Fresh Snow Transforms WNC into a Ski and Snowboard Paradise

Fresh Snow Transforms WNC into a Ski and Snowboard Paradise
Yesterday evening at work, there was a glimmer of excitement in the air as we watched the first snowflakes of 2009 fall. We were confident there would be enough accumulation overnight to ensure a delayed workday. (Visions of hot chocolate in bed, a home-cooked breakfast, and a leisurely shower danced in my head.) Alas, the snow didn’t reach the Asheville valley. (There was NO hot chocolate in bed and I ran around the house like a mad-woman trying to get dressed in record time.)


But, my misfortune was the ski resorts’ luck as the cold front dumped snow on the resorts surrounding Western North Carolina. Snowboarders and ski bunnies take note, there’s a fresh layer on the slopes, making this week and weekend the perfect time to get out and have fun. Plus, the majority of our ski resorts are just a short drive from Asheville, meaning you can ski all day and chill out in downtown Asheville later that night.


  • Wolfe Ridge Resort received two-inches of snow overnight. The slopes are in excellent shape with more terrain to open this week.
  • Beech Mountain Resort has two-inches of fresh snow with a packed powder surface. Five slopes and lifts are open.
  • Cataloochee has nine ski trails open and a 40-65-inch base. They’ve also added to Mother Nature’s mix with fresh powder from the snow machines.
  • Sugar Mountain enjoyed a light layer of snow and is boosting the layer with man-made snow. There are currently 14 slopes open.

Click here for a complete listing of Western North Carolina’s ski resorts.

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