Even in the Southeast, skiers and snowboarders can get their fix of snowy adventure on the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. The closest mountain to Asheville, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is the local’s favorite. Ski the Wolf and explore 62 acres of slopes that is blanketed with an average of 60-80 inches of snow per year.
Cataloochee Ski Area calls itself ‘the home of great skiing and snowboarding in the Great Smoky Mountains.’ Five lifts, varied terrain, and phenomenal views are just a quick fifty-minute drive from town.
Rookies will love the “Slide in Five” beginner’s package that includes lessons, lift tickets, and a free pair of skis. Just a scenic hour and forty minute drive from Asheville, Sugar Mountain Resort boasts the highest vertical drops and largest amount of skiable terrain in Western North Carolina. With plenty of on-sight lodging and alternative activities like snow tubing, ice skating, and snow shoe tours, Sugar Mountain guarantees fun for the whole family.