There are several ski resorts to enjoy in the mountains of the Southeastern United States. From full-service resorts with on-site lodging and luxurious spas to smaller ski areas that are ideal for a day of skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, the ski resorts of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Allegheny Mountains offer winter wonderland destinations with something for everyone.
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Appalachian Ski Mtn
Blowing Rock, North Carolina - Blue Ridge Mountains
Located in quaint Blowing Rock, North Carolina in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian Ski Mtn is a family-oriented resort. The resort features ten slopes, which are accessed by two quad chairlifts, one double chairlift, one conveyor lift, and one handle pull lift. The longest run, Orchard Run, is half a mile long. There are two terrain parks and a 6000 square foot outdoor ice skating arena. All the slopes provide night lighting for night skiing.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Maggie Valley, North Carolina - Bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Easily reached from I-40, Cataloochee Ski Area is located in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Skiers and snowboarders may choose from ten slopes and trails with a 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate and 25 percent advanced to expert mix. The five lift systems include one each double, triple and quad chairlifts plus two moving carpet surface lifts. Cat Cage Terrain Park offers snowboarding fun with ramps, rails and boxes. Snow tubing is available at nearby Tube World.
Beech Mountain Resort
Beech Mountain, North Carolina - Blue Ridge Mountains
At 5506 feet above sea level, Ski Beech is the highest ski resort in Eastern North America. Beginning as a private resort development in the mid-1960s, Beech Mountain offers a winter wonderland experience including 16 trail serviced by 7 lifts, two terrain parks, a delightful outdoor skating rink, and a charming Alpine-style village.
Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain / Banner Elk, North Carolina - Blue Ridge Mountains
Located two miles east Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain Resort is North Carolina's largest ski area with 1155 skiable acres and a vertical drop of 1,200 feet. This popular resort offers roughly five miles of skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing areas, including 20 slopes (15 lighted for night skiing) and multiple snow tubing runs. There are four double chairlifts, including the two longest in North Carolina, one triple chairlift, one t-bar, one handle tow and two magic carpets, including one for the Tubing Park.
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Mars Hill, North Carolina - Blue Ridge Mountains
Located only 30 minutes from Asheville in western North Carolina, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort offers 19 slopes serviced by two quad chairlifts, two double chairlifts, and one surface lift. Boardwalk, a one-half mile run that opened in 2006, winds through a ski tunnel and Park Place, a new terrain park that offers plenty of snowboarding action. Free shuttle service is available to Wolf Ridge Tubing, which is located roughly a mile from the slopes.
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Basye, Virginia - Shenandoah Valley
Originally a summer retreat, Bryce Resort opened its ski slopes in the 1960s. Now a popular all-season resort, Bryce Resort operates eight slopes served by two chairlifts, one surface lift, and two carpet lifts. Trails include beginner, intermediate, and advanced classifications and a new snow tubing park features 800-foot long tubing lanes. For a change of pace, golf is offered all year, weather permitting.
Near Harrisonburg, Virginia - Shenandoah Valley
An all season resort, Massanutten offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing during the winter. Massanutten's 14 trails include beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, plus the Massanutten Terrain Park has a main park for snowboards, twin-tip skis, and snowblades as well an area for beginners. The Peaked Mountain Express Tubing Park, the first in Virginia, is a popular attraction as well. Seven lifts provide access to the trails.
Hot Springs, Virginia - Allegheny Mountains
A premier all-season luxury resort, The Homestead's nine downhill ski runs and snowboard park offer a good family destination for novice skiing and family winter fun. An Olympic-sized ice skating rink and other cool snow activities such as snowmobile tours, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing add to the fun.
Near Charlottesville, Virginia - Blue Ridge Mountains
An 11,000-acre all season resort, Wintergreen is located adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway in picturesque central Virginia. During the winter, guests at Wintergreen have the unique advantage of being able to ski and tee on the same day. There are 26 slopes, two snow tubing parks, a terrain park, and high-speed chairlifts. For winter golfers, Stoney Creek in the valley offers a 27-hole Rees Jones course.
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Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center
Davis, West Virginia - Allegheny Mountains
Canaan Valley Resort State Park by Guest Services is an all-season resort overlooking the valley from a plateau in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. The ski resort features 37 slopes with something for all levels of skiing. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating and even air boarding in the first airboard park in the country.
Snowshoe, West Virginia - Allegheny Mountains
Situated in the Monongahela National Forest in the southern portion of the tranquil Allegheny Mountains, Snowshoe Mountain, a four-season Intrawest destination resort, offers 57 trails, 14 lifts and a range of activities and levels of difficulty that include something for everyone. Popular resort activities include skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snow tubing and much more.
Timberline Four Seasons Resort
Davis, West Virginia - Allegheny Mountains
Timberline, one of the few remaining family-owned resorts, offers 36 slopes and trails accessed by 3 chairlifts. With a vertical rise of 1,000 feet, Timberline boasts runs as long as 2 miles, some of the longest in the East.
Winterplace Ski Resort
Ghent, West Virginia - Allegheny Mountains
Located on Flat Top Mountain, the southern range of the Allegheny Mountains, Winterplace Ski Resort is only two minutes from I-77. This popular resort offers 28 slopes and a terrain park served by ten lifts. Very popular for snow tubing as well as for skiing and snowboarding, this family-oriented resort boasts 16 snow tubing lanes with two super carpet lifts.