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7 ski slopes to check out this winter

Photo credit: @girlsgoshred

Whether you’re a pro skier, total beginner, or just enjoy taking pics and hanging in the snow with the squad, click the button below for seven spots to hit the slopes – you’ll find a place that is perfect for you and your crew.

Bonus: Some of these locations offer ice skating, tubing, zip lining, beer, shopping + more. But no worries, they all offer hot cocoa.

⛷️For a Griswold-approved family vacation…

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Appalachian Ski Mountain | Photo by @appalachianskimtn

Appalachian Ski Mountain |📍 Blowing Rock, N.C. | 💰 $21-72 (lift), $17-36 (rentals)  | 🚘 ~2 hr. + 45 min. from GVL

With three beginner slopes, three intermediate, three expert + three freestyle slopes, no one will be left out. App Ski Mountain also offers ice skating with packages starting at $18. #Pro-tip: They offer night skiing seven days a week.


⛷️For the skiers and non-skiers…

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Cataloochee Ski Area | Photo by @zfoy

Cataloochee Ski Area |📍Maggie Valley | 💰 $21-82 (lift), $27-32 (rentals) | 🚘 ~1 hr. + 45 min. from GVL

The oldest ski area in the state, with 18 slopes and five lifts. Best part? For those non-skiers, head over to Tube World located just a few miles from the slopes for some (you guessed it), tubing.


⛷️For those on a budget…

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Sapphire Valley | Photo by @anthonydenardis

Sapphire Valley |📍Sapphire, N.C. |💰 $21-60 (lift), $11-20 (rentals) | 🚘 ~1 hr. + 30 min. from GVL

Bonus: Sapphire Valley also offers a three-hour zipline tour on the Vordach for only $37.50.


⛷️For #SundayFunday…

Beech Mountain |📍Beech Mountain, N.C. | 💰 $20-79 (lift) +  $12-45 (rentals) – 25% off in March | 🚘 ~3 hours from GVL

13 slopes and five lifts, ready to make your day in the snow worthwhile. Ice skating, tubing, freestyle terrain + Beech Mountain Brewing Company–one of the only US breweries owned and operated by a ski area. (Talk about Funday). #Protip: After a long day on the slopes or the rink, wind down with the Long Winter Mocha Stout (9: ABV).


⛷️For those who want to stay more than one day…

Sugar Mountain Resort |📍Sugar Mountain, N.C. |💰 $18-74 (lift),  $10-33 (rentals) – 25% off in March | 🚘 ~2 hr. + 30 min. from GVL

With 21 slopes and eight lifts, ice skating, tubing, snowshoeing, 15 nearby lodging options, five nearby spa locations, nine dining options and plenty of shops close by, you and your group will want to stay as long as possible. Plus, ski lessons for the kids (a.k.a on-mountain babysitting.)


⛷️For the last-minute day trip…

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Wolf Ridge Ski Resort | Photo by @genapaigeboue

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort |📍Mars Hill, N.C. | 💰 $20-71 (lift), $10-34 (rentals) | 🚘 ~2 hours from GVL

Perfect for those who want to spend more time on the slopes than on the road. In addition to skiing/snowboarding their 15 slopes, you can spend your day on the Tube Run featuring a “magic carpet” lift.


⛷️For the non-skiiers/boarders who still want to play in the snow…

Hawksnest Tubing + Zipline |📍Seven Devils, N.C. |💰 Starting at $30 | 🚘 ~2 hr. + 45 min. from GVL

Featuring four areas + 30 different lanes, this is definitely the largest tubing park on the East Coast. Plus, over 20 ziplines with 4 miles of zipline riding over 200 feet and speeds up to 50 mph.


If you’re not tired of the snow already, then we definitely recommend taking a trip to hit the slopes (or give the gift of a mountain weekend for Christmas). Shred some ice, drink some cocoa, and enjoy the warmth of s’mores by a fire.

– The GVLtoday Team