2018.03.15 15:00 | Sean Carter
With the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains both nearby, Asheville, North Carolina, makes for one of the best places south of the Mason-Dixon Line for skiers and snowboarders to visit. Besides all of the great hotels in Asheville, NC, and other excellent Asheville lodging to choose from, this charming southern town also offers a great culture, fabulous cuisine, and a vibrant nightlife to keep you entertained while you’re not on the slopes.
The winters in downtown Asheville are typically mild, but the same can’t be said for the ski resorts in nearby western North Carolina, which features some of the highest mountain peaks in the eastern United States. There are many great ski resorts in the Asheville area to choose from. Here are a few:
Beech Mountain Ski Resort
This resort has the highest ski and snowboard mountain in the eastern U.S. and features 15 slopes across 95 acres. All skill levels are welcome, and the conjoined Alpine Village has ice skating, a bar, and a brewery.
Cataloochee Ski Area
This Great Smoky Mountains ski resort has 18 slopes and five lifts across 50 acres. The grounds include a tubing park and smaller slopes for novice skiers and snowboarders. However, those who are experienced on the slopes will enjoy taking on Upper Omigosh, the mountain’s expert run.
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
This is the closest ski resort to downtown Asheville and features 15 runs, four lifts, and a terrain park. The mountain often runs great specials but the temperatures aren’t always as cold at this location as some of the other resorts so skiing and snowboarding conditions may vary.
**Because of unseasonably warm weather this year, Beech Mountain Ski Resort and Wolf Ridge Ski Resort have been forced to close early for the season. Wolf Ridge is already closed and Beech Mountain will close Saturday, February 24, at 5 p.m.