If you want to experience the thrill of skiing, snowboarding or tubing this winter in the mountains, you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up 10 nearby options with activities for the whole family. Since the weather’s been warm, be sure to call before you plan to make sure your must-do activities are open for business.
10 Options, Listed in Order of Distance from Charlotte:
Head to: Appalachian Ski Mountain
Distance from Charlotte: 1 hr. 53 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT Avg 22”- 34” Base | 9 Slopes Open
Offers: 12 slopes (3 easy, 6 more difficult, 3 most difficult) and 3 terrain parks. All slopes are open for night skiing. Plus, ice skating.
Season: Scheduled from Nov. 15 to March 22.
Rates: 8-hour flex tickets are $66 on weekends/holidays and $41 Monday – Friday. See all rates here.
Stay: Stay steps from the slopes at one of the resort’s four slopeside lodging options. If you’d like to ski and stay in town, relax in one of seven luxury rooms in Downtown Blowing Rock’s The New Public House. Two miles from downtown, Gideon Ridge Inn & Restaurant offers ten luxury guest rooms and sweeping mountain views. Westglow Resort & Spa allows guests to choose from four unique accommodation options, including rooms in a historic Greek Revival Mansion.
Dine: Best Cellar in downtown Blowing Rock has been serving nightly seafood and steak specials since 1975 and is open Thursday through Monday beginning at 5 p.m. Twigs Restaurant and Bar serves a Southern twist on classic favorites and offers an award-winning wine list a half mile from downtown. Whether staying as a guest or stopping in for dinner, Rowland’s Restaurant at Westglow Resort & Spa offers an indulgent dinner menu.
Do: Take a break from the winter action and fully unwind at Westglow Resort & Spa. Another popular attraction in Blowing Rock is the town’s WinterFest from January 23-26. The 22nd annual event features an icy Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake, an indoor restaurant crawl, ice carving, a beer garden and more.
Head to: Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing
Distance from Charlotte: 1 hr. 58 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT: 1/11/20 TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO WARM TEMPERATURES. CHECK THEIR FB OR CALL FOR UPDATES
Offers: Six snow tube lanes ranging from steep to slow.
Rates: $35/person, $30/ages six and under for 1 hour and 45 minute sessions. For one hour, it’s $25/person, $20 ages six and under.
Do: The whole family will love a trip to Lineville Caverns, where the temperature stays a comfortable 52 degrees year-round. Open Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Head to: Sugar Mountain Resort
Distance from Charlotte: 2 hr. 16 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT: 44″-56″ inch Base | 9 Slopes Open
Offerings: 21 slopes, plus snowshoeing, tubing and ice skating. 15 slopes open for night skiing.
Season: Through March 2020.
Activity details: $77 weekends/holidays; $46 M-F; March Madness rates begin March 2 ($35 M-F; $58 Weekends).
Stay: Lodging options abound near the action at Sugar Mountain. Sleep on the slopes with properties available from Sugar Ski & Country Club and Sugar Mountain Accommodations Center & Realty, Inc. Other options include Sugar Mountain Lodging, Inc. and Sugar Mountain Resort Accommodations.
Dine: Grab a meal without taking a break from the action at The Last Run Lounge. At Sorrento’s Bistro in downtown Banner Elk, bring your lift tickets for 10% off any entree(must be same day tickets). Also in Banner Elk, Stonewalls Restaurant serves seafood, gourmet steaks and a healthy wine list. For a taste of fine dining, indulge in creole and cajun cuisine at the 3-diamond AAA-rated Louisiana Purchase Food & Spirits. Chef/owner Patrick Bagbey’s menu includes classics like jumbo and jambalaya, as well as filet oscar and bison meatloaf
Do: Unwind with a tasting at Banner Elk Winery and Villa, open year-round for daily $10 tastings, noon – 6 p.m. Or opt to stay close to the slopes and enjoy the next event in the mountain’s live music series.
Head to: Hawksnest Snow Tubing
Distance from Charlotte: 2 hr. 18 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT: EXPERIENCING CLOSURES DUE TO WARM TEMPERATURES. CALL FOR UPDATES
Offerings: Four snow tubing areas with over 30 lanes and a special winter zipline snowbird tour.
Activity details: $40 Weekends; $31 Monday – Friday. $3 off per person for current or retired military and immediate family members.
Dine: In Banner Elk, The Pedalin’ Pig BBQ serves up local, hickory-smoked BBQ with wine and beer.
