Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Winter Fun in Western North Carolina

Photo Courtesy of Cataloochee Ski Area
The holidays are over but winter fun is in full swing in Western North Carolina. The great part about vacationing in the Asheville and Western North Carolina area is that visitors can enjoy the ease of travel and mostly snow-free terrain of the lower elevations of Asheville, while being close to the snow-covered mountains and slopes of Western North Carolina.

How Far Are the Slopes from Asheville?
It's about a 30 to 45 minute drive from Asheville to the nearest slopes. Elevations of over 5,500 feet (some of the highest mountain peaks east of the Mississippi River) can be found within in an hour's drive of Asheville. Skiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers delight in the winter wonderland found here in Western North Carolina.

Where Are the Nearest Slopes to Asheville?
Photo Courtesy of Cataloochee Ski Area
Maggie Valley offers the Cataloochee Ski Area which boasts 16 slopes, three lifts, one rope tow, and one magic carpet lift. The Cataloochee Ski Area draws skiers and snowboarders alike to its slippery slopes. 

Also located in Maggie Valley is Tube World which offers six slopes and one children's tubing area. Tube World offers snow tubing only, not skiing.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is located in Mars Hill and gives visitors access to 15 slopes, four lifts, and tubing off-site. The resort offers skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.

You can find weekly winter ski reports here. Check out this valuable resource before planning your day on the slopes!

Where Can I Stay?
Myers Mountain Home Vacation Rental
All of the above mentioned are located within 45 minutes of Asheville making them the perfect choices for your days spent here. After some time on the slopes, come back to the warmth of your cozy mountain cabin and enjoy some hot cocoa by the fire or a enjoy a long soak in the hot tub. 

If you prefer to be closer to Asheville, choose a lovely vacation rental situated near the heart of downtown. After spending your day on the mountain, spend your evening at a trendy local restaurant or enjoy a hot toddy at a local watering hole. Warm up at one of the local coffee shops with a cup of your favorite Joe or take the kids out for a hot chocolate with all the fixings. You can find it all here in downtown Asheville.

Do you have any plans to spend part of your winter in Western North Carolina? If so, tell us about it in our comment section. When are you coming? What do you plan to do? We always love hearing from you! Happy Winter!

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