This time of year, North Carolina is no longer about the Cheerwine and pig pickin’s al fresco. It’s all about the powder baby! So grab your Pugs' winter sports apparel, haul out the tire chains, gas up the family vehicle and go! We’ve got the frosty 411 on some of the best places to go downhill skiing and we’re willing to dish it up like a Food Network star on steroids. Now without further adieu, here’s our rundown on where to plant those skis in the Tar Heel State:
1.) Beech Mountain Resort (Beech Mountain)
If you’re all about the summit elevation, Beech Mountain Resort is the place to plop down your Pugs' winter sports gear for the weekend. It rings in with an impressive 5,506-foot elevation to its credit, complete with a heart-stopping, 830-foot vertical drop. Ski the White Lightning or any other of the resorts' 16 runs then check out its dueling terrain parks and giant ice skating rink. Aaah, talk about your winter nirvana!
2.) Appalachian Ski Mountain (Blowing Rock)
Prefer sporting your Pugs' gear at boss terrain parks than conquering the ski trail with the most summit elevation? Then make ski or snowboard tracks to the Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock. You’ll hit the terrain park trifecta and have access to 12 ski runs, plus a 6,000-foot ice skating arena too. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a chance to ski until midnight on select weekends?
3.) Sugar Mountain Resort (Avery County)
Plan on bringing the snow rats along for the ride? If so, go for Avery County’s Sugar Mountain Resort. It’s got 700-foot long tubing lanes for the kiddos in addition to a 10,000-square foot ice rink, snowshoeing area and 20 great ski runs. Winter packages that include meals, rooms and more are on offer too. So feel free to bring extra Pugs' gear in your suitcase and stay a few more days.
4.) Sapphire Valley Ski Area (Transylvania County)
Love a hefty slice of weird with your winter sports? Well then, our Pugs team suggests that you grab an extra roll of toilet paper and head towards Transylvania County’s Sapphire Valley Ski Area. Each year, they host a hilarious round of Outhouse Races on top of offering access to 1,600-foot long ski trails and a snow tubing area complete with a 60-foot vertical drop. We just can’t make this stuff up and don’t say that you weren’t warned.
5.) Cataloochee Ski Area (Maggie Valley)
Lastly, we’re tossing Maggie Valley’s Catalooche Ski Area onto our list because it’s got a little something for everyone. It boasts a 740-foot vertical drop and a 5,400-foot summit elevation. Furthermore, they offer day, twilight and night options for both snowboarders and skiers. Packages that include overnight accommodations, skiing, snowboarding and tubing are available as well.
And remember, our Pugs' winter cool beanies will keep you feeling warm and looking hot no matter which Tar Heel State ski spot you choose. So suit up, pick one, have fun and ski on brothers and sisters! We'll be looking for you.