Looking for ski areas near Asheville? While it’s true Asheville winters tend to be mild, there are some great places nearby to ski, snowboard, or tube in western North Carolina, where temperatures often run up to 20 degrees cooler!
For the outdoor enthusiast, winter often brings to mind downhill skiing or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, ice-skating and sledding. Though the Asheville area isn’t exactly a snow-sports mecca, we’re not so far away from some really wonderful North Carolina ski areas. We do have the highest mountains in the eastern US, after all!
Ski Areas Near Asheville
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort – .75 hrs away
578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Only 45 minutes from North Lodge on Oakland, Wolf Ridge provides unmatched views, well-groomed slopes, 22 runs with 5 ski lifts, and 82 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain to explore.
Cataloochee Ski Area – 1 hr away
1080 Ski Lodge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains Cataloochee Ski Area is a winter playground offers 18 runs – steeper runs on the Upper Omigosh for seasoned skiers and boarders, smoother, more gentle slopes down below for those less practiced, and two terrain parks with jumps and bumps for snowboarders and skiers alike.
Sapphire Valley Ski Area – 1.5 hrs away
207 Saphire Valley Rd, Sapphire, NC 28774
Sapphire Valley Ski Area boasts a 1600 foot main run featuring a vertical drop of 200 feet. A state-of-the-art quad-lift, learning center slope, multiple lane tube park, and zip lines round out the fun.
Sugar Mountain Resort – 1.5 hrs away
1009 Sugar Mountain Dr, Sugar Mountain, NC 28604
Sugar Mountain offers 21 slopes with 125 acres of skiable terrain and 6 lifts. 15 slopes are lit for night skiing and snowboarding. Tubing, ice skating, and snowshoeing, dining, and shopping are also on tap.
Hawksnest Snow Tubing – 1.75 hrs away
2058 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils, NC 28604
Okay, so it’s tubing and not skiing – but have you ever been to an area designed specifically for snow tubing? Talk about fun! Hawksnest is North Carolina’s largest snow tubing park with 4 different areas offering 20 lanes 400 to 1000 feet long. 2 moving carpet lifts, a coffee bar, and Carolina BBQ and pizza to recharge you!
Beech Mountain Ski Resort – 2 hrs away
1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy, Beech Mountain, NC 28604
Beech Mountain is one of the most popular ski areas near Asheville – probably because it’s the highest one in the eastern US! 95 acres with 15 slopes and plenty of runs for every skill level. Beech Mountain sports a vertical drop of 830 feet and receives more than 80 inches of snow annually. Did we mention the Mountaintop bar?
At North Lodge on Oakland, our Asheville bed and breakfast offers the kind of impeccable service and personal touches you could never find in a hotel or motel – or even your average ski resort. Our 1904, restored stone home has six comfortable bedrooms to choose from and all on a quiet residential street, yet just minutes from the Biltmore Estate and other, popular Asheville attractions! At North Lodge on Oakland, you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning, and wonderfully inviting accommodations every night.