Please note: This “Know Before You Go” update is as of Jan. 22. Travel restrictions and requirements can change quickly, so be sure and check resort websites prior to travel.

Atlanta has so many great attractions, but one thing we all know is missing are ski resorts. So what? The whole metro area is still a hotbed for skiers and snowboarders – but we have to hit the road or head for Hartsfield to indulge our passions.

This year is more of a challenge with all of us taking COVID precautions. Use our guide to staying safe and healthy all winter without giving up the sport we love.

OnTheSnow.com invites all of our site visitors to choose their favorite ski resorts in a variety of categories each spring. Resorts listed in this guide are the top choices by Atlanta Metro site visitors.

Easy Day or Weekend Trips

 

Atlantans are not exactly blessed with close-by ski mountains but there are 3 within a 5.5-hour drive, close enough for us to hop in the car and get at least several hours on the slopes the same day.

OntheSnow Visitor Drive-To Picks:

Beech Mountain: Drive time from Atlanta is 5.5 hours.

Ober Gatlinburg: Drive time from Atlanta is 4 hours.

Sugar Mountain: Drive time from Atlanta is 5 hours.

COVID Fast Facts – Day/Weekend Trips

 

Do I need to quarantine if I cross a state border?

There are no travel restrictions for Atlantans travelling to North Carolina or Tennessee. North Carolina has a modified stay-at-home order in place from 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. until Jan. 31.

When and where do I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings required virtually everywhere at the resort except when eating or drinking and whenever social distancing is not possible.

Where can I find the most up-to-date information or COVID guidelines?

North Carolina: 
County: Avery (Beech, Sugar Mt.)

Wautaga: (Beech)

Tennessee: (Beech)
County (Ober Gatlinburg)

Destination Resort Fly-To Options

 

Face coverings required virtually everywhere at the resort except when eating or drinking and whenever social distancing is not possible.

OnTheSnow Visitor Picks: These are the most popular resort choices for those coming from the Atlanta metro area.

Colorado

Beaver Creek

Breckenridge

Keystone

Steamboat

Vail

Colorado COVID threat level:

Restrictions for travel from Georgia to Colorado: None.

The move to COVID 19 red level in many Colorado counties does not affect ski resort on-mountain operations. Pitkin County (home to Aspen and other ski resorts) visitors must sign a visitor affidavit and take test within 72 hours of arrival or quarantine for 10 days. Mask mandate for those 11+ through Feb. 6.

Montana

Big Sky

Montana COVID threat level:

Restrictions for travel from Georgia to Montana: None. Mandatory mask order ineffecrt for those 5+.

Utah

Deer Valley

Park City Mountain Resort

Snowbird

Utah COVID threat level:

Restrictions for travel from Georgia to Utah: None. Mask mandate in effect for those 2+.

Wyoming

Jackson Hole

Wyoming COVID threat level:

Restrictions for travel from Georgia to Wyoming: None as of Jan. 22. Mask mandate for those 12+, in public spaces and riding public transportation through Jan. 25.

Airline COVID Precautions

 

All airlines and airports have instigated stringent disinfectant procedures. Click below for your airline’s COVID page for specifics.
Air Canada

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

Frontier Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Spirit

United Airlines

Denver Air Connection