7 places to ski and snowboard within 3 hours of Charlotte, plus lift rates, rental rates and more

7 places to ski and snowboard within 3 hours of Charlotte, plus lift rates, rental rates and more
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What’s better than a day on the slopes followed by a little après ski? Nothing, that’s what — other than a trip that can be made in a day (someone convince my friends, please).

Note: Pricing shown is for 2018-19 season, updated January 2019. Some resorts offer special discounted pricing in the off-peak season, on weekdays and multi-day rentals.


Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock

Distance from Charlotte: 95 miles, 1 hour 53 minutes
Season:
Until March 24
Rental rates:
$13-$42
Lift rate: $19-$72
Number of slopes:
12 (3 easiest, 6 more difficult, 3 most difficult)
Right now:
Slope report and live slope cam
Play: There are three ice skating sessions per day ($18-$23, details) plus three terrain parks.
Eat:
The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with breakfast, wings, hot dogs and more.

Find it at 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock, and connect on Facebook.


Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain

Distance from Charlotte: 121 miles, 2 hours 35 minutes
Season:
Until March 24
Rental rates:
$21-$46, $10 for helmet rentals
Lift rates: $21-$68
Number of slopes: 
17 (3 easy, 7 intermediate, 4 black diamonds, 2 freestyle)
Right now:
Slope and lift reports and live slope cam
Play: Ice skating, tubing, terrain park
Eat and drink:
Beech Mountain Brewing Company or 5506′ Skybar

Find it at 1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, 28604, and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Sugar Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain

Distance from Charlotte: 113 miles, 2 hours 17 minutes
Scheduled season:
Through March
Rental rates:
$13-$43, $5-$12 for helmet
Lift rates: $24-$75 
Number of slopes: 
21 (7 easy, 9 intermediate, 5 black diamond)
Right now:
Current conditions and webcam
Play: There’s also tubing, ice skating, snow shoeing, a spa and more on site.
Eat:
All Decked Out Grill is open on weekends and holidays, weather permitting, at the Base Lodge.

Find it at 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Banner Elk, 28604, and connect on Instagram.


Winterplace Ski Resort, Ghent, West Virginia

Distance from Charlotte: 190 miles, 3 hours
Scheduled season: Through March
Rental rates: $20-$38.50 including boots and poles, $8 for helmets
Lift rate: $35-$72
Number of slopes:
27 (12 easy, 11 intermediate, 4 black diamond)
Right now:
Cams
Play: The resort is home to West Virginia’s largest snow tubing park
Eat:
Food court, MountainHouse, Mickey’s Mountain Cafe, Snowdrift Lounge and more all on site with food and drink.

Find it at 100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road, Ghent, West Virginia, 25843, and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, Mars Hill

Distance from Charlotte: 160 miles, 2 hours 40 minutes
Season:
Until mid-March
Rental rates:
$24-$34, $10 for helmets
Lift rates: $31-$78
Number of slopes: 15 (4 easy, 9 intermediate, 2 black diamonds)
Right now:
Ski report
Play: Tube run ($15-$25)

Find it at 578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill, 28754, and connect on Facebook.

Feature photo via Facebook.


Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley

Distance from Charlotte: 153 miles, 2 hours 50 minutes
Rental rates:
$27-$32, including boots and poles, $8 for a helmet
Lift rate: $30-$82
Number of slopes:
17 (8 easy, 7 intermediate, 2 black diamond)
Right now:
Cams
Play: Try tubing ($25) or hitting the terrain park which has jumps, rails and more. 
Eat:
Maggie Valley Sandwich ShopJoey’s Pancake House, BrickHouse Burgers and Pizza

Find it at 1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751, and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Sapphire Valley, Sapphire

Distance from Charlotte: 151 miles, 2 hours 45 minutes
Rental rates: $34-$30
Lift rate: $21-$63
Number of slopes: 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.
Right now: Cams
Play: There’s tubing and a number of amenities, like a sauna, gym and movie rentals, for those who stay on site.
Eat: Four Seasons Grille is in the ski lodge, and Mica’s Restaurant and Lounge, Sapphire Mountain Brewing Co. and Cork & Barrel are nearby.

Find it at 127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire, NC 28774. 

[Header photo of Beech Mountain via Instagram]


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