Get your NC Ski/Snowboard on! It looks like our very first #snowmageddon2017 is upon us, especially in the mountains! That makes for AWESOME ski weather this weekend – fresh snow and powder! Lucky for us, we have a few ski resort areas just a hop, skip and a jump from the QC (well, maybe a little further:-). And this weekend is the perfect weather for a spontaneous family ski outing – if you can get your SUV out of your hood!
Keep this list handy throughout your ski season since it goes through mid-March. As always, make sure you check resort websites and call ahead for weather reports and slope closures. Smarty Tip: It’s easier to get your ski and snowboard rentals in Charlotte so when you get to your destination, you’re ready to go. Our favorite spots are Alpine Ski and Ski Country Sports.
In typical Smarty fashion, we’re bringing you our Top 5 tried and true Smarty favorite local ski spots based on proximity to Charlotte and best options.
Ski Beech is always top of the Plym snowboarding list with the coolest Burton Snowboarding school and gear. We make a point to go a few times a season since it’s so close and the weather is always a winter wonderland up there – boasting 5506 elevation, the highest in the East. We love the quaint town of Beech with the best kid-friendly restaurants including Fred’s Backside Deli, our fave breakfast spot, Famous Fast Eddies and Famous Brick Oven Pizza.
Beech Mountain Resort
1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy
Lift rates: Click here.
Number of slopes: 17 total trails and a new Freestyle Terrain.
Off the slopes: A brand new tubing park, ice skating in Alpine Village and an amazing brewery, my personal favorite hangout because…well, I grew up in Florida and let’s just say I’m the worst skier in my family. I’m totally OK with this thanks to my besties at Beech Mountain Brewing Co.
Distance from Charlotte: 3 hours
Sugar Mountain Resort is another Charlotte area favorite ski and snowboard destination as it’s the largest ski area in NC with skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice-skating and snow shoe guided tours. The restaurants are extensive in the Sugar Mountain/Banner Elk area – click here for a list of options.
Number of slopes: 21 plus a freestyle terrain park.
Distance from Charlotte: 2 1/2 hours.
Appalachian Ski Mountain is a favorite day-trip option for Charlotteans since it’s the closest and really close to Blowing Rock, which many families love to spend their winter weekends.
Lift rates: Click here.
Number of slopes: Nine slopes and three freestyle terrain parks.
Off the slopes: Outdoor ice rink.
Distance from Charlotte: 2 hours.
The Homestead located in Virginia is America’s First Resort. Full of history and natural beauty, Homestead is a family favorite and offers a variety of winter activities. Ski, snowboard, ice-skate or even sail down the new Penguins Slides Tubing Park. It’s a win-win for everyone in your family!
Number of slopes: 10 slopes, 45 acres for skiing and snowboarding.
Off the slopes: Tubing and ice-skating.
For the kids: Rossignol Experience Center and Little Penguins Program.
Distance from Charlotte: 4 1/2 hours.
Snowshoe is known for the best skiing conditions with over 55 slopes, which makes it totally worth the extra drive from Charlotte. The accommodations are amazing with plentiful ski-in and out options. Oh and did I mention a SPA?! Sign me up! They also offer snowmobiling, a Comedy Cellar, a tube park and yoga. Snowshoe pretty much rocks the house!
Number of slopes: 22 easier, 20 moderate, 13 more difficult, one expert only; three ski areas; five areas of freestyle terrain. Nuf said.
Off the slopes: Refer to links above!
Distance from Charlotte: 5 1/2 hours