Grab Your Skis and Boards – NC Ski Resorts Are Open

People on a ski lift in snow gear.
Emma Paillex

It’s a snowman’s dream come true – North Carolina ski resorts have opened their slopes and chairs for the season!

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and located just thirty minutes north of Asheville. The Wolf peaks at an elevation of 4,700 feet and sits in the shadow of Big Bald Mountain. They offer 54 acres of ski-able terrain, with snowmaking capability, 15 lighted runs, with 1 double lift, 1 quad lift, and 2 surface lifts. The resort is currently reporting a base depth of 16-30″ and groomed surface conditions.

Sugar Mountain Resort in Banner Elk is reporting an average depth of 43 – 82 inches with man-made powder and frozen granular surface conditions. Five of their lifts are operating in full. Rental and lift ticket prices are available on the Sugar Mountain Resort ticketing website.

Beech Mountain Resort, the highest ski area in eastern North America, currently has a base depth of 42″-78″ and packed powder surface. Nine of their trails are open with six lifts currently in service. Upper and Lower Shawneehaw are open, as are Upper and Lower Robbin’s Run, Crossover, Upper and Lower Powder Bowl, Freestyle, Play Yard, and the Park.

Cataloochee Ski Area is also open for the season, with current conditions that include a 46-74 inch base and a machine-worked surface. Seven of their eighteen trails are open, and all five lifts are operating.

Hawksnest Tubing Park is the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast, offering twenty lanes of tubing fun! Lanes are 400 – 1000 feet long, and their two conveyor lifts take snow tubers back to the top for more rides. Hawksnest has full snow making and lighting on all lanes to provide the best possible conditions and fun for the whole family.

For more information on the latest ski conditions, snow depth, new snow, lift tickets and season passes, and accommodations at your favorite ski mountain, please visit our 2019-2020 Asheville Ski Resorts Directory.

Last updated January 23, 2020.