Ski season is finally here, just in time to gift the skier or snowboarder in your life lift tickets.
Luckily, North Carolina has a handful of options for those wanting to take a quick trip to the mountains (someone please convince my friends). Here are seven ski resorts located within three hours of Charlotte.
- Editor’s Note: Pricing shown is for 2021/22 season, updated December 2021. Some resorts offer special discounted pricing in the off-peak season, on weekdays and on multi-day rentals.
Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock
Distance from Charlotte: ~95 miles, 1 hour 53 minutes
Season: Now until March 27, 2022
Rental rates: $18-$35 for ski rentals. $36-$42 for snowboard rentals. Find more details here.
Lift rates: $34-$71. More details can be found here.
Number of slopes: 12 (three green runs, three blue runs, three black diamond runs and three freestyle terrain areas)
Food & drink: The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with offerings like eggs and bacon, grilled burgers and hot dogs.
Prefer not to hit the slopes? Hit the ice skating rink instead. There are three ice skating sessions per day (noon to 2pm, 3-5pm and 7-9pm). Ice skating rates range from $19-$26 depending on the day of the week. Details.
Sugar Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain
Distance from Charlotte: ~113 miles, 2 hours 15 minutes
Season: Open now through March 2022
Rental rates: $18-$21 for ski rentals, $43-$49 for snowboard rentals, $12 for poles and helmet rentals are $9-$14. Full details here.
Lift rates: $39-$80. Find the full price breakdown here.
Number of slopes: 21 (eight green runs, nine blue runs, one blue/black run, two black runs and one double black run).
Food & drink: There are several places nearby to grab something to eat. Click here for a full list of options.
Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain
Distance from Charlotte: ~121 miles, 2 hours 35 minutes
Season: Open now through March 18, 2022
Rental rates: Ski & snowboard rentals range from $28-$34. Helmets rent for $10, ski boots and snowboard boots rent for $15. Find more details here.
Lift rates: $36-$46. Find the price breakdown here.
Number of slopes: 17 (four green runs, eight blue runs, four black diamond runs and two freestyle terrain parks)
Prefer not to hit the slopes? Ice skating is closed for the 2021/2022 season, but tubing will open later this season. Check the status here.
Sapphire Valley, Sapphire
Distance from Charlotte: ~151 miles, 2 hours 45 minutes
Scheduled season: December 18, 2021, until early March 2022
Rental rates (rental + lift): $42-$83. See the full breakdown here.
Lift rate (only): $26-$58
Number of slopes: Two. The resort has one 1,600-foot main run with a 200-foot vertical drop. It accommodates all levels of skiers and aims to attract families. There’s also a beginner/training slope.
Food & drink: Take a break to refuel at one of the resort’s many restaurants. Find the list here.
Want more mountain fun? There’s tubing and a number of amenities, like a sauna and gym for those who stay on site.
Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley
Distance from Charlotte: ~155 miles, 2 hours 50 minutes
Season: Now through the end of February 2022
Rental rates: $29-$35; $10 for helmets. See the details here.
Lift rates: $26-$76. See the full breakdown here.
Number of slopes: 17 (eight green runs, seven blue runs, two black runs and a terrain park)
Want more mountain fun? Go tubing. See details here.
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, Mars Hill
Distance from Charlotte: ~160 miles, 2 hours 40 minutes
Season: Now until mid-March 2022
Rental rates: $28-$36; $10 for helmets. Find the full details here.
Lift rates: $35-$70. Find the full details here.
Number of slopes: 14 (Four green runs, nine blue runs and two black diamond runs)
More mountain fun? Go snow tubing. See the full details here.
Winterplace Ski Resort, Ghent, West Virginia
Distance from Charlotte: ~195 miles, 3 hours
Scheduled season: December 18 until mid-March 2022
Rental rates: $28-$39 including boots and poles, $10 for helmets. Find the full breakdown here.
Lift rates: $39.99-$70.99. Find more details here.
Number of slopes: 27 (12 green runs, 11 blue runs, 4 black diamond runs plus 1 terrain park)
Food & drink: Stop and grab a bite to eat at one of several on-site dining spots like Mountain Mama’s Food court, The MountainHouse or Snowdrift Lounge. More info can be found here.
Alternatives to the slopes? The resort is home to West Virginia’s largest snow tubing park.
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