Where to Ski, Snowboard and Tube Within a Short Drive


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Photo courtesy of Sugar Mountain Resort

Whether you're looking for a day-trip of winter fun or want to spend an entire weekend on the slopes, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia resorts offer many great options. Snow lovers in the Triangle can hit the slopes at 14 different ski and/or tubing resorts within a six-hour drive. Almost all offer programs for beginners and children, so even your young ones can enjoy these winter wonderlands.

Most resorts begin their season in late November and are open through mid-March. Be sure to check resort websites or call ahead for weather reports and slope closures. Take a look at the skiing, snowboarding and tubing resorts listed below. Pack the car with ski bibs, jackets and a thermos of hot chocolate for the drive and enjoy a snowy adventure!


Where to Ski or Snowboard in:

North Carolina

Appalachian Ski Mountain

940 Ski Mountain Rd., Blowing Rock
828-295-7828
Lift rates: $18-$70. Ages 5 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Late season discounted rates available mid-March.  
Number of slopes: Three easy, three more difficult and three most difficult (all slopes lighted for night skiing); three freestyle terrain parks.
Off the slopes: Outdoor ice rink; fully lighted for skating under the stars seven days a week.
Children's programs: Ski Wee and Cruiser Camps instructional programs designed for skiers ages 4-10 and snowboarders ages 7-12. Ski Wee is open daily and Cruiser Camp only on weekends and holidays. Nursery care available for ages 1-4; full day includes lunch; advanced reservations are required.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 3½ hours.


Beech Mountain

1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy., Beech Mountain
800-438-2093
Lift rates: $20-$80; ages 4 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Receive 25 percent off all lift tickets and rental equipment for select dates March 2019.
Number of slopes: Three easy, seven more difficult and four most difficult; two freestyle terrain parks. This season, enjoy two new chairlifts and even more slope lighting.
Off the slopes: Outdoor 7,000 square foot ice rink and a state-of-the art tubing park with chutes up to 700 feet in length. 
Children's programs: Private or group lessons ages 4 and up. Snow Kamp provides all day childcare with an introduction to a winter wonderland of activities for kids ages 3-5. Traxx is an all-day ski program for students ages 6-14. Burton Learn to Ride Center provides snowboarding lessons for ages 6-14. Nursery care available for ages 6 months to 3 years; snack, hot lunch, quiet crib room and large playroom included in price; reservations are recommended.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4 hours.

PHOTO taken at BEECH MOUNTAIN RESORT by kyle beckmann


Cataloochee Ski Area

1080 Ski Lodge Rd., Maggie Valley
800-768-0285
Lift rates: $21-$82; ages 4 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Adults 65 and over ski free. 
Number of slopes: Eight easy, seven more difficult and two most difficult; freestyle terrain park. All trails except one lighted for night skiing.
Off the slopes: Snow tubing at Tube World in Maggie Valley located four miles from the ski area.
Children's programs: Ski and snowboarding instruction available. Class lessons for ages 8 and up; private lessons for ages 3 and up. Half- and full-day programs available for ages 4-12. 
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 5 hours.



Photo courtesy of Cataloochee Ski Area


Sapphire Valley Ski Area

127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire, NC
828-743-7663
Lift rates: $21-$63
Number of slopes: Two slopes (one main intermediate run, one learning slope). Ideal for youth, beginners and families who would like to ski together.
Off the slopes: Snow tubing at Frozen Falls Tube Park at a 500-foot run with a 60-foot vertical drop. Winter zip line tours on the Vordach Zip Line Experience.  
Children's programs: Ski and snowboard group lessons for ages 5 and up. Private lessons and Ski School also available for ages 4 and up.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 5½ hours.


Sugar Mountain Resort

1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain
800-784-2768
Lift rates: $24-$75; ages 4 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Discounted pricing starts March 4, 2019.
Number of slopes: Seven easy, 10 more difficult and four most difficult; freestyle terrain park.
Off the slopes: 700 foot long tubing lanes; 10,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink.
Children's programs: Ski and snowboard group lessons available for ages 8 and up. Private lessons available for ages 4 and up. Sugar Bear Ski School program also available for children 5-10 and includes lift ticket, rental equipment, helmet, lessons, lunch and supervision. Polar Bear Snowboard School similar for ages 7-14. Child care available for ages 6 months and older; infants under 12 months old require a reservation (call 828-898-4521, ext. 240 for information).
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4 hours.



