Your 2014 guide to Southeast ski slopes

hmims@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 4, 2014 

NORTH CAROLINA

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Location: Off U.S. 321, near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 12. Base elevation: 3,635 feet. Vertical drop: 365 feet. Skiable acres: 28. Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced. Outdoor ice skating.

Lifts: 2 quad chairs, 1 double chair, 2 conveyors, 1 handle-tow.

Children’s programs: Yes.

Details: 800-322-237 or appskimtn.com or appterrainpark.com

Beech Mountain Resort

Location: Off N.C. 184, north of Banner Elk.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 15. Base elevation: 4,675 feet. Vertical drop: 830 feet. Skiable acres: 95. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced. Snowboarding, ice skating. Two terrain parks. Lifts: 2 quad chairs (one high-speed; one fixed-grip), 4 double chairs, 1 J-bar.

Children’s programs: Yes.

Details: 800-438-2093 or beechmountainresort.com

Cataloochee Ski Area

Location: Off Interstate 40, in Maggie Valley.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 17. Base elevation: 4,660 feet. Vertical drop: 740 feet. Skiable acres: 50. Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced.

Lifts: 1 quad chair, 1 triple chair, 1 double chair, 3 conveyors.

Children’s programs:Yes.

Details: 800-768-0285 or cataloochee.com

Snow report: 800-768-3588.

Hawksnest Tubing

Location: Off N.C. 105, south of Boone.

Lay of the land: Base elevation: 4,200 feet. 20 tubing lanes (400 to 1,000 feet long); skiing not offered. Zipline.

Lifts: 2 moving-carpet conveyors.

Details: 800-822-4295 or hawksnesttubing.com or hawksnestzipline.com

Scaly Mountain

Outdoor Center

Location: On N.C. 106 (Dillard Road), southwest of Highlands.

Lay of the land: Runs:1 to 3 (varies with snow). Base elevation: 3,800 feet. Vertical drop: 200 feet. No skiing; tubing and ice skating only. Lifts: 1 carpet lift.

Children’s programs: Kiddie hill.

Details: 828-526-3737 or scalymountain.com

Sugar Mountain Resort

Location: On N.C. 184, east of Boone. 1009 Sugar Mountain Dr.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 20. Base elevation: 4,100 feet. Vertical drop: 1,200 feet. Skiable acres: 115 (100 at night). Terrain: 40 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced. Lifts: 1 triple chair, 4 double chairs, 2 conveyors (1 in tubing park), 1 handle-tow (in terrain park).

Children’s programs:Yes.

Details: 800-784-2768 or skisugar.com

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Location: Off Exit 3 from Interstate 26, north of Asheville in Mars Hill.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 20, plus two tube runs nearby. Base elevation: 4,000 feet. Vertical drop: 700 feet. Skiable acres: 72. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced. Lifts: 2 quad chairs, 2 double chairs, 1 conveyor.

Children’s programs: Ski school.

Details: 800-817-4111 or skiwolfridgenc.com

TENNESSEE

Ober Gatlinburg

Location:Gatlinburg.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 9. Base elevation: 2,700 feet. Vertical drop: 600 feet. Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced. Lifts: 2 quad chairs, 1 double chair, 1 rope-tow.

Children’s programs: Yes.

Details: 800-251-9202 or obergatlinburg.com

VIRGINIA

Bryce Resort

Location: Off Interstate 81, in Basye, near W.Va. border, (exit 273).

Lay of the land: Slopes: 8. Base elevation: 1,250 feet. Vertical drop: 500 feet. Skiable acres: 25. Terrain: 34 percent beginner, 33 percent intermediate, 33 percent advanced. Snowboarding, snow tubing. Lifts: 1 double chair, 5 conveyors, 1 quad.

Children’s programs: Yes.

Details: 800-821-1444 or bryceresort.com

The Homestead

Location: U.S. 220, west of Charlottesville.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 9. Base elevation: 2,500 feet. Vertical drop: 700 feet. Skiable acres: 45. Terrain: 40 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced. Snowboarding, tubing, skating, snowmobiling. Lifts: 1 double chair, 2 J-bars.

Children’s programs:Yes.

Details: 540-839-1766 or thehomestead.com

Massanutten

Location: Near Harrisonburg, 10 minutes from Interstate 81.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 14. Base elevation: 1,770 feet. Vertical drop: 1,110 feet. Skiable acres: 70. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced. Snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating. Lifts: 3 quad chairs, 1 triple chair, 1 J-bar (at advanced terrain park), 3 conveyors (two at learning area, one at tube park).

Children’s programs: Yes.

Details: 540-289-4954 or massresort.com

Snow report: 800-207-6277

Wintergreen

Location: Off Blue Ridge Parkway, southwest of Charlottesville.

Lay of the land:Slopes: 26. Base elevation: 3,515 feet. Vertical drop: 1,003 feet. Skiable acres: 129. Terrain: 23 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, 42 percent advanced. Snowboarding, 2 snow tubing parks. Play area for little kids. Lifts: 1 double chair, 1 triple chair, 1 quad chair, 2 high-speed sixes, 2 surface lifts.

Children’s programs: Yes.

Details:434-325-2100; or wintergreenresort.com

WEST VIRGINIA

Canaan Valley

Location: Northeast of Elkins, at Davis.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 43. Base elevation: 3,685 feet. Vertical drop: 850 feet. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced. Snowboarding, tube park. Lifts: 2 triple chairs, 1 quad chair; 1 magic carpet at ski and tubing park.

Children’s programs: Yes.

Details: 800-622-4121 or canaanresort.com

Snowshoe Mountain

Location:Off U.S. 219 North, 15 minutes west of Cass.

Lay of the land:Slopes: 60 slopes and trails. Base elevation: 4,848 feet. Vertical drop: 1,500 feet. Terrain: 42 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 28 percent advanced. Snowboarding, snow tubing. Lifts: 7 triple chairs, 3 quad chairs, 3 high-speed quads, 4 surface lifts.

Children’s programs:Yes.

Details: 877-441-4386 or snowshoemtn.com

Timberline

Location: Off W.Va. 32, near U.S. 219 North.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 40. Base elevation: 4,268 feet. Vertical drop: 1,000 feet. Skiable acres: 100. Terrain: 34 percent beginner, 34 percent advanced, 32 percent expert. Cross-country, snowboarding. Lifts: 1 double chair, 2 triple chairs, 1 surface lift. Slope-side hotel.

Children’s programs:Yes.

Details: 800-766-9464 or timberlineresort.com

Winterplace

Location: Ghent, off Interstate 77.

Lay of the land:Slopes: 27. Base elevation: 3,600 feet. Vertical drop: 603 feet. Terrain: 37 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 23 percent advanced. Snowboarding, tubing park, 2 terrain parks. Lifts: 2 quad chairs, 2 double chairs, 3 triple chairs, 2 carpet lifts.

Children’s programs: Yes.

Details: 800-607-7669 or winterplace.com

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