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.

Outhouse Races Sapphire Valley Ski Resort

Sapphire Valley Ski Resort in Cashiers hosts the Outhouse Races (February 19, 2022) where you can cheer on drivers as they hilariously navigate their homemade outhouses down the slopes. 

Ski & Snowboard near Asheville

Beech Mountain Ski Resort
Beech Mountain Ski Resort
As the highest ski and snowboard area in the eastern US, ride 17 slopes on 95 acres. Find runs for every skill levels, 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.
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. 
Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley
Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley
Located at 5,400 ft. in the Great Smoky Mountains, their 18 slopes have 100% snowmaking with 5 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.
Wolf Lodge Ski Resort
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
The closest ski resort to downtown Asheville with 15 runs, a terrain park, and 4 lifts. Located in Madison County just 5 miles from I-26, 30 minutes north of Asheville.
Banner Elk Ski Town
Banner Elk Ski Town
The cool small town high in the Blue Ridge Mountains is basecamp for winter fun on the slopes, adjacent to two of the largest ski resorts in the South - Sugar & Beech Mountains. Near Hawksnest Tubing. Restaurants, breweries and places to stay.
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Outhouse Races
Outhouse Races
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Head over to Sapphire Valley Ski Resort in Cashiers to cheer the drivers of the hilarious homemade outhouses down the slopes.

Ski & Snowboard Tips for NC

  • The peak ski season is usually Christmas through February. Slopes often open as early as Thanksgiving weekend. The busiest times are usually Christmas week and Martin Luther King Birthday weekend.
  • 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. During snowstorms, four-wheel drive or tire chains are required to reach most resorts.
  • 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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