When Can You FINALLY Go Snow Skiing In North Carolina?
There are many arguments that can be made as to why living in the Carolinas is the best place to live in the country. Among the best (specifically in the Charlotte area)? You’re just a couple of hours from the coast in the summer and the mountains in the fall and winter. Ever since the calendar turned to fall and Halloween decorations stored for another year, the question became, “When are the North Carolina ski resorts opening up?”
Good question. For winter sports and activities enthusiasts, the abnormally warm October and November have done nothing to help their jones. That being said, the last couple of mornings have brought freezing temperatures and the time has come for North Carolina mountain winter fun. WGHP-TV in Greensboro reports, from a revenue standpoint, not a moment too soon. According to the N.C. Ski Areas Association, the industry has an annual economic impact of more than $165.2 million dollars in North Carolina.
So when can you finally go skiing? Well, if you’re favorite spot is Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, the answer is now! Sugar Mountain is North Carolina’s largest winter resort, and it opened its slopes Tuesday morning. Sugar Mountain Resort boasts the the state’s only double black diamond slope and features both a sophisticated lift system and extensive off-the-slope activities. Also, for this season, Sugar Mountain has made significant investment in simplifying their equipment rental processes and has added new groomers and snow making machines.
Another popular spot is Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley. It opens up operations today (11/29). Opening in 1961, Cataloochee is the state’s oldest ski area and due to its location (along with its advanced snowmaking system), boasts the longest ski season.
Other resorts are gearing up this week as well. Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock opens 11/30, and Beech Mountain Resort kicks off operations this Saturday (Dec. 2).
So, skiing enthusiasts rejoice. Your time has come and places to play are waiting for you.