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13 regional parks offer winter wonderlands

January 7th, 2014 4:41 pm by Entertainment Staff

13 regional parks offer winter wonderlands

Photo courtesy of Sugar Mountain Ski Resort.

From downhill and cross-country skiing, snow boarding and snowshoeing to ice skating and tubing, seven ski resorts in North Carolina, one in Tennessee, two in Virginia and three in West Virginia provide a winter playground for area snow enthusiasts.

Here’s a look at what the winter resorts closest to the Tri-Cities have to offer.

NORTH CAROLINA

Appalachian Ski Mountain
Location: Blowing Rock
Slopes: 12
Lifts: 6
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: No
Terrain Parks: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes
Upcoming events: Smith Shred for the Cup Rail Jam on Jan. 5; K2Pop This!/Fresh Friday 2 on Jan. 10; Burton Ladies Park Session on Jan. 11; GNU/Libtech Shred for the Cup Big Air on Jan. 26.
Contact: (800) 322-2373 or www.appskimtn.com

Beech Mountain Resort
Location: Beech Mountain
Slopes: 15
Lifts: 7
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: No
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes
Upcoming events: January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and Beech is offering affordable options for lessons and lodging
Contact: (800) 438-2093 or www.beechmountainresort.com

Cataloochee Ski Area
Location: Maggie Valley
Slopes: 17
Lifts: 6
Night Skiing: Tuesdays through Saturdays
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: No
Upcoming events: Military Appreciation Days are Jan. 23 and 24
Miscellany: TubeWorld, located four miles from the ski area, offers five snow runs. New this season, Cataloochee offers online advance sales of Tube World tube session tickets in addition to regular daily lift tickets and rentals.
Contact: (800) 768-0285 or www.cataloochee.com.

Hawksnest Tubing Park
Location: Seven Devils, between Boone and Banner Elk
Slopes: Tubing only (20 lanes and two lifts)
Snowboarding: No
Terrain Park: No
Ice Skating: No
Miscellany: Recognized for having the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast, the resort has the longest zip line tour on the East Coast as well, featuring 20 cables, including four mega zips. The zip line operates year-round.
Contact: (800) 822-4295 or www.hawksnest-resort.com

Sapphire Valley Ski Area
Location: Sapphire
Slopes: 2 (beginner and intermediate)
Lifts: 3
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: Yes
Terrain Park: No
Ice Skating: No
Contact: (828) 743-7663 or www.skisapphire.com

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
Location: Sugar Mountain
Slopes: 20 (15 with lights for night skiing)
Lifts: 11
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes
Snowshoeing: Yes
Special events: Crescent Ski Council Competition is Jan. 4 and 5; National Winter Trails Day is Jan. 11; High Country Junior Race Series Giant Slalom is Jan. 12.
Contact: (800) 784-2768 or www.skisugar.com

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Location: Mars Hill
Slopes: 22
Lifts: 5
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: No
Contact: (828) 689-4111 or www.skiwolfridgenc.com

TENNESSEE

Ober Gatlinburg
Location: Gatlinburg
Slopes: 9
Lifts: 4
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes
Upcoming events: College Night is Jan. 9; Special Olympics Tennessee Winter Games 2014 is Jan. 27 and 28.
Contact: (800) 251-9202 or www.skiobergatlinburg.com

VIRGINIA

The Homestead Resort
Location: Hot Springs
Slopes: 9
Night Skiing: 6-9 p.m., Saturdays
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes
Miscellany: The Homestead offers half-hour snowmobile tours
Contact: (540) 839-1766 or www.thehomestead.com

Wintergreen Resort
Location: Wintergreen
Slopes: 26
Lifts: 5
Night Skiing: Yes (14 slopes)
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes
Contact: (434) 325-2200 or www.wintergreenresort.com

WEST VIRGINIA

Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Location: Snowshoe
Slopes: 60
Lifts: 15
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: No
Miscellany: Snowshoe offers three different ski areas — Snowshoe Basin, Silver Creek and Western Territory
Contact: (877) 441-4386 or www.snowshoemtn.com

Winterplace Ski Resort
Location: Ghent/Flat Top
Slopes: 27
Lifts: 9
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: No
Miscellany: Winterplace offers West Virginia’s largest snow tubing park with two super carpet lifts
Contact: (800) 607-7669 or www.winterplace.com

Timberline Four Seasons Resort
Location: Davis
Slopes: 39
Lifts: 4
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Tubing: No
Terrain Park: Yes
Ice Skating: No
Cross-country skiing: Yes
Contact: (800) 766-9464 or www.timberlineresort.com

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