Where to Ski, Tube and Snowboard Within a Short Drive of the Triad
Sugar Mountain Ski Resort in Sugar Mountain
Whether you're looking for a day trip of winter fun or want to spend an entire weekend on the slopes, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia resorts offer many great options. Snow lovers in the Triad can hit the slopes at 14 different ski and/or tubing resorts within a short drive. Almost all offer programs for beginners and children, so even your young ones can enjoy these winter wonderlands.
Most resorts begin their season in late November and are open through mid-March. Be sure to check resort websites or call ahead for weather reports and slope closures.
Take a look at the skiing, snowboarding and tubing resorts listed below. Pack the car with ski bibs, jackets and a thermos of hot chocolate for the drive and enjoy a snowy adventure!
Appalachian Ski Mountain
940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock
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Lift rates: $18-$69. Ages 5 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Late season discounted rates available March 13 – 26, 2017.
Number of slopes: Three easy, three more difficult and three most difficult (all slopes lighted for night skiing); three freestyle terrain parks.
Off the slopes: Outdoor ice rink; fully lighted for skating under the stars seven days a week.
Children's programs: Ski Wee and Cruiser Camps instructional programs designed for skiers ages 4-10 and snowboarders ages 7-12. Ski Wee is open daily and Cruiser Camp only on weekends and holidays. Nursery care available for ages 1-4; full day includes lunch; advanced reservations are required.
1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy., Beech Mountain
Lift rates: $20-$77; ages 4 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Receive 25 percent off all lift tickets and rental equipment March 6, 2017 through the end of the season.
Number of slopes: Three easy, six more difficult and four most difficult; two freestyle terrain parks.
Off the slopes: Outdoor 7,000 square foot ice rink and a new, state-of-the art tubing park with chutes up to 700 feet in length.
Children's programs: Private or group lessons ages 4 and up. Snow Kamp provides all day childcare with an introduction to a winter wonderland of activities for kids ages 3-5. Traxx is an all-day ski program for students ages 6-14. Burton Learn to Ride Center provides snowboarding lessons for ages 6 and up. Nursery care available for ages 6 months to 3 years; snack, hot lunch, quiet crib room and large playroom included in price; reservations are recommended.
Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley
Lift rates: $20-$75; ages 4 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Adults 65 and over ski free.
Number of slopes: Eight easy, seven more difficult and two most difficult; freestyle terrain park. All trails except one lighted for night skiing.
Off the slopes: Snow tubing at Tube World in Maggie Valley located four miles from the ski area.
Children's programs: Ski and snowboarding instruction available. Class lessons for ages 6 and up; private lessons for ages 3 and up. Half- and full-day programs available for ages 4-12.
Sapphire Valley Ski Area
127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire
Lift rates: $21-$60
Number of slopes: Two slopes (one main intermediate run, one learning slope). Ideal for youth and beginners.
Off the slopes: Snow tubing at Frozen Falls Tube Park at a 500-foot run with a 60-foot vertical drop. Winter zip line tours on the Vordach Zip Line Experience.
Children's programs: Ski and snowboard group lessons for ages 5 and up. Private lessons and Ski School also available for ages 4 and up.
Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain
Lift rates: $22-$72; ages 4 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Discounted pricing starts March 6, 2017.
Number of slopes: Seven easy, 10 more difficult and four most difficult; freestyle terrain park.
Off the slopes: 700 foot long tubing lanes; 10,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink.
Children's programs: Ski and snowboard group lessons available for ages 8-13. Private lessons available for ages 4 and up. Sugar Bear Ski School program also available for children 5-10 and includes life ticket, rental equipment, helmet, lessons, lunch and supervision. Polar Bear Snowboard School similar for ages 7-14. Child care available for ages 6 months and older; infants under 12 months old require a reservation (call 828-898-4521, ext. 240 for information).
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill
Lift rates: $20-$71; ages 4 and younger ski free with ticketed adult. Adults 65 and over free.
Number of slopes: Seven easy, eight intermediate, three advanced; freestyle terrain park.
Off the slopes: Snow tubing at Wolf Ridge Tube Run.
Children's programs: One-on-one ski or snowboard lessons available for ages 5 and older. Group lessons available for ages 9 and older.
