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NC Ski Resorts To Open In Weeks

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In North Carolina there are six full-service ski areas with 89 slopes for all abilities as well as freestyle terrain parks, ice skating, tubing and more. In North Carolina there are six full-service ski areas with 89 slopes for all abilities as well as freestyle terrain parks, ice skating, tubing and more.

North Carolina ski resorts are getting ready to open their slopes, ice rinks and tube runs. According to the NC Division of Tourism opening day typically falls a week or so before Thanksgiving with the season lasting until late March.

In North Carolina there are six full-service ski areas with 89 slopes for all abilities as well as freestyle terrain parks, ice skating, tubing and more.

According to a study on the 2009-2010 season commissioned by the Ski Areas Association, the overall economic value of the ski resort industry was $146 million. Nearly half of the 672,000 ski visitors came from other states.

Here's a rundown of North Carolina's ski areas:

APPALACHIAN SKI MTN.

Blowing Rock

At a glance:

27 acres of skiable terrain with 12 slopes and trails (three beginner, three intermediate, three advanced, three freestyle terrain areas). Peak elevation: 4,000 feet. Vertical drop: 365 feet. Longest run: 2,640 feet. Lifts includes a double and two quads. Resort also features a Zamboni-maintained ice rink.

Connect:

www.appskimtn.com, www.appterrainpark.com; 828-295-7828.

BEECH MOUNTAIN RESORT

Beech Mountain

At a glance:

95 acres of skiable terrain with 15 slopes and trails (three beginner, six intermediate, four advanced, two freestyle terrain areas). Peak elevation: 5,506 feet - higher than any slope east of the Rockies. Vertical drop: 830 feet. Longest run: 1 mile. Lifts include four doubles, a quad and a high-speed quad with a panoramic vista. With a village ice rink and the Beech Mountain Adaptive Snowsports Center for kids and adults with disabilities.

Connect:

www.beechmountainresort.com, 800-438-2093

CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA

Maggie Valley

At a glance:

50 acres of skiable terrain with 17 slopes and trails (eight beginner, six intermediate, three advanced) and one freestyle terrain park. Peak elevation: 5,400 feet. Vertical drop: 740 feet. Longest run: 3,500 feet (Upper and Lower Snowbird). Lifts include a double, a triple and a quad. Area offers interscholastic and NASTAR recreational race programs. Nearby Tube World features a six-run tubing park and a Wee Bowl Snowplay Area. The Cataloochee Snow School includes an adaptive ski program for adults and children with disabilities.

Connect:

www.cataloochee.com, 828-926-0285.

SAPPHIRE VALLEY SKI AREA

Sapphire

At a glance:

8 acres of skiable terrain with two trails (one beginner, one intermediate). Peak elevation: 3,780 feet. Vertical drop: 200 feet. Longest run: 1,600 feet. Quad lift for the main run.

Connect:

skisapphirevalley.com, 828-743-7663.

SUGAR MOUNTAIN RESORT

Sugar Mountain

At a glance:

115 acres of skiable area with 20 slopes and trails (seven beginner, nine intermediate, three advanced, one freestyle terrain area). Peak elevation: 5,300 feet. Vertical drop: 1,200 feet. Longest run: 1.5 miles. Lifts include four doubles and one triple. With a 700-foot, multilane tube run; ice skating; guided snowshoe tour; and public racing program.

Connect:

www.skisugar.com, 828- 898-4521.

WOLF RIDGE SKI RESORT

Mars Hill

At a glance:

72 acres of skiable terrain with 22 slopes and trails (11 beginner, eight intermediate, three advanced) and a terrain park. Peak elevation: 4,700 feet. Vertical drop: 700 feet. Longest run: 3,700 feet. Lifts include two quads, two doubles and a magic carpet. With a tube run just outside the resort.

Connect:

www.skiwolfridgenc.com, 828-689-4111.

HAWKSNEST SNOW TUBING AND ZIPLINE COURSE

Seven Devils Hawksnest Resort is a family-friendly winter area that's home to the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast as well as the longest zipline tour in the nation. The tubing park is comprised of four areas and more than 20 lighted lanes ranging from 400 to 1,000 feet in length. The zipline course features 20 cables covering over four miles and is open year-round. 4 Mega zips over 1500 feet. Www.hawksnesttubing.com, 828-963-6561, 800-822-4295.

JONAS RIDGE SNOW TUBING PARK

Jonas Ridge Take your tube to the top of the hill and hold on for an exhilarating ride down one of the six lanes at Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing Park. After tubing, warm up inside by the fireplace or watch from an observation deck. The park also offers night tubing. www.jonasridgesnowtube.com, 828-733-4155.

MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN SNOW TUBING PARK

Hendersonville Moonshine Mountain features 500 feet of fun and allows trains of up to eight people, which other places forbid. moonshinemountain.com, 828-696-0333.

SCALY MOUNTAIN OUTDOOR CENTER

Scaly Mountain Scaly Mountain offers year-round tubing with snow in the winter and artificial turf in the summer. The resort offers a separate slope for young tubers and also has a skating rink. www.scalymountain.com, 828-526-3737.

BEECH MOUNTAIN SLEDDING HILL

Beech Mountain The town of Beech Mountain maintains a free sledding hill for children 12 and younger (parents can ride with smaller children), next to Town Hall. A combination of natural and man-made snow keeps the conditions right. Plastic sleds are required. www.beechmtn.com, 828-387-9283.

For more information on destinations, accommodations and trip planning, link to VisitNC.com.

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