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North Carolina Ski Resorts

Within just a few hours' drive from the North Carolina Triangle you can find both beaches and fun in the mountains including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, as well as zip lines. Highlighted below are some of the family-favorite North Carolina Ski Resorts, all of which offer family-friendly activities; ski and snowboarding lessons also are available.  (In addition to the NC snow ski resorts, Snowshoe in West Virginia and Wintergreen in Virginia are located within a 4-5 hours drive from the North Carolina Triangle.)


Appalachian Ski Mountain, NC
(Blowing Rock, North Carolina)

Location: Between Blowing Rock and Boone.
Highlights: 12 slopes on 27 acres for skiing
Three terrain aprks with 60+ features
Peak Elevation: 4,000 feet
Vertical Drop: 365 feet
Additional fun/attractions: Ice Arena

Located in Northwestern North Carolina (in Blowing Rock, NC, also near Boone, NC) Appalachian Ski Mountain, NC offers skiing fun for the whole family.  Appalachian features North Carolina's Only Official Burton Learn To Ride Center (offering snowboarding lessons by Burton and the French Swiss Ski College.)  Check out the interesting History of Appalachian Ski Mountain here.  Appalachian Ski Mountain offers children's programs for learning to ski as well as snowboarding programs for kids: learn more about Children's Ski and Snowboarding Programs.  Check out the Appalachian Ski Mountain's "First-Timer's Guide" for the scoop on skiing and mountain activities at Applachian Ski Mountain.  Appalachian Ski Mountain is located at 940 Ski Mountain Rd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, tel. 828-295-7828 or 800-322-2373.


Beech Mountain Resort, NC

Location: Beech Mountain (near Banner Elk).
Highlights: 16 trails with two freestyle terrain areas on 95 skiable acres
Peak Elevation: 5,506 feet
Vertical Drop: 830 feet
Additional fun/attractions: Ice Arena, Tubing Park

With an elevation of 5, 506 feet, Beech Mountain in Avery County, North Carolina is "Eastern America's highest town," With its new snowboarding terrain park, tubing run and high-speed quad lift Beech Mountain offers lots of winter snow fun! For more info visit  The Beech Mountain Resort is located at 1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain, NC 28604, tel. 1-800-438-2093 or 1-828-387-2011.  For lodging visit (Top of the Beech Inn); for more lodging options visit


Cataloochee Ski Area,  NC
(Great Smoky Mountains, Haywood County, North Carolina)

Location: Maggie Valley.
Highlights: 18 trails, including Cat Cage Terrain Park, on 50 skiable acres
Peak Elevation: 5,400 feet
Vertical Drop: 740 feet
Additional fun/attractions: (NEARBY attraction) Tube World

"For almost 50 years, skiers and riders have enjoyed not only 16 exciting slopes and trails but a friendly and helpful atmosphere that makes the Cataloochee experience truly unique. This combination of exciting and challenging terrain, breathtaking vistas and soaring freedom are rarely found on the East Coast. . . . Located mile high in the mountains of Western North Carolina, [Cataloochee] is the home of ?Great Skiing in the Great Smokies!?  1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, North Carolina 28751. Tel. 828-926-0285; toll free: 800-768-0285.  In January 2011, check out the "Kids Ski Free, Kids Stay Free" promotion at


Sapphire Valley Ski Resort, NC

Location: Sapphire (near Cashiers)
Highlights: 2 slopes; 8 skiable acres
Peak Elevation: 3,400 feet
Vertical Drop: 200 feet
Additional fun/attractions: Frozen Falls Tube Park, Zip-Line Tours

Sapphire Valley offers "Affordable Skiing and Snowboarding for the Entire Family" at its 5,700 acre four-season resort nestled in a pristine mountain valley high in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains (average elevation of 3,400 feet). Sapphire Valley skiing consists of two downhill runs, one featuring a run 1600 feet in length and a vertical drop of 200 feet, and a good sized bunny hill. New in 2010-2011 is the Sapphire Valley "Frozen Falls Tube Park", a two-lane tube park featuring 500 feet of frozen slops and a 60-foot vertical drop.)  Sapphire Valley Ski Area 67 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire, NC 28774 tel. 828-743-7663.


Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, NC
(minutes from Blowing Rock, Boone and Banner Elk, North Carolina)

Location: Sugar Mountain (near Banner Elk)
Highlights: 21 slopes + terrain park on 125 skiable acres
Peak Elevation: 5,300 feet
Vertical Drop: 1,200 feet
Additional fun/attractions: Snowshoeing, Tubing, Ice Skating

North Carolina's largest ski and snow boarding resort boasting a 5,300 foot elevation, Sugar Mountain offers lots of winter fun on 115 acres of ski and snowboard terrain, with a 1,200 foot drop  as well as guided snowshoe tours, tubing, and ice skating.  For lodging options visit  Located at 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive within the Village of Sugar Mountain in. Avery County, North Carolina.  The Village of Sugar Mountain is only minutes from Blowing Rock, Boone and Banner Elk, NC.


Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, NC
(Western North Carolina, 30 minutes from Asheville, NC)

Location: Mars Hill
Highlights: 15 runs + terrain park on 17 skiable acres
Peak Elevation: 4,700 feet
Vertical Drop: 700 feet
Additional fun / snow, ski & ice attractions: Tubing Park

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort features skiing, snow boarding, and tube runs (and offers ski and snow boarding lessons). For lodging visit Scenic Wolf Resort at  Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is located at 578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill, NC 28754, tel. 828-689-4111 or 800-817-4111



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