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Where to stay, things to do in winter

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Where to stay, things to do in winter

We have never visited Blowing Rock but we would like to visit right after Christmas and do some skiing/tubing. Any suggestions on where to stay? We would love to be able to skii to our condo if possible. Are there any lighted slopes or unique things to do here during that time, or New Years? Any info is great!! This will be our first time skiing as a family..so hoping the kids will enjoy it!

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1. Re: Where to stay, things to do in winter

Beech Mountain, NC or Sugar Mountain, NC are probably better for skiing to your condo. The ski slope in Blowing Rock is Appalachian Ski Mountain and it is smaller and has fewer slope side rentals, but I believe there are a few. I'm not sure if Appalachian Ski Mountain offers tubing or not. Pretty sure either Sugar or Beech or both do. There's also Hawksnest which is a former small ski resort that has been converted into a big snow tubing place. Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing is another small tubing-only place.

Do be aware that there is the off-chance that if we get a really warm spell the slopes could have to close. They don't want to! That is their prime money-making season but a few years ago Mother Nature did not cooperate and they had to close for much of December. As long as overnight temps are below freezing they can make snow, though, so chances are unlikely that will happen again.

Edited: 30 August 2018, 08:56
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2. Re: Where to stay, things to do in winter

Appalachian offered tubing a number of years ago as we took our kids there. Dont remember seeing cabins there but we probably weren't looking either as we stayed in one across from there. We could see the mountain from our cabin but it wasnt close. We have been lucky when we visited even tho we dont ski, there was snow every year we went and it was always at Christmas.

Is Jonas Ridge over near Banner Elk? I think that might be the place we saw last time we were up there. It looked like fun but we didnt stop.

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3. Re: Where to stay, things to do in winter

Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing (http://www.jonasridgesnowtube.com/) is in Jonas Ridge :) It's near Pineola and Crossnore, between the town of Linville Falls and the town of Linville, off 181. Not super close to Banner Elk. I wouldn't think you would go that route to Banner Elk as it would be pretty out of the way, but maybe you saw Hawksnest. They've got a bunch of billboards though and their name is displayed pretty prominently so I think you'd know it was Hawksnest. Hawksnest is in Seven Devils near Sugar Mt. It would be more on the way from Blowing Rock to Banner Elk. https://hawksnesttubing.com/

Appalachian Ski Mountain (not to be confused with Appalachian State University, which is commonly known as Appalachian and is a much bigger entity than the little resort) has a website here: https://www.appskimtn.com/ .

I don't see any mention of tubing on their site so if they did offer it in the past I don't believe they do any more. They have snow boarding, skiing, and ice skating.

Sugar Mt has tubing as well as skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating: http://www.skisugar.com/

Beech Mt also has tubing, skiing, snowboarding and ice skating: https://www.beechmountainresort.com/

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4. Re: Where to stay, things to do in winter

There are not many "ski in ski out" places to stay at NC ski resorts. I'm most familiar with Beech, and the slopeside units are houses, and are adjacent to the more advanced slopes, I can't really speak for Sugar, but suspect it's the same situation.

The slopes are lighted for night skiing, which is a good option that time of year, as it will be very crowded with long lift lines, especially for the beginner slopes.

The prior posts are correct......likely the slopes will be open with man made snow, but no guarantee. That is their busiest time of year, so every effort is made to keep snow on the slopes. Natural snow on the ground is much less likely, but you might get lucky.

One negative of staying slopeside is the snow cannons will run all night, and they are very noisy.

Most people stay close by and drive to the slope..

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