The Homestead Resort
7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs
Lift rates: $25-$59. Purchase tickets online at least one day in advance and save up to 61 percent.
Number of slopes: 10 slopes, 45 acres for skiing and snowboarding.
Off the slopes: Tubing park featuring new Penguin Express conveyor and Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland with year-round outdoor swimming and ice-skating
Children's programs: Sepp Kober Ski School offers ski and snowboard instruction for 4 years and up. Private and group lessons available. Full- or half-day Little Penguins Program for ages 5-11 (Ski School 540-839-7816).
Route 664, Wintergreen
(Adjacent to Blue Ridge Parkway southwest of Charlottesville, Va.)
Lift rates: $34-$94; ages five and younger ski free with ticketed adult.
Number of slopes: Six easiest, four more difficult, 12 most difficult, one expert only (14 lighted for night skiing); two terrain parks.
Off the slopes: The Plunge tubing park, Ridgely's Fun Park for ages 3-11 (mini-tubing carousel, bear paw snow shoes, tunnels, a gentle hill for tubing), outdoor ice skating rink.
Children's programs: The Treehouse Kids Ski Programs for ages 3 and up; full- and half-day programs available, including Ridgely’s Rippers for 4-12 year-old skiers. Mountain Explorers for intermediate ski and snowboarding, ages 7-14; full- and half-day programs available. Group and private lessons available for all skill levels. Childcare programs for ages 2 ½ - 12; an approved babysitting list is available at the Front Desk, or call 434-325-2200.
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe
Lift rates: $49-$99. Children 5 and under ski for $10 with ticketed adult. One ticket allows access to three ski areas. For the best lift ticket rates, buy in advance online at least 72 hours in advance.
Number of slopes: 22 easier, 20 moderate, 13 more difficult, one expert only; three ski areas; five areas of freestyle terrain.
Off the slopes: Off-road Adventure tours, snowmobile tours, Coca-Cola Tube Park, indoor bounce park.
Children's programs: Terrain based learning for first-time skiers and snowboarders; full- and half-day ski and snowboard lessons for ages 4-12; group lessons for skiers and snowboarders ages 13 and up; Pre-Ski Play Center full- and half-day programs for children ages 2-4.
Winterplace Ski Resort
100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road, Ghent
(Exit 28 off I-77, near Ghent and Flat Top, W.Va.)
Lift rates: $21-$69. Children 4 and under ski free with ticketed adult. Purchase tickets online in advance for lowest prices.
Number of slopes: 12 easiest, 11 more difficult, four most difficult; two terrain parks.
Off the slopes: Largest snow tubing park in W.Va. including two lifts; children must be at least 44 inches tall.
Children's programs: SkiWee and Snow Explorers programs teach skiing and snowboarding to ages 4-12; full- and half-day programs available. Ski School group lessons for ages 6 and up; private lessons also available. Frostie's Kinder Care is available for 6 months to 4 years old.
If you prefer tubing to skiing, consider these tubing-only resorts for a family getaway.
2058 Skyland Drive, Seven Devils
Tubing rates: $27-$34. Sessions are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Children must be 3 years old to snow tube.
Lanes: Four different areas to snow tube with more than 30 lanes that span from 400 to 1000 feet long.
Bonus: Longest zip line tour on the East Coast, featuring 20 cables, four of which are known in the zip line industry as super or mega zips.
Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing
N.C. Highway 181 South, Jonas Ridge
(GPS: 9472 N.C. 181, Newland)
Tubing rate: $23-$30. Sessions are one hour and 45 minutes. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Group rates available.
Lanes: Six lanes to choose from that go from slow to very steep and fast for the more daring snow tuber.
Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park
5865 Willow Road, Hendersonville
Tubing rates: $25 per person, or $400 for 20 tickets; cash only. Sessions are two hours. No age or height restrictions. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Lanes: Three plus a fourth short lane for children.
Bonus: The only snow tubing park in the southeast that allows trains limited to 6 people with a height requirement of 48 inches. Carousel rides for all ages.
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center
7420 Dillard Rd., Scaly Mountain
Tubing rates: $25. Sessions are 2 hours. Must be 42 inches or taller and 4 years old to ride. Kiddie slope also open for young tubers $12 for 2 hours. Group rates available for parties of 20 or more.
Bonus: Outdoor ice skating rink; $12 for 1 hour.