North Carolina offers six ski and snowboard resorts, and two areas exclusively for snow tubing.
Sugar Mountain Resort is the largest ski area in North Carolina, and a long-time favorite with families. Sugar has a vertical drop of 1,200 feet off a summit elevation of 5,300 feet. The resort offers 20 slopes and 115 acres of skiable terrain, served by four double chairs, a triple chair, a handle tow, a magic carpet in the beginners area and a magic carpet in the tubing park. The longest run is 1.5 miles. The resort also offers snowshoeing and ice skating. Fifteen trails comprising 100 acres are lighted for night skiing 6 to 10 p.m. all season.
Appalachian has 10 slopes, the longest a half-mile long, two terrain parks with 13 rails and eight boxes, a vertical drop of 365 feet, and two quad chairs, a double, and two surface lifts. All terrain is lighted for night skiing.
Cataloochee has 14 slopes - including two new trails, a quad chair, a triple, a double and two conveyors, a vertical drop of 740 feet, 25 acres of skiable terrain with 100 percent snowmaking coverage, and 10 slopes lighted for night skiing.
Sapphire Valley has a 1,600-foot-long main slope with 200 feet of vertical and a quad chair, a learning center slope, and a 700-foot-long snow tubing run.
Ski Beech boasts a base elevation of 5,505 feet above sea level, making it the highest ski resort in eastern North America. Beech has 15 slopes including terrain parks, a half-pipe, and a family tubing park. The area has a vertical drop of 830 feet, and its trails are served by a new high-speed quad, a fixed-grip quad, five doubles, and two surface lifts. Beech has new management this season, as well as new groomers, a new terrain park and more.
Wolf Ridge, formerly Wolf Laurel Slopes, has expanded and offers 15 acres of additional ski slopes, a new quad lift, a new terrain park and more, for a total of 82 skiable acres. The area has two quads, two doubles and a surface lift, and full snowmaking coverage. Wolf now offers two places to park, purchase lift tickets/area passes and pick up rentals - the Lower Wolf Ridge Lodge for groups and the Upper Wolf Ridge Lodge for families and walk-ins. Wolf Ridge is just 5 miles from I-26 at Exit 3 and just 30 minutes from Asheville.
Hawksnest focuses on snow tubing, with 20 lanes 400- to 1,000-feet long in four separate areas, with 100 percent snowmaking and lighting for night tubing.
Scaly Mountain also is for snow tubers. The area offers snow tubing Christmas vacation week, then weekends through the winter, with focus on families.
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