Where to Find the Best Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing in NC

Where to Find the Best Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing in NC

Winter is just around the corner. That means it’s time to hit the slopes. While North Carolina doesn’t have the staggering peaks and legendary runs of the Rockies, it does have several resorts that offer plenty of fun. Whether you want skiing, snowboarding or tubing in NC, you’ve got options.

Beech Mountain — The Highest Ski Resort in the East

Scraping 5,505 feet at its peak, Beech Mountain Ski Resort tops the list of highest ski resorts in the eastern U.S. While the runs are fairly short, there are 17 of them. A recent chairlift upgrade also means you’ll hardly ever see a line.

skiing NC Beech Mountain Resort
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In addition, Beech boasts some of the best snow for consistent NC skiing throughout the season. The resort’s mountaintop 360° sky bar might even be worth a trip on its own — it’s the spot for you to have a drink over incredible panoramic views overlooking western NC and Tennessee. Beech Mountain Resort also features a tubing park and an ice skating rink.

Consider staying in a former Wizard of Oz theme park while you’re there. If that’s not exactly your cup of tea (or if it’s all booked up), the village of Beech Mountain is a fun mountain community with its own microbrewery and plenty to do. Banner Elk, a picturesque mountain getaway, has lodging just at the bottom of the mountain, too.

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort — Best in NC for Advanced Skiing

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort holds the largest ski area and the largest vertical drop in North Carolina. It also has the most varied terrain in the state. However, what truly sets Sugar Mountain apart is that its skiing has the most advanced runs in the entire region.

Sugar Mountain is the place to go for advanced skiing in NC.
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If not everyone in your group likes skiing and snowboarding, Sugar Mountain also has options for tubing, ice skating and even snowshoeing.

The resort is also a shorter drive from the Triangle and Triad (compared to Beech Mountain). In addition, it has more slopes and more options than Appalachian Ski Mountain. Look for rentals on Sugar Mountain or in nearby Banner Elk for a convenient stay.

Cataloochee — Unbeatable Skiing in NC Scenery

One of two NC skiing and snowboarding spots closer to Asheville, Cataloochee Ski Area is famous for its breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Located in Maggie Valley, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better scenery for your ski lift ride.

Cataloochee provides incredible views while skiing in NC
Image courtesy of Cataloochee Ski Area.

If you’re itching to get out on the slopes early (or if you’re running a little late), Cataloochee might be your best bet. The resort has one of the longest skiing and snowboarding seasons in NC, thanks to extensive snowmaking efforts.

The area offers free skiing to seniors — something to consider if you’re bringing your older family members along. However, between free deals like that and the area’s proximity to Tennessee and South Carolina, expect Cataloochee to have crowds most weekends.

For lodging, Asheville is only an hour away. However, just next door to Cataloochee is the town of Maggie Valley. It’s cute, welcoming and home to a number of AirBnBs and other lodgings.

Appalachian Ski Mountain — A Great Place to Learn

Appalachian Ski Mountain is relatively close to Charlotte, the Triad and the Triangle. It’s also got gentle terrain and a friendly atmosphere — making it the perfect place for beginners and families.

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With only 27 acres of skiing area, it may be a little limited for experienced skiers. However, “App” does have three terrain parks for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

In addition to its laidback vibe, its close proximity to Boone makes Appalachian Ski Mountain an attractive choice for a good friends-and-family gathering, rather than just challenging skiing.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort — Family-Friendly Fun for Everyone

Small enough to be manageable, reasonably-priced and super-convenient for Asheville visitors, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is an excellent choice for families.

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The resort features 15 runs for skiing and snowboarding, along with a tubing hill just a mile away. Visitors can enjoy plenty of lodging nearby. However, with everything Asheville has to offer less than an hour away, it might be worth the drive to stay there instead.

With so many different options, it shouldn’t be hard to find the perfect spot for your next skiing, snowboarding or tubing trip in NC.

If you’ve decided to stay in Asheville, why not find somewhere great to eat? How about some fantastic reasons why you should try winter hiking? For more information and updates, stay tuned to North Carolina News Daily.