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 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. 

Ski & Snowboard near Asheville

Beech Mountain Ski Resort
Beech Mountain Ski Resort
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. Mountaintop bar. See our Beech Mtn Winter Guide with packages and events. Snow tubing and ice skating too!
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
The closest ski resort to downtown Asheville with 82 acres of ski terrain, 22 runs with 5 ski lifts. Lift ticket specials: Tuesday BOGO, Wednesday Women 1/2 price, Thursday night college students $15. Located in Madison County just 5 miles from I-26 - 30 minutes north of Asheville
Snow Tubing
Snow Tubing at Beech Mountain
The new state-of-the-art snow tubing park at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort adds to the fun there. Enjoy long runs, then take the magic carpet back to the top. It's adjacent to the ice skating rink.
Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley, NC
Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley, NC
This winter playground nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains features smooth, gentle slopes for novices while seasoned experts face the steepness found on Upper Omigosh. Located 40 miles west of downtown Asheville.
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-foot 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. 

Events

Beech Mtn Beer Festival
Winterfest Beer Festival
Saturday, January 7, 2017
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 23, 2017 to Sunday, February 26, 2017
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 re-fuel and to rest.
  • We seldom have enough snow for cross country skiing. The best place to go is Roan Mountain (read more).
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