9 ski slopes to check out this winter

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Hopefully, y’all are reading this newsletter this morning with a hot cup of coffee in hand and a fresh dusting of powder falling outside. ❄️  If that’s not enough to put you in the spirit for some winter activities, we don’t know what is.  

Yet another great thing about Greenville is that there are plenty of options for everyone for the *ski-son* that are just a road trip away whether you’re a pro-skier or snowboarder, total beginner, or just enjoy hanging out and taking pictures of the snow.

Disclaimer: Many resorts are offering limited lift tickets + requiring advanced purchases this year to prevent overcrowding because of COVID-19. We recommend checking individual resort websites for updated protocol information + case counts in nearby areas before booking a trip.

Appalachian Ski Mountain 

📍 Blowing Rock, NC | 🚙  ~2 hour 45 minute drive from Greenville | 💰 $32-75 (lift tickets) + $18-36 (rentals) 

Calling all adventure seekers – this mountain is for you. With three terrain parks, App offers more freestyle slopes than other North Carolina ski areas. The mountain also had nine additional trails + there’s also an ice skating arena.

Beech Mountain Resort 

📍 Beech Mountain, NC | 🚙  ~2 hour 45 minute drive from Greenville | 💰 $30-84 (lift tickets) + $28-34 (rentals)

With 17 trails and eight lifts, Beech Mountain makes for a great day trip from Greenville or an overnight trip with night skiing. There are also tubing and ice skating activities on the mountain. #ProTip: Stop by Fred’s General Mercantile for a hot bite or all your ski rental needs. 

Sugar Mountain Resort 

📍 Sugar Mountain, NC | 🚙  ~2 hour 45 minute drive from Greenville | 💰 $23-77 (lift tickets) + $16-45 (rentals)

There’s a snow activity for everyone in the family at Sugar Mountain, including snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding, ice skating, and snow tubing. With 21 slopes and eight lifts, Sugar Mountain makes a great day or weekend trip.

Cataloochee Ski Area  

📍 Maggie Valley, NC | 🚙  ~2 hour drive from Greenville | 💰 $28-73 (lift tickets) + $33 (rentals)

As the oldest ski area in North Carolina, Cataloochee is a great mountain for beginners + skiers and snowboarders looking to improve skills. The mountain has 18 trails and five lifts. #ProTip: If you have time, see if you can do some elk watching while you’re in the neighborhood.

Hawksnest Snow Tubing and Zipline 

📍 Seven Devils, NC | 🚙  ~2 hour 45 minute drive from Greenville | 💰 $33+

Balance not your strong suit? Hawksnest has over 30 lanes for snow tubing that range from 400-1,000 feet long, making it the largest tubing park on the East Coast. Plus, over 20 ziplines spanning over four miles, with some as long as 2,000 ft

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort 

📍 Mars Hill, NC | 🚙  ~1 hour 45 minute drive from Greenville | 💰 $21-78 (lift tickets) + $24-34 (rentals)

Wolf Ridge is located around 40 minutes outside of Asheville, making it a great stop to add to a weekend trip. Their 14 slopes are great for beginners and intermediate levels.

Winterplace Ski Resort 

📍 Ghent, WV | 🚙  ~4 hour 30 minute drive from Greenville | 💰 $37-76 (lift tickets) + $20-39 (rentals)

Winterplace Ski Resort has 27 slopes, a terrain park + and ten lifts and has been named the best place to learn to ski in the Southeast. For those who prefer not to hit the slopes, there’s also 14 lanes of snow tubing

Snowshoe Mountain Resort 

📍 Snowshoe, WV | 🚙  ~7 hour drive from Greenville | 💰 $55-118 (lift tickets) + $35-40 (rentals)

Okay this one may be a stretch for a reasonable road trip length – but trust us, it’s worth the drive. With 61 slopes, Snowshoe Mountain is the largest ski resort in the Southeast + there’s a large variety of slopes for all skill levels. 

Wintergreen Resort 

📍 Nellysford, VA | 🚙  ~5 hour 30 minute drive from Greenville | 💰 $29-99 (lift tickets) + $36-46 (rentals)

With 27 slopes, Wintergreen Resort has options for all skill levels, including a designated lift for an expert level of the mountain.