No matter if you have years of experience or it’s your first go, you’ll find several options for skiing near Asheville NC. The region’s climate usually allows for an extended ski season, which can run from late November through early March. Temperatures typically run about 20 degrees cooler on the slopes than in Asheville. Combine that with the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and ask yourself why wouldn’t you visit Asheville for skiing or snowboarding this season?
Grab your gear or rent it when you get here. Whether you ski, snowboard or just want to do some tubing, we suggest trying out one of these winter sports resorts and lodges.
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
When you ski Sugar Mountain, you’ll also have the opportunity to try ice skating, snowshoeing or tubing. The resort is located at 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, within the Village of Sugar Mountain in Avery County, North Carolina. It offers 115 acres of ski and snowboard terrain and a 1,200-foot vertical drop!
Appalachian Ski Mountain
Celebrating 50 years, Appalachian Ski Mountain is family owned and operated in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Guests will enjoy a roaring fire in the Lodge’s dining room, wireless internet, heated sidewalks, automatic doors, music on the slopes and seat pads on all of the lift chairs. The scheduled season is set for November 22, 2013 through March 23, 2014.
Wolf Laurel Ski Resort
In the picturesque Western North Carolina mountains (not too far outside of Asheville off Interstate 26), lies Wolf Ridge Ski Resort and Lodge. It’s great for first-timers as well as seasoned veterans. One of the premier snow sport resorts in the area, Wolf Laurel offers skiing and snowboarding for all skill levels and ages.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Family fun begins at Cataloochee Ski Area. Located in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, there are also multiple runs available at Tube World. Start planning your trip now.
Beech Mountain Resort
Ski, snowboard or ice skate on Beech Mountain. The resort opened in 1967 and is the highest ski area in Eastern America. It offers 95 skiable acres, with a 5,506-feet peak elevation. The resort has four restaurants, two sport shops, a full rental facility and wireless internet connection.
Sapphire Valley Resort
The average elevation at Sapphire Valley is 3,400-feet. The resort consists of a 1,600-foot main run with a vertical drop of 200-feet. It’s complete with a state of the art quad chair lift, the Ski Sapphire Learning Center and a 500-foot tube run.
These are just a few of the options for skiing near Asheville NC. As you start planning your trip to North Carolina this season, we invite you to reserve your stay at the Orchard Inn Bed & Breakfast.
If you’re coming from the north, you’ll descend through the lower mountains and valleys of the Blue Ridge to just below the village of Saluda, whose entire downtown area has been designated on the National Historic Register. From the south, you wind from the upper piedmont into the foothills; then, by the “old road,” a Scenic By-way,’ up through the Pacolet River gorge past rocky falls so close they mist your windshield. Either way, as you approach your Asheville bed and breakfast destination up the long winding driveway, the rest of the world falls away. Click here to view our rooms and rates. Your perfect mountaintop escape awaits.
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