Top 6 Best Ski Spots in the NC Mountains

You may not know it, but if you live in the Carolinas, you don't have to travel far to hit the slopes. The North Carolina mountains have plenty of options for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and even ice-skating. Make time this winter to visit one of the top 6 ski spots in North Carolina:


Located conveniently just 5 miles off I-26 in Mars Hill, North Carolina, Wolf Ridge boasts 15 exciting ski runs for everyone from the novice to the expert. Stay and ski at Wolf Ridge at the Views Townhomes and enjoy discounts on skiing packages. With a 4,700-foot elevation, over 72 acres of ski terrain, and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wolf Ridge is a guaranteed fun time for the whole family. 


Ski Sapphire Valley is nestled in one of the most scenic corners of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is the closest resort to Atlanta. Sapphire Valley offers a 1,600-foot main run with a vertical drop of 200 feet, a state-of-the-art lift, a learning center slope, and a multiple-lane tube park. Drop by the Four Seasons Grille at the bottom of the slope for sandwiches, light fare, and a ski clothing retail shop. 


Generations of children have learned to ski at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Boone, North Carolina. With its French Swiss Ski College, slopes of varying difficulty and convenient location, it's no wonder Appalachian Ski Mountain is still one of the most popular ski destinations for locals and travelers alike. Appalachian Ski Mountain offers 12 slopes with two terrain parks, 2 quad chairlifts, 2 conveyor lifts, and one handle pull lift. Warm up and recharge at the 46,000-square-foot base lodge with complimentary Wi-Fi in the restaurant. 


Sugar Mountain Resort in Banner Elk, North Carolina offers everything from skiing and snowboarding to tubing, ice-skating, and more. With over 125 acres of skiable terrain, Sugar boasts 21 slopes with 6 chairlifts (1 high-speed), and 15 of these slopes are lit for night skiing and snowboarding. Sugar has plenty of places to stay, eat, and have fun, so it's the perfect place to spend a weekend or two this winter season. 


Head to Maggie Valley, North Carolina to ski the Cataloochee Ski Area, with options for all ages and ability levels. With its high elevation and state-of-the-art snowmaking, Cataloochee is one of the nation's first mountains to open each season. Cataloochee has all levels of ski slopes and offers numerous clinics, programs, and lessons to improve your skiing abilities. 


Beech Mountain Ski Resort is also in Banner Elk, North Carolina and boasts 17 trails and 9 lifts with some of the best skiing in the Carolinas. Beech Mountain offers a terrain park, ice-skating, tubing, and various eateries for après ski. If you are a first-timer or need to brush up on your skills, Beech offers a variety of ski and snowboard lessons, schools, and camps for enthusiasts of all ages. 

Before you hit the slopes, visit your local AAA Car Care location for all of your vehicle maintenance needs, including battery checks and a free pre-road trip inspection. If you don't want to put miles on your car or need 4-wheel drive to safely make it up the mountain, rent a car with your 10-20% AAA discount from Hertz. If you are headed up for the weekend, visit your local AAA travel agent to make trip planning easy with hotel discountsreservations, and TripTiks, AAA's exclusive travel planner, and much more. You may take a tumble traversing the mountain, so make sure your health insurance is in order before your winter sports holiday. Find your local agent or give us a call anytime at 1-800-333-4242.

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