park and 4 lifts. Lift ticket specials: Tuesdays are BOGO, on Wednesdays 1/2 off for women and on Thursday nights college students $15. Located in Madison County just 5 miles from I-26, 30 minutes north of Asheville
Ski Package
Ski & Stay Special, Beech Mountain
Take a midweek ski trip and save! Stay two nights (Sun-Thurs) in an condo or inn and get a lift ticket for two (Mon-Fri). As always, the slopes are open as weather allows. Special available through March 23, 2018, excludes Dec 18-Jan 1, Jan. 15 & Feb. 19.
Rate: $119/person, double occupancy

Events

Beech Mtn Beer Festival
Winterfest Beer Festival
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Sample 50 beers and ciders from North Carolina breweries at Beech Mountain ski resort, 4-8 PM. Live music and shuttle. Great way to end a day on the slopes. 
Beech Mtn Ski
Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend
Thursday, February 22, 2018 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
Beech Mountain Ski Resort will bend the space-time continuum for a righteously rad celebration with live 80s music nightly, retro skiing daily and plenty of throwback activities in between.

Ski & Snowboard Tips for NC

  • Since our winter weather can change quickly, check the current conditions and weather forecast at the resort before you go. It can be warm and raining one day, and frigid with fresh powder the next.
  • If you are not experienced, there are plenty of options for lessons. Check with the resort. And, you can rent equipment at the resorts to test drive.
  • If possible, ski midweek for better deals and many fewer people.
  • Check road conditions if you don't have four-wheel drive. Since our slopes are usually at higher elevations, roads may be very clear in the valley but snow covered at the resort.
  • Dress in layers so you can easily add or remove with temperature changes. An outer shell of windproof, waterproof or water-resistant is a must. Wear waterproof gloves and hat.
  • Even in the winter, sunscreen is highly recommended, along with lip balm and eye protection, especially on sunny days when reflection off the snow can be blinding.
  • Goggles help during rain, snow and snow-making.
  • Cover exposed skin to protect against frostbite during extreme cold.
  • Don't overdo. Take breaks to refuel and rest.
  • We seldom have enough snow for cross-country skiing. The best place to go is Roan Mountain (read more).
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