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).
Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock
Distance from Charlotte: 95 miles, 1 hour 53 minutes
Season: Until March 25
Rental rates: $9-$28 for skis, $17-$35 for snowboards (rates include boots and poles)
Lift rate: $18-$70 during the regular season, $14-$58 for the late season
Number of slopes: 9 (3 easy, 3 intermediate, 3 black diamond)
Right now: Slope report and live slope cam
Play: There are 3 ice skating sessions per day ($18-$23, details) plus 3 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: $12-$32 for ski rentals, $28-$40 (+$15 for boots) for snowboard rentals, $10 for helmet rentals
Lift rates: $20-$67
Number of slopes: 14 (3 easy, 6 intermediate, 4 black diamonds)
Right now: Slope and lift reports and live slope cam
Play: Ice skating, tubing, terrain park
Eat and drink: Beech Mountain Brewing Company
Sugar Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain
Distance from Charlotte: 113 miles, 2 hours 17 minutes
Scheduled season: Through March
Rental rates: $19-$33 during the season, $15-$25 after March 5 for skis, poles and boots. $28-$42 during the season, $21-$32 after March 5 for snowboards and boots. $4-$11 during the season, $3-$9 after March 5 for helmets.
Lift rates: $23-$74 during the season, $18-$56 after March 5
Number of slopes: 22 (7 easy, 10 intermediate, 4 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
Rental rates: $19.50-$96, including boots and poles, $8 for helmets
Lift rate: $22-$70
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
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, Mars Hill
Distance from Charlotte: 160 miles, 2 hours 40 minutes
Season: Until mid-March
Rental rates: $19 for skis, boots and poles, $34 for snowboards, $15 for ski bibs and $10 for helmets
Lift rates: $20-$71
Number of slopes: 14 (4 easy, 8 intermediate, 2 black diamonds)
Right now: Ski report and live slope cam
Play: Tube run ($15-$25)
Find it at 578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill, 28754, and connect on Facebook.
Feature photo via Facebook.