The Best Ski Resorts In and Around Boone

The ski industry in North Carolina brings in tens of thousands of ski enthusiasts. The High Country of North Carolina is home to some of the best skiing in the southeast. Home to Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain, there are a variety of options for winter sports.

Skiing in the High Country

Ski season in the High Country typically begins around Thanksgiving and runs into late March. Most of the resorts in the High Country use natural and manmade snow to create excellent slope conditions when combined with sub-freezing temperatures. The best ski resorts are just a short drive from Boone, Banner Elk or Blowing Rock so you can hit the slopes and make it to your favorite downtown haunt with ease.

#1: Appalachian Ski Mountain

Appalachian Ski Mountain is the closest to downtown Boone at about a six mile drive and is less than four miles from downtown Blowing Rock. Appalachian Ski Mountain is the oldest ski resort in the High Country, opening up in 1962.

The mountain boasts 10 slopes and two impressive terrain parks. Appalachian Ski Mountain is a great option for beginners due to the approachable runs and is a favorite amongst Boone locals who love the short drive and great bang for your buck.

For more advanced skiers and snowboarders, the two terrain parks offer an opportunity to get creative unlike any other in the region. The mountain is also home to the French Swiss Ski College, which is the Southeast’s largest ski school. Appalachian Ski Mountain has a Bavarian style lodge with a restaurant, lounge, shops and an observation deck to watch all the action on the mountain.

#2: Beech Mountain Resort


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At 5,506, Beech Mountain Resort is the highest ski area in the east. The resort is located on Beech Mountain, a beautiful 24 mile drive from downtown Boone and about five miles from Banner Elk. Beech Mountain has 15 slopes and 7 chair lifts, offering a variety of terrain for both skiers and snowboarders.

The weeknight deals such as “Ladies’ Night” and “Men’s Night” are a big draw for locals looking to hit the slopes with friends and at a super affordable rate. One of the big draws to Beech Mountain Resort is the 5506’ Skybar. Boasting a 2,800 square foot deck, 5506’ is at the very top of Beech Mountain. Enjoying a beverage or snack at this location, with views across the region is incomparable.

#3: Sugar Mountain Resort


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Sugar Mountain Resort is just four miles from Banner Elk on top of Sugar Mountain, 16 miles from Boone. Sugar Mountain Resort is the largest ski area in North Carolina, with 20 slopes and eight lifts. There are 115 skiable acres on Sugar Mountain Resort! The resort has a shop, restaurants, and a lounge. With opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, Sugar Mountain Resort is a must for winter sports enthusiasts!

Winter Sports Options For Kids

Hawksnest Snow Tubing

If you want to get the kids out to play but don’t want to commit to skiing, Hawksnest Snow Tubing in Seven Devils is an excellent choice as well! Hawksnest is the largest snow tubing park on the east coast and is a hit for families. Located between Boone and Banner Elk, it’s super convenient. For thrill seekers, check out their Snowbird Zipline!

Find NC Property Near Ski Resorts

The luxury and lifestyle of living on the slopes is a winter sport enthusiasts dream. 828 Real Estate’s resort and second property specialists can help you find the perfect mountain home. From slope-side condos to intimate mountain cabins, our local network of real estate professionals are unmatched with connecting buyers and sellers of High Country, Blue Ridge Mountain properties.

About the Author

"I am a proud Boonie and feel grateful to call the High Country home. Hailing from Rome, Georgia, I am the youngest of three brothers, the proud son of a German and a native Atlantan. It only took one college visit for me to fall in love with Boone in 2011. After four years of school and various jobs in the community, I was offered an opportunity to hit the road and work all over the East Coast. I worked in construction management/sales and property inspections for insurance companies. The year of 2018 was a monumental year for me as it saw me complete my degree in Business Management and buy my home in downtown Boone, where I run an Airbnb (the Bent Street Bungalow). I live with my two dogs, Redman and Junior, and spend more time than I should in my garden or out in the woods with my pups. I bring a passion for people, connections and diplomacy to the table and love applying that to being a Realtor. My experience in construction and sales provide a unique set of tools for the world of real estate. I am so excited to help you facilitate your Boone experience and truly believe there’s no place quite like the 828. I love Boone for the normal reasons—cool air, storied mountains, vibrant rivers and so on, but I also love Boone because it is just so easy to have a good day here. The community is unlike any other I have experienced and I look forward to growing with it for a long time to come. Working in real estate is my full-time endeavor so I am fully invested in helping you with my knowledge of the area, my enthusiastic work ethic and my creativity in marketing to ensure that the best possible result is achieved.”