Do: Did you know that Seven Devils was the first mountain resort development in North Carolina to become a town? Explore The Shoppes at Tynecastle or for outdoor adventurers, take a scenic hike to Otter Falls.
Head to: Cataloochee Ski Area
Distance from Charlotte: 2 hr. 45 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT: 34-56″ Base | 10 of 18 Slopes Open
Offerings: Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing (offered at nearby Tube World). 18 skiing and snowboarding slopes and trails: 44% beginner, 39% intermediate and 17% advanced to expert.
Season: Early November – Late March
Activity details: Weekend/holiday lift rates are $72 for adults, $54 for those 5-12. Weekday life rates are $44 for adults and $34 for ages 5-12.
Stay: Unwind after a day on the slopes at Boyd Mountain Log Cabins, where your crew can enjoy modern amenities while staying in the middle of a 150-acre Christmas tree farm. View more lodging options here.
Dine: In nearby Waynesville, you have your choice of well-reviewed restaurants including Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale, The Swag, and Chef’s Table. Closer to the slopes in Maggie Valley, J. Arthur’s Restaurant offers a popular gorgonzola cheese salad, prime rib and all-natural steaks.
Head to: Ski Sapphire Valley
Distance from Charlotte: 2 hr. 56 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT: 1/11/20 TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO WARM TEMPERATURES. CALL 828-743-7663 FOR UPDATES
Offerings: Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and zip lining.
Activity details: Day lift/rental rates start at $65 for adults and $39 for children 12 and under.
Dine: Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company offers wood-fired pizza, fine wine and over 100 microbrews in a rustic mountain setting. It’s a perfect spot for catching the game or enjoying live music.
Do: The slopes aren’t the only attraction in Sapphire Valley. Check out the monthly area calendar for live music and activities. Or, stay close to the slopes and enjoy everything going on at the Sapphire Valley Resort.
Head to: Winterplace Ski Resort
Distance from Charlotte: 2 hr. 59 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT: Snow Base: 14″ – 34″ | Trails Open: 13 of 27 | Lifts Open: 6 of 10. Call 1-800-607-SNOW(7669)
Offerings: 27 slopes, one terrain park and the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia. Night skiing on 26 slopes.
Activity details: All-day adult tickets are $74 weekends/holidays; $57 Monday – Friday.
Stay: Sleep on the slopes at The Cabins at Winterplace.
Do: There’s plenty to do without ever leaving the mountain. Enjoy live music and karaoke at Mountain Mama’s, drinks and games at The Snowdrift Lounge and more. Check out the current happenings on the resort’s calendar.
Head to: Beech Mountain Resort
Distance from Charlotte: 2 hr. 31 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT: 24″-40″ Base Depth | 10 Slopes Open
Offerings: The highest ski area in the East boasts 17 slopes and two freestyle terrain areas, ice skating and tubing.
Activity details: $70 weekends/holidays; $42 M-F. View all rates here.
Dine: After a day on the slopes, settle in at The Famous Brick Oven Restaurant, serving specialty pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and wings. Enjoy a dinner menu featuring seafood dishes, Italian favorites, prime rib and more with mountain views of three states at the Alpen Restaurant and Bar.
Do: Raise a glass at Beech Mountain Brewing Company, one of the only US breweries owned and operated by a ski area. To sip with a view, try 5506′ Skybar. Take a breather at nearby Serenity Day Spa, located in Banner Elk. Stay up-to-date on upcoming mountain events with the resort’s online calendar.
Head to: Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Distance from Charlotte: 2 hr. 41 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT: 14-30″ Base Depth | 4 Slopes Open | Tubing Closed
Offerings: 15 slopes (4 green, 9 blue and 2 black diamonds), a terrain park and tubing.
Activity details: $65 Weekends; $42 M-F.
Dine: Explore downtown Mars Hill restaurants including Steakhouse Main Street Burrito and The Wagon Wheel.
Do: In Asheville, 30 minutes south of the resort, endless entertainment options wait. Check out this winter vacation itinerary to start planning.
Head to: Wintergreen Resort
Distance from Charlotte: 4 hr. 16 mins.
Jan 2020 SNOW REPORT: Average Base: 26″ | 6 Slopes Open
Offerings: 23 different slopes, a terrain park, kids activities and tubing.
Activity details: $64 Monday – Thursday, $69 Friday, $94 Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Stay: The resort offers multiple accommodations, from a mountain inn to condos, cabins and exclusive properties. Browse and book online.
Dine: Choose from four restaurants with options to please every palate.
Do: Off the mountain, indulge in wineries, breweries and a cidery. Start planning here.