Jan 10, 2024 - Things to Do

Outdoor guide: 7 places to ski and snowboard within 3 hours of Charlotte

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Beech Mountain. Photo: Matt Hill/Axios Charlotte

North Carolina has a handful of options for those wanting to take a quick trip to the mountains.

Of note: The pricing shown is for the 2023/24 season, updated January 2024. Some resorts offer special discounted pricing in the off-peak season, on weekdays and multi-day rentals.

Here are seven ski resorts located within three hours of Charlotte.

Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock

Distance from Charlotte: ~95 miles; 1 hour 53 minutes

Season: Now until March 17, 2024

Rental rates: $19-$42 for ski rentals. $27-$48 for snowboard rentals.

Lift rates: $27-$83.

Number of slopes: 13 (three green runs, three blue runs, three black diamond runs and four freestyle terrain areas)

Slope status: Find the slope report here and get a live view from the slope cam here.

Food & drink: The onsite restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with offerings like eggs and bacon, grilled burgers and hot dogs.

Prefer not to hit the slopes? Hit the ice skating rink instead. There are three ice skating sessions per day (noon-2pm, 3-5pm and 7-9pm). Ice skating rates range from $21-$29, depending on the day of the week. Details.

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Photo: Matt Hill/Axios Charlotte

Sugar Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain

Distance from Charlotte: ~113 miles; 2 hours 15 minutes

Season: Open now through March 2024

Rental rates: $20-$26 for ski rentals, $38-$58 for snowboard rentals, $16-$20 for helmet rentals, $15 for poles.

Lift rates$32-$88.

Number of slopes: 21 (eight green runs, nine blue runs, one blue/black run, two black runs and one double black run).

Slope status: Find the slope report here and get a live view from the slope cam here.

Food & drink: There are several places nearby to grab something to eat. Click here for a full list of options.

Alternatives to the slopes? There’s tubing, ice skating and snowshoeing as well. Find more events and activities here.

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Photo: Matt Hill/Axios Charlotte

Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain

Distance from Charlotte: ~121 miles; 2 hours 35 minutes

Season: Open now through March 23, 2024

Rental rates: Ski rentals range from $30-$45, including boots, bindings and poles. Snowboard rentals range from $40-$45. Helmets rent for $15.

Lift rates: $30-$76.

Number of slopes: 17 (four green runs, eight blue runs, four black diamond runs and two freestyle terrain parks)

Slope status: Find the slope report here and get a live view from the slope cam here.

Food & drink: Grab a bite to eat from 5506′ Skybar or enjoy beer and bar bites from Beech Mountain Brewing Company.

Prefer not to hit the slopes? Ice skating is closed for the 2023/24 season, but tubing is open. Check the status here.

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Photo: Matt Hill/Axios Charlotte

Sapphire Valley, Sapphire

Distance from Charlotte: ~151 miles; 2 hours 45 minutes

Scheduled season: Now until March 3, 2024.

Rental rates (rental + lift): $39.75-$95.

Number of slopes: Two. 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.

Slope status: Find the snow report here and get a live view of snow production on the ski cam here.

Food & drink: Take a break to refuel at one of the resort’s many restaurants. Find the list here.

Want more mountain fun? There’s tubing and several amenities, like a sauna and gym for those who stay on-site.

Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley

Distance from Charlotte: ~155 miles, 2 hours 50 minutes

Season: Now through mid-March 2024

Rental rates: $36-$41 for skis; $41-$46 for snowboards; $10 for helmets.

Lift rates: $29-$83.

Number of slopes: 17 (eight green runs, seven blue runs, two black runs and a terrain park)

Slope status: See the snow report here and get a live view from the base cam here.

Food & drink: Start the day with a filling breakfast from Joey’s Pancake House, warm up with some award-winning chili from Maggie Valley Sandwich Shop and end the day at BrickHouse Burgers and Pizza.

Want more mountain fun? Go tubing. See details here.

Hatley Pointe Mountain Resort (Formerly Wolf Ridge), Mars Hill

Distance from Charlotte: ~160 miles, 2 hours 40 minutes

Season: Temporarily closed for repairs.

Rental rates: $40 for skis and snowboards; $15 for helmets.

Lift rates: $38-$85.

Number of slopes: 15 lighted runs with one double lift, one quad lift and two surface lifts.

Winterplace Ski Resort, Ghent, West Virginia

Distance from Charlotte: ~195 miles, 3 hours

Scheduled season: Now until March 10, 2024

Rental rates: $29-$40 including boots and poles, $10 for helmets.

Lift rates: $59-$83 for an all-day pass.

Number of slopes: 27 (12 green runs, 11 blue runs, 4 black diamond runs plus one terrain park)

Slope status: Find the snow report here and get a live view of the two slope cams here.

Food & drink: Stop and grab a bite to eat at one of several onsite dining spots like Mountain Mama’s Food Court, The MountainHouse or Snowdrift Lounge. More info can be found here.

Alternatives to the slopes? The resort is home to West Virginia’s largest snow tubing park.

Winterplace Ski Resort
Photo courtesy of Winterplace Ski Resort
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