Ski Resorts Within a Day’s Drive From Nashville

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Winter is upon us, and that brings with it winter activities. But how can you enjoy skiing without mountains or snow near Middle Tennessee? Well, we have rounded up a list of great ski resorts, and other winter outdoor activities, within driving distance of Nashville!

Ski Resorts Within a Day’s Drive from Nashville

Ober Mountain- Gatlinburg

About 4 hours to the east, you will find Ober Gatlinburg, nestled in the Smoky Mountains. This area is a popular tourist destination for Tennesseans given the location. Ski slopes are open mid-December to mid-March. You can board the aerial-tram in downtown Gatlinburg to ride up, and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy once you arrive. There are 10 ski trails to choose from, but if skiing is not your thing, there are plenty other things to enjoy. They offer a ski mountain coaster, snow tubing, ice skating, ice bumper cars, a scenic chairlift, a wildlife encounter, and a carousel. What a fun adventure for a family and for all ages!


Sugar Mountain Resort- Sugar Mountain, NC

Located just over the Tennessee/North Carolina border, you will find Sugar Mountain. This ski resort has been running for over 50 years! They have some accommodations onsite, and have over 21 trails, including some for night skiing. They are mostly for beginners and intermediate skiers, but have some black diamond trails available. They also have snowshoeing, tubing and ice skating available. Check out their 2022-23 season brochure here for up-to-date info!


Snowshoe Mountain Resort- Snowshoe, WV

This one is a bit of a drive- around 9 hours from Nashville, but worth it! Snowshoe has over 60 ski trails, 40 bike trails, snowmobiling, and tubing. Their winter season runs from November 23 to March 26. There are beautiful onsite accommodations that include dining, shopping and a spa (for those members of your party who may enjoy the snow fun). The resort truly is breathtaking and worth the trip!


Hidden Valley Ski Resort- Wildwood, MO

Wildwood, Missouri is about 5.5 hours from Nashville- located near St Louis, so not a bad drive at all. The resort has been in operation since 1982. They have over 16 trails and 2 peaks. This resort is great for beginners and intermediate skiers of all ages. Snow tubing is also available, and a lodge with a fireplace to warm up after the slopes.
Side note, I highly suggest visiting St Louis and the new activities in Union Station before heading back to Nashville!


Beech Mountain Ski Resort- Beech Mountain, NC

Another North Carolina ski resort, not far from the Tennessee state line, resulting in about a 5.5 hour drive. North Carolina is scattered with ski resorts, if you are noticing a trend. This resort is best for intermediate and advanced skiers, as well as snowboarders. But if you are not an advanced skier, you can enjoy ice skating and tubing instead. The resort also has it’s very own brewing company, so you can enjoy a nice, fresh brew after hitting the slopes. There are multiple lodging choices close to the slopes. View the current travel brochure here for easy access details.


Sapphire Valley- Cashiers, NC

Cashiers is about a 5 hour drive from Nashville. This resort is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and perfect for beginners. They also have a zip-line and tubing available. Frozen Falls Tube Park has a 500 run with a 60-foot vertical drop- talk about an adventure! There are plenty of lodging choices from cabins to hotels nearby.