Photo courtesy of Sugar Mountain Resort


Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill
800-817-4111
Lift rates: $21-$78; ages 4 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Adults 65 and over free. 
Number of slopes: Four easy, nine intermediate, and two advanced.
Off the slopes: Snow tubing at Wolf Ridge Tube Run.
Children's programs: One-on-one ski or snowboard lessons available for ages 5 and older. Group lessons available for ages 8 and older.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4½ hours.


Virginia

The Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs
800-838-1766
Lift rates: Check website for pricing for hotel guests. Call 540-839-7721 for group discount information.
Number of slopes: 10 slopes, 45 acres for skiing and snowboarding.
Off the slopes: Penguin Slides Tubing Park and ice skating. 
Children's programs: The Rossignol Experience Center features award-winning experience skis with the latest ski innovations. Sepp Kober Ski School offers ski and snowboard instruction for 4 years and up. Private and group lessons available. Full- or half-day Little Penguins Program for ages 5-11. Advanced reservations required. Recognized as one of the top Beginner Friendly, Family Friendly and Most Challenging ski resorts in the Southeast by Best in Snow Awards.  
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4½ hours.



Photo courtesy of the Omni Homestead Resort


Wintergreen Resort

Route 664, Wintergreen
(Adjacent to Blue Ridge Parkway southwest of Charlottesville, Va.)
434-325-2100
Lift rates: $34-$99; ages five and younger ski free with ticketed adult.
Number of slopes: Six easiest, four more difficult, 12 most difficult, one expert only (14 lighted for night skiing); one terrain park.
Off the slopes: The Plunge tubing park, Ridgely's Fun Park for ages 3-11 (mini-tubing carousel, bear paw snow shoes, tunnels, a gentle hill for tubing), outdoor ice skating rink.
Children's programs: The Treehouse Kids Ski Programs for ages 3 and up; full- and half-day programs available, including Ridgely’s Rippers for 4-12 year-old skiers. Mountain Explorers for intermediate ski and snowboarding, ages 7-14; full- and half-day programs available. Group and private lessons available for all skill levels. Childcare programs for ages 2 ½ - 12; an approved babysitting list is available at the Front Desk, or call 434-325-2200.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4 hours.


West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort

10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe
877-441-4386

Lift rates: $49-$105. Children 4 and under ski for $10 with ticketed adult. One ticket allows access to three ski areas. For the best lift ticket rates, buy in advance online at least 72 hours in advance.
Number of slopes: 22 easier, 20 moderate, 13 more difficult, one expert only; three ski areas; five areas of freestyle terrain.
Off the slopes: Off-road Adventure tours, snowmobile tours, Coca-Cola Tube Park, indoor bounce park.
Children's programs: Terrain based learning for first-time skiers and snowboarders; full- and half-day ski and snowboard lessons for ages 4-12; group lessons for skiers and snowboarders ages 13 and up; Pre-Ski Play Center full- and half-day programs for children ages 2-4.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 6 hours.


Winterplace Ski Resort

100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road, Ghent
(Exit 28 off I-77, near Ghent and Flat Top, W.Va.)
800-607-7669
Lift rates: $23-$72. Children 4 and under ski free with ticketed adult. Purchase tickets online in advance for lowest prices.
Number of slopes: 12 easiest, 11 more difficult, four most difficult; two terrain parks.
Off the slopes: Largest snow tubing park in W.Va. including two lifts; children must be at least 44 inches tall.
Children's programs: SkiWee and Snow Explorers programs teach skiing and snowboarding to ages 4-12; full- and half-day programs available with terrain based learning. Ski School group lessons for ages 6 and up; private lessons also available. Frostie's Kinder Care is available for 6 months to 3 years old.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4½ hours.



