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 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 are open through mid-March. Be sure to check resort websites or call ahead for weather reports and slope closures.


Where to Ski or Snowboard in:

North Carolina

Appalachian Ski Mountain

940 Ski Mountain Rd., Blowing Rock
828-295-7828
2021-’22 Season: Through March 27
Ticket types: 8-hour flex, super session, midnight blast session, half-session and multi-day session. All tickets and rentals must be reserved online before arrival.
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 is open Fri.-Sun. and holidays. New for 2021 is the Mountain Challengers program, designed for young, experienced skiers who want to progress to intermediate terrain. Limited to 7 skiers ages 7-12; open Fri.-Sun. 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
2021-’22 Season: Through March 27

Ticket types: Day, twilight, morning half day, afternoon half day, night, Beech Pass, multi-day, season tickets.
Number of slopes: Three easy, seven more difficult and four most difficult; two freestyle terrain parks.
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. Check to see if the rink and tubing park is open before you go; they periodically close depending on the weather/snowfall.
Children’s programs: Snow Kamp provides all-day childcare with an introduction to a winter wonderland of activities for kids ages 3-5. Traxx is a ski program for students ages 6-12 of all skill levels. Burton Learn to Ride Center provides snowboarding lessons for ages 6-12. Hourly lessons are available for children ages 4 and older. Childcare is available for ages 1-5 years and includes snacks, water, juice and a large playroom with lots of toys and games; reservations are recommended.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4 hours.
First Timer’s Guide: Beech Mountain has a great page with tips for those heading out to the mountain for the first time. View it here.

Beech Mountain Resort photo courtesy Kyle Beckmann


Cataloochee Ski Area

1080 Ski Lodge Rd., Maggie Valley
800-768-0285
2021-’22 Season: Through March 7

Ticket types: Lift tickets and season passes.
Number of slopes: Eighteen slopes and trails that are 44 percent beginner, 39 percent intermediate and 17 percent advanced to expert.
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 (reservations required). 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
2021-’22 Season: Dec. 18-March 6

Ticket types: Day lift, twilight lift, day & twilight lift.
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
2021-’22 Season: Through March 27

Ticket types: Full day, half day, twilight, night. Season passes are available.
Number of slopes: Five easy and five difficult are currently open.
Off the slopes: 700 foot long tubing lanes; 10,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink.
Children’s programs: Sugar Bear Ski School is available for children 5-10 for full- and half-day sessions. Similarly, the Polar Bear Snowboard School is open to children ages 7-14.
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
2021-’22 Season: Dec. 10-mid-March 
Ticket types: Day-area pass, night-area pass, half day-area pass, twilight-area pass, extended-area pass, weekend pass.
Number of slopes: This season’s slopes are TBD.
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
Projected opening date: Jan. 22

Ticket types: Check website for pricing for hotel guests.
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.)
855-699-1858
2021-’22 Season: Dec. 10-March 13
Ticket types: 8-hour full session, extended session, multi-day session, nighttime session. Season passes are available.
Number of slopes: Twenty-six slopes and trails with terrain for beginners to advanced skiers and riders.
Off the slopes: The Plunge tubing park (Virginia’s largest tubing hill), Ridgely’s Fun Park for ages 3-11.
Children’s programs: The Treehouse Kids Ski Programs (beginning Jan. 2) for ages 3 and up; full- and half-day programs available. Little Rippers for ages 4-5 and Ridgely’s Rippers for ages 6-10 are for skiing only; Ridgely’s Riders for ages 7-10 are for snowboarding only. All reservations must be made in advance.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 4 hours.


West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort

10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe
877-441-4386
2021-’22 Season: Through March 27

Ticket types: Day lift tickets, 2’Fer tickets, season passes. 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, split-rock pools, sleigh rides.
Children’s programs:  There are a variety of ski and snowboarding lessons for all ages and skill levels; the Advanced Mountain Clinic is for confident skiers ages 13 & older. Pre-Ski School has full- and half-day programs for children ages 2-4.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 6 hours.


Winterplace Ski Resort

425 Winterplace Drive, Ghent
(Exit 28 off I-77, near Ghent and Flat Top, W.Va.)
800-607-7669
2021-’22 Season: Dec. 18-March 12

Ticket types: One- to three-day tickets. nighttime tickets. Beginning skier and snowboarder packages are available.
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 6-12; full- and half-day programs available with terrain based learning.
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
2021-’22 Season: Through March 27
Tubing rate: From $35. Sessions are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Children must be 3 years old to snow tube. Advance purchase recommended.
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: 94.72 N.C. 181, Newland, N.C.)
828-733-4155
2021-’22 Season: Dec. 20-March 12

Tubing rate: From $20. Sessions are one hour and 45 minutes, although shorter, hour-long sessions are available. Advance purchase recommended. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times when on the lanes.
Lanes: Five 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
2021-’22 Season: Dec. 17-March 13

Tubing rates: $35 per person for 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
2021-’22 Season: Through March 31

Tubing rates: $35 per person for a 2-hour session. Kiddie Hill (tubers 8 & under) is $15. Kids must be 42 inches or taller and 4 years old to ride.
Lanes: Three.
Approximate distance from the Triangle: 5½ hours

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