If you’re in the High Country, you should definitely add skiing or snowboarding to your list of things to do. The natural snowfall, endless mountains, and cold temperatures all combine in the winter to create a skier’s paradise – from the end of November until mid-March, the area is transformed into a picturesque landscape of smooth slopes and sparkling snow. Don’t let the smaller mountain peaks of the Appalachian fool you. These slopes are both challenging and enjoyable. We’ve put together a guide to the area’s three ski resorts so that you’ll be prepared for your next visit.
App Ski Mountain – Blowing Rock, NC
If you’re looking for a timeless skiing experience, check out the High Country’s very first ski area: Appalachian Ski Mountain. Conveniently located between Blowing Rock and Boone, the resort opened in 1962 and has been serving skiers & snowboarders all across the nation ever since. Their twelve slopes offer skill levels for everyone, whether you’re experienced or a first-timer. And for all those beginners out there, don’t worry. The resort is also home to the French-Swiss Ski College, the Southeast’s largest independent ski school, where private and group lessons are offered daily.
Appalachian Terrain Park – ATP
Appalachian ski area also offers unique and fun events to switch up your riding habits. There are terrain parks set aside for freestyle, night skiing activities, music playing on the slopes, and heated sidewalks — all to keep you busy, entertained, and warm. It’s a great place to experience skiing or snowboarding for the first time or elevate your skills to the next level.
Appalachian Ski Live Cam – View Slopes
Ski Sugar – Sugar Mountain, NC
Celebrated 50 years in 2019 – Est. 1969
Nearby in Banner Elk, NC lies Sugar Mountain, North Carolina’s largest winter resort. With 21 slopes – including the area’s only double-black diamond run, Whoopdeedoo – Sugar Mountain is nearly unmatched in variety and size, making it fun for the whole family. Experiment with different slopes and terrains while taking in breathtaking views of the High Country and beyond – enjoy Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, and even distant Tennessee and Virginia from the comfort of your chairlift.
Sugar Mountain’s 115 skiable acres may seem daunting to an inexperienced rider, but don’t let the expert slopes intimidate you. There are plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes and terrains, and the resort’s own ski and snowboard school is perfect for learning or brushing up on your skiing skills. For instance, they recently added a new high-speed, detachable, quad chairlift for beginners! The resort offers great deals and packages throughout the winter season, so you’re probably safe not planning your visit until closer to when you’d like to travel.
Sugar Mountain hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year. There is always a fun activity or event happening on the mountain!
Ski Sugar Live Cams – View Slopes
Beech Mountain Resort – Beech Mountain, NC
Beech Mountain sits at an impressive 5,506 feet above sea level, the elevation of this resort town is one of its most attractive elements and makes it the highest ski resort in Eastern America. And with high elevation comes unbelievable views, which from the summit on a clear day will give way to mountains as far as the eye can see. Combined with the quaint ski village atmosphere and an exciting variety of slopes, Beech Mountain will quickly make its way to the top of your ski list.
Beech Mountain has recently upgraded their terrain park for freestyle skiers & snowboarders. The park includes features for both beginner and expert freestyle riders.
With more than 84 inches of annual snowfall, Beech Mountain is a snow lover’s paradise. The natural beauty of the High Country is highlighted by the crisp mountain air and warm, friendly environment. Whether you’re speeding down the steep White Lightning or freestyling in the beginner’s learning areas, there’s no better way to experience the excitement of the High Country
Beech Mountain Resort Cams – View Slopes
Skiing & snowboarding aren’t just a High Country pastime – it’s a beloved tradition that celebrates the area’s unique climate and culture. Next time you visit, make sure to check out one (or all) of the High Country’s resorts for a wonderful experience you won’t soon forget.