On The SE Slopes

North Carolina

APPALACHIAN SKI MOUNTAIN, near Blowing Rock off US 321, state’s oldest ski resort, 12 slopes/trails, 6 lifts, longest run .5m, vertical drop 365 feet, night skiing, boarding, 3 terrain parks, tubing, ice skating. Call 800-322-2373, snow report 828-295-7828, appskimtn.com. Average snowfall: 50 inches; last year 37.

CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA, off I-40 at Maggie Valley, 18 slopes, 5 lifts, vertical drop 740, longest run 1.4M, night skiing, boarding, 2 terrain parks, tubing. Normally first resort to open and last to close, 800-768-0285, snow report 800-768-3588, cataloochee.com. Average snowfall: 40; last year 29.6.

BEECH MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, off NC 184 north of Banner Elk, 17 slopes, 8 lifts, vertical drop 830, longest run 1m, snowboarding, night skiing, terrain and snow tubing parks, skating, Highest ski area in eastern NA. 800-438-2093, beechmountainresort.com. Terrain park with 50 features. Average snowfall 50 inches; last year 78.6, the most in N.C.

SAPPHIRE VALLEY, off US 64 east of Cashiers in Sapphire, 2 slopes, 3 lifts, vertical drop 200, Frozen Falls Terrain Park, tubing, night skiing, recreation center. Normally open Friday-Monday only, 828-743-7663, skisapphirevalley.com. Average snowfall: 30; last year 12.

SUGAR MOUNTAIN, on NC 184 west of Boone, state’s largest ski area (125 acres), with largest vertical drop (1200), longest run 1.5m, 21 slopes, 9 lifts, night skiing, terrain park, tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, 800-784-2768, skisugar.com, home of NASTAR races. Average snowfall: 78; last year 72.

WOLF RIDGE SKI RESORT, on US 23 north of Mars Hill, 15 slopes, 5 lifts, vertical drop 700, night skiing, terrain park, tubing, 800-817-4111, wolfridgeski.com. Average snowfall: 65; last year 65.


HAWKSNEST, off NC 105 south of Boone in Seven Devils, 4 areas for tubing with 30 lanes, 400-1,000 feet, 2 lifts, vertical drop 190, zipline tours. Largest tubing park on East Coast, snowmaking. 800-822-4295, hawksnesrtubing.com.

SCALY MOUNTAIN OUTDOOR CENTER, on NC 106 SW of Highlands, just north of Georgia line, tubing, skating, vertical drop 225. Open Fri-Sun, holidays only, 828-526-3737, scalymountain.com.

JONAS RIDGE Snow Tubing Park at Mast Farm Inn, off NC 181South, Jonas Ridge, 6 lanes, Open Fri-Mon, 828-733-4155, jonasridgesnowtube.com. Closed Christmas Day.

MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN Snow Tubing, 5865 Willow Rd., Hendersonville, 828-696-6333. Open Fri-Sun and holidays. Cash only. Closed Christmas Day.


BRYCE RESORT, in Bayse, near I-81, 8 slopes, 7 lifts, vertical drop 500, night skiing, terrain park, tubing, 540-856-212, bryceresort.com. Average snowfall: 30; last year 12.

MASANUTTEN, off I-81 about 20 miles east of Harrisonburg, 14 slopes, 8 lifts, Longest run .77m. Largest vertical drop (1155 ft) in VA, first Va. resort with snowboarding, also tubing, night skiing, terrain parks, all trails open to skiers, snowboarders, skiboarders, 540-289-4954, massresort.com. Average snowfall: 35; last year 11.5..

OMNI HOMESTEAD RESORT, off US 220 near Hot Springs, 9 slopes, 2 lifts, vertical drop 700, snowboarding, terrain park, tubing, snowshoeing, XC skiing, skating, snowmobile tours, region’s oldest resort (1959), best known for pampering and amenities, 540-839-1766, thehomestead.com. Average snowfall: 50; last year 27.

WINTERGREEN, on Rt. 664, 43 miles SW of Charlottesville, largest resort in state, 24 slopes, 5 lifts, longest run 1.40m, vertical drop 1,003, snowboarding, terrain park, skating, night skiing, tubing and largest tubing park in state, Adventure Dome for interactive games, 800-607-7669, wintergreenresort.com. Average snowfall: 34; last year 25.5.

West Virginia

CANAAN VALLEY, state park ten miles south of Davis off WVA 32, 47 slopes, 5 lifts, vertical drop 850, longest run 1.13m, snowboarding, terrain park, tubing, snowshoeing, XC skiing, night skiing (11 trails), skating, airboarding after taking a class, sleigh rides, 800-622-4121, canaanresort.com. Average snowfall: 180; last year 147.

SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN, 20 miles north of Marlinton, largest ski resort in SE, three mountains (including Silver Creek) with 57 slopes, 14 lifts, vertical drop 1,500, longest run 1.5m, night skiing, snowboarding, terrain parks, tubing, XC skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, 877-441-4FUN, snowshoemtn.com. Average snowfall: 180; last year 173.

TIMBERLINE, off US 32, 8 miles north of Davis and state’s northernmost resort, 40 slopes, 3 lifts, vertical drop 1,000, longest run 2m, snowboarding, night skiing, tree skiing, 2 terrain parks, tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, XC skiing, sledding, 800-SNOWING, timberlineresort .com. Average snowfall: 150; last year 147.

WINTERPLACE, 2 miles off I-77 exit 28 in Ghent, 27 slopes, 9 lifts, vertical drop 603, longest run 1.25m, snowboard park, terrain park, largest tubing area in state, night skiing, 800-607-7669, winterplace.com. Average snowfall: 100; last year 63.

OGLEBAY Resort, Route 88N, 4 miles off I-70, exit 2A, Wheeling, skiing, snowboarding, 18 slopes, terrain park, 168 foot vertical drop, 877-406-1787, ogelbay-resort.com. Well known for holiday Festival of Lights, Good Zoo.


WISP AT DEEP CREEK, MD, on Marsh Mountain in Deep Creek Lake, 34 slopes, 11 lifts, vertical drop 700, longest run 1.5m, snowboarding, tubing park, terrain parks, ice skating, XC skiing, snowshoeing, mountain coaster, 301-387-4911, skiwisp.com. Average snowfall: 100; last year 95.

OBER AT GATLINBURG, TENN, 10 slopes, 4 lifts, vertical drop 600, longest run .94m. aerial tramway from downtown, night skiing, snow tubing park, ice skating, alpine slide, 865-436-5423. Average snowfall: 35; last year 9.