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  • First snow dust of the year! Where to enjoy snow sports near Asheville

    Sunday, November 13, 2022   /   by Amy Brown

    First snow dust of the year! Where to enjoy snow sports near Asheville

    We were treated to a small dusting last night!
    This picture was taken from my back porch in the Beaverdam valley.

    With winter approaching, let's take a look at where you can enjoy snow sports 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.

    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.


    Sugar Mountain Ski Resort


    Sugar Mountain Resort features 125 acres of skiable terrain. The 20 slopes are serviced by 1 High Speed Detachable Six Passenger Chairlift, 2 High Speed Detachable Four Passenger Chairlifts, 1 Fixed Grip Four Passenger Chairlift, 2 Fixed Grip Double Chairlifts, 1 Handle Tow (Terrain Park), 2 Magic Carpets (1 – beginner area, 1 – Tubing). 14 of the slopes are lit for night skiing/snowboarding. They also offer snow tubing and ice skating.

    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.
    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.


    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.

    If possible, ski midweek for better deals and many fewer people.

    We seldom have enough snow for cross-country skiing. The best place to go is Roan Mountain.