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North Carolina is home to some of the tallest mountains in the East, and skiers have made good use of them. The state’s biggest ski area is Sugar Mountain. Boasting 1,200 feet of vertical drop and six lifts, Sugar has some of the toughest runs in the south and a wide array of on-mountain amenities. Nearby, Ski Beech has a dramatic mountain-top location – from the summit you can see for miles. There are 10 lifts here serving 15 trails spread across 95 acres and an 830-foot vertical drop. The snowmaking king in North Carolina is Appalachian, which makes up for its modest 365-foot vertical drop with ample artificial snow and a great learn-to-ski program.
Further south, Wolf Ridge is Asheville’s home mountain and is just off Interstate 26. It has three lifts serving 15 trails on 72 acres and with a 700-foot vertical drop. Cataloochee, near Maggie Valley, is popular with church groups and residents of Atlanta – it has a 740-foot vertical drop, five lifts, and memorable views into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sapphire Valley is part of a four-season resort and has a chairlift and moving carpet serving two runs and a 200-foot vertical drop.
As you draw up plans for your next visit to North Carolina, be sure to include some time on the slopes – the Cataloochee Ski Area just so happens to be one of the premier ski destinations in the country. Found just north of Maggie Valley in the Mountainous region of North Carolina, Cataloochee Ski Area yields fun filled days for all.
With a total of 18 runs, and a top elevation of 5,400 feet, the Cataloochee Ski Area consistently proves to be a top ski destination – for beginers to advances skiers. There are three chairlifts and two carpet lifts at Cataloochee. Because this ski area depends heavily on snowmaking, rather than natural snow fall, Cataloochee has one of the longest ski seasons, lasting, on average, 125 days.