Last Updated on May 3, 2021
Last Updated on May 3, 2021
If you plan to visit Western NC, please check beforehand to see if the area is safe following the recent flooding. Officials have closed some sections of Pisgah National Forest (including Forest Heritage Scenic Byway and Blue Ridge Parkway stops) to keep visitors out of danger. Please respect signage and local guidance.
Whether it’s winter or summer, we always think it’s a good time to share the best ski resorts in North Carolina. We didn’t forget about snow tubing, either!
Grab your snow bibs and mittens and get ready to hit the slopes at the best places to go skiing and tubing. Most are nestled in the High Country near Boone and Blowing Rock (also, Banner Elk!) or further west in the mountains around Asheville.
Regardless of location, all of them are waiting for you to come and enjoy some snowy fun, so join us for this fun wintry roundup!
This post is part of our series on all the awesome places to visit in Western North Carolina.
Some Notes for Skiing in North Carolina
- If you’ve never skied, we recommend taking lessons before getting on the slopes of these ski resorts in North Carolina. All of these places have incredibly skilled instructors who will make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
- Bring or rent your equipment and make sure it is adjusted correctly.
- Dress in layers from top to bottom.
- Waterproof gloves help! These are especially useful when it comes to kids.
- If you are tired, be sure to take a break. Fatigue leads to most injuries.
- If you’re looking for a place to stay, check out our guides covering places to stay near Asheville and Boone Airbnbs! These unique rentals give us the privacy we need as a family but keeps us close enough to the action to enjoy these ski resorts and beyond.
North Carolina Ski Resorts
Appalachian Ski Mountain (Blowing Rock)
This ski resort in North Carolina’s High Country features 12 slopes for beginners to advanced skiers. There are three beginner, six intermediate, and three advanced trails with a peak elevation of 4,000 feet.
In addition to its 27 acres and 12 slopes, Appalachian Ski Mountain also boasts an ice rink for more outdoor winter fun!
Reservations are required starting in 2020 for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and equipment rentals.
Beech Mountain Resort (Beech Mountain)
Beech Mountain Resort is the second largest of our ski resorts in North Carolina, with 95 acres. It’s also the highest elevation resort on the East Coast at 5,506 feet.
There are 17 slopes, a 700-foot long tubing park, and a village ice rink.
Unique to the ski industry, Beech Mountain’s glass roundhouse known as the “5,506′ Skybar” is accessible as you exit the chairlift. Named for its high elevation, a variety of snacks, beautiful views, and a complete bar await here.
Cataloochee Ski Area (Maggie Valley)
Cataloochee Ski Area is one of the best places to ski in North Carolina for beginners. With 18 slopes spanning 50 acres, they feature eight beginner, seven intermediate, and three advanced trails.
Hit Tube World and Wee Bowl Snowplay Area for the kids or join a class at The Cataloochee Snow School. Their snow school also includes an adaptive ski program for adults and children.
A unique feature to Cataloochee Ski Area is the NASTAR and Recreational Racing program, a public racing program allowing racers of all ages and abilities to compare themselves with each other across the world.
Skiing at Cataloochee is one of the most popular things to do in Maggie Valley, but our guide shares even more!
Ski Sapphire Valley (Sapphire)
While there are only two trails, one beginner and one intermediate, at Ski Sapphire Valley, many still find it to be a great place for skiing in North Carolina! A short vertical drop of only 200 feet means it’s perfect for families to work on perfecting their forms!
Sapphire Valley is also one of the most southern ski areas in the United States, making it ideal for those coming from Charlotte, Atlanta, and throughout the South. The park also boasts a 500-foot tube park.
Sugar Mountain Resort (Sugar Mountain)
Of all the ski resorts in North Carolina, Sugar Mountain is the largest, with 125 acres of skiable area, 21 slopes, a tubing park, an ice skating rink, and a public racing program. All these features make this the ultimate winter getaway, but there’s even more.
In case you’re not staying in one of our favorite Airbnbs in the area, Sugar Mountain also has beautiful rentals.
If you’re looking for something unique and new to do, then book a snowshoe experience! It can range from a casual walk to an intense workout–each tour is customizable and a great way to explore Sugar Mountain!
If you’re thinking about a December visit, then you’re in luck because of the annual fun found at Sugarfest.
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort (Mars Hill)
Dropping 700 feet and with the longest run hitting 3,700 feet, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Mars Hill offers plenty of winter fun. Located just 30 minutes north of Asheville, Wolf Ridge has plenty of cabin rentals which are perfect before and after your day out on the slopes.
Speaking of which, you have 15 slopes to choose from and a snow tubing park for fun with the kids.
Of course, If you are looking for some more rentals, check out our list of unique places to stay near Asheville!
Snow Tubing in North Carolina
Hawksnest Resort (Seven Devils)
Hawksnest Resort in Seven Devils (near Otter Falls) is one of our favorite places to spend a weekend in winter! It’s the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast and this resort also has one of the longest zip lines in the nation!
There are four dedicated tubing areas spread over 30 lanes that range in length from 400 feet to 1,000 feet. Their zipline course covers more than four miles and is typically open throughout the year!
Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing Park (Jonas Ridge)
Have you ever gone tubing at night? If not, then Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing Park has five lanes that are perfect for sliding down as the sun starts to set.
Take the conveyor belt back up to the top and keep on sliding down as much as your heart desires!
Jonas Ridge is a bit of an outlier from the rest of our ski resorts and snow tubing parks, but it’s still in a great spot. This place sits in Burke County, about 40 minutes from Morganton and 10 minutes from Linville Falls.
Ready to Visit these Ski Resorts in North Carolina?
Whether you are looking to enjoy some family fun or you’re a powder hound, North Carolina has some incredible places to go skiing and tubing. Hopefully, you can enjoy these wonderful ski resorts and areas, but always remember to make memories first!
Of all these ski resorts and snow tubing parks, we’d love to know where you’ll be buying tickets to first. Let us know here in the comments or by email. Either way, we’d love to keep the conversation going!