Photo courtesy of Winterplace Ski Resort


Snow Tubing Resorts

If you prefer tubing to skiing, consider these tubing-only venues for a family getaway.

Hawksnest

2058 Skyland Drive, Seven Devils, N.C.
828-963-6561
Tubing rates: $29-$35. Sessions are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Children must be 3 years old to snow tube.
Lanes: Four different areas to snow tube with more than 30 lanes that span from 400 to 1000 feet long. 
Bonus: Longest zip line tour on the East Coast, featuring 20 cables, four of which are known in the zip line industry as super or mega zips.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4 hours.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HAWKSNEST.


Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing

N.C. Highway 181 South, Jonas Ridge, N.C.
(GPS: 9472 N.C. 181, Newland, N.C.)
828-733-4155
Tubing rate: $23-$30. Sessions are one hour and 45 minutes. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Group rates available. 
Lanes: Six lanes to choose from that go from slow to very steep and fast for the more daring snow tuber. 
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4 hours.


Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park

5865 Willow Road, Hendersonville, N.C.
828-696-0333
Tubing rates: $30 per person, or $500 for 20 tickets; cash only. Sessions are two hours. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Minimum height requirement of 36 inches. 
Lanes: Three plus a fourth short lane for children.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4½ hours.


Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

7420 Dillard Rd., Scaly Mountain, N.C.
828-526-3737

Tubing rates: $25. Sessions are 2 hours. Must be 42 inches or taller and 4 years old to ride. Kiddie slope also open for young tubers $12 for 2 hours. Group rates available for parties of 20 or more.
Lanes: Three.
Bonus: Outdoor ice skating rink; $12 for 1 hour.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 5½ hours

 

Updated Oct. 10, 2018 for 2018-2019 season.

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See the blockbuster movie at Booth Amphitheatre. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $5 for ages 13 and older. Free for ages 12 and younger.

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27518
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See a movie outdoors under the pines. Gates open at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online 

Cost: $5 adults, free for ages 12 and younger.

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27518
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Shop for local handmade arts and crafts from local vendors. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Celebrate the night sky by creating a painting inspired by Van Gogh's "Starry Night." ​Ages 8-11. Register online. Choose course #124468.

Cost: $28/resident, $36/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Enjoy family-friendly activities in downtown Durham.

Cost: Free

Where:
Golden Belt Campus
800 Taylor St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Look for reptiles, birds and bugs on a morning stroll. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #124939.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Meet celebrity and creative Guests from comics, movies, TV, science fiction, fantasy, anime, video games and other genres. Enjoy costume contests, photo opportunities, video game tournaments and...

Cost: $20 and up

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 & 3:00 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Ages 11-15 use markers to learn the basic stroke sequences that comprise modern calligraphic lettering. Register online. Choose course #124716.

Cost: $23/resident, $30/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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When a tornado whisks Dorothy over the rainbow to the land of Oz, the Kansas farm girl sets off on a magical journey that requires brains, heart, and courage. With Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion...

Cost: $8-$15

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Carolina Youth Theatre
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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When Judah Ben-Hur survives an almost certain death sentence for a crime he did not commit, he begins a quest for vengeance. Angry at God and man alike, he embarks on a journey toward relief and...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Spiritual Twist Productions
1250 Aversboro Road
Garner, NC  27529
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Telephone: (919) 977-1976
Contact Name: Kathy MacDonald
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Performances: Thursday July 25th at 7:30pm Friday July 26th at 7:30pm Saturday July 27th at 7:30pm Sunday July 28th matinee at 2:00pm $15.00 Advanced Adult General Admission $12.00 Advanced Student...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
Cedar Ridge High School
1125 New Grady Brown School Rd.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange Community Players
Telephone: 919-619-5856
Contact Name: Orange Community Players
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Enjoy a movie under the stars and play games at 7:15 before the movie begins.

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Join us during National Moth Week to observe some of our night-flying neighbors – MOTHS! Discover how to attract moths and their caterpillars in your backyard, hear about some of their...

Cost: $10 ($9 Members): No Fee for Accompanying Adult

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden - Growing Classroom
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: NCBG
Telephone: 919-962-2887
Contact Name: Mike Dunn
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