Most Difficult Ski Slopes in the High Country

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We’ve already gone over skiing in the High Country for beginners, but if you’re a seasoned expert on the slopes, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered, too. The High Country is home to some of the best NC mountains; there is no shortage of challenging and exhilarating trails for the experienced skier.
Here our favorite hand-picked ski runs:

Sugar Mountain – Whoopedoo, Boulderdash, Tom Terrific

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Beginning at an elevation of 5300 feet, Sugar Mountain is perfect for all thrill-seekers looking for their next adrenaline rush. The resort has one of the longest cumulative drops and boasts the only double black diamond run in the area, Whoopdedoo, which covers the entire 1200-foot drop of the mountain. For those up for the challenge, you’ll be greeted with a stunning view of the High Country at the mountaintop.

In addition to Whoopdedoo, Sugar Mountain also has two black diamond runs, Tom Terrific and Boulder Dash, that are perfect for less experienced skiers who are still looking for the adrenaline rush. Together, this trio of slopes form the ultimate challenge and draw in experienced skiers from all over the Southeast.

Beech Mountain – White Lightning, Southern Star

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If you’re craving more challenging slopes, head over to Beech Mountain for another run at their two black diamond trails: White Lightning and Southern Star. Although they may not be quite as difficult as Whoopdedoo, both trails are more than enough to get your heart racing. Beech Mountain is the highest ski resort in the Eastern United States with a summit elevation of 5506 feet. The trails are carved out to offer the best views and an abundance of fresh, natural powder.
White Lightning is the local favorite and the  more difficult run of the two. The trail gently starts, then takes the skiers on a whirlwind of twists, turns, and drops.

Appalachian Ski Mountain – Upper Big Appal, Hard Core, Thin Slice

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A High Country skiing staple, Appalachian Ski Mountain has three black diamonds for advanced skiers. Upper Big Appal is one of the resort’s gems, with 365 vertical feet cutting straight through the entire mountain before flattening out at the end. If you’re looking for more adventurous terrain, check out Hard Core and Thin Slice – both trails weave through the woods, giving you a change of scenery as you navigate the narrow and steep paths.
For an added challenge, try out the slopes at night; Appalachian Ski Mountain is the only resort in the High Country to offer late night skiing.


There’s nothing quite like downhill ski that tests your skiing skills. The High Country has everything you need to satisfy your craving for adventure. With eight difficult trails and three different resorts to choose from, you’ll have your hands full for your next visit.