For many people in the mountains, a foot of snow can hinder them from getting to work and earning a paycheck. For others, their very livelihood is dependent on powdery fresh snow. Winter sports are a big draw for outdoor enthusiasts, and resorts across Western North Carolina depend on that enthusiasm.
Have you ever visited the many ski slopes nestled into the WNC mountains? This winter, we challenge you to check them out for yourself! Here are three thrilling reasons to try skiing in Western North Carolina this winter:
1. You can beat the winter blues without turning blue.
We are so fortunate in Western North Carolina to be able to truly enjoy all four seasons. With so many outdoor sports available across the region, there’s no need to stay inside just because it’s cold outside. Sports like skiing and snowboarding thrive in our mountains, but without the bitter temperatures felt in the North. Yes, the slopes are generally about twenty degrees chillier than temperatures in town. But with average January temperatures in the mid 30s, it’s easier to enjoy the frost without the frostbite.
2. Ski season lasts longer than you think!
Did you know that ski season in Western North Carolina lasts as long as 140 days? It seems crazy to suggest that more than a third of the year in a state so far south of the Mason-Dixon line could be devoted to winter sports, but it’s true! And, this season, the best is still yet to come. Peak skiing usually occurs from Christmas through February. If you want to beat the crowds, know that midweek is best and the busiest times are usually Christmas week and Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
3. There’s a little something for everyone.
Whether you’ve never played in snow before or you’re a seasoned skiing professional, there is something for you on the slopes of WNC. For newbies, area resorts offer guided lessons and equipment rentals. For powder pros, some runs, like those around Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, are among the most challenging in the Southeast! So, challenge your skills or get out there and enjoy a fun afternoon with the family. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it.
Ready to hit the slopes?
Grab your knit hat and leg warmers! It’s time to go skiing. Check out these ski and snow sport locations within just a few hours of Asheville. Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below.
Appalachian Ski Mountain
940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock | (828) 295-7828 | appskimtn.com
Beech Mountain Ski Resort
1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain | (800) 438-2093 | beechmountainresort.com
Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley | (828) 926-0285 | cataloochee.com
Hawksnest Snow Tubing
2058 Skyland Drive, Seven Devils | (828) 963-6561 | hawksnesttubing.com
Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing Park
9472 NC-181, Newland | (828) 733-4155 | jonasridgesnowtube.com
Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park
5865 Willow Road, Hendersonville | (828) 696-0333 | moonshinemountain.com
Sapphire Valley Resort
127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire | (828) 743-7663 | sapphirevalley.com
Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain | (828) 898-4521 | skisugar.com
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill | (828) 689-4111 | skiwolfridgenc.com