Where to Ski, Snowboard and Tube Near North Carolina

Warm up this winter on a family skiing, snowboarding or snowtubing trip just a short drive away.
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Take advantage of group ski lessons for kids of all ages.

In North Carolina, you never know if there will be flurries or enough snow to build a snowman, but lucky for those who love snow, there are several ski resorts within driving distance that offer something for all ages. Many 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

North Carolina

Appalachian Ski Mountain

940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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 Charlotte: 2 hours.

Beech Mountain

1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy., Beech Mountain, North Carolina
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.
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. This season, enjoy two new chairlifts and even more slope lighting.
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 Charlotte: 3 hours.

Photo courtesy of Beech Mountain Resort

Cataloochee Ski Area

1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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 4 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 Charlotte: 3 hours.

Sapphire Valley Ski Area

127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire, North Carolina
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 older. Private lessons and Ski School also available for ages 4 and up.
Approximate distance from Charlotte: 3 hours.

Sugar Mountain Resort

1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain, North Carolina
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 older. Private lessons available for ages 4 and older. 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.
Approximate distance from Charlotte: 2.5 hours.



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Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill, North Carolina
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  and older. Group lessons available for ages 8 and older.
Approximate distance from Charlotte: 3 hours.


The Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, Virginia
Lift rates: Check website for pricing for hotel guests. Purchase tickets online at least one day in advance and save up to 61 percent. 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 older. 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 Charlotte: 4.5 hours.

Wintergreen Resort

Route 664, Wintergreen, Virginia
(Adjacent to Blue Ridge Parkway southwest of Charlottesville, Va.)
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 Charlotte: 4.5 hours.

West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort

10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, West Virginia

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 Charlotte: 5.5 hours

Winterplace Ski Resort

100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road, Ghent
(Exit 28 off I-77, near Ghent and Flat Top, West Virginia)
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 Charlotte: 3 hours.

Snow Tubing Resorts

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


2058 Skyland Drive, Seven Devils, North Carolina
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 Charlotte: 2.5 hours.

Photo courtesy of Hawksnest.

Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing

N.C. Highway 181 South, Jonas Ridge, North Carolina
(GPS: 9472 N.C. 181, Newland, North Carolina)
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 Charlotte: 2 hours.

Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park

5865 Willow Road, Hendersonville, North Carolina
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 Charlotte: 2 hours.

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

7420 Dillard Road, Scaly Mountain, North Carolina

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 Charlotte: 3.5 hours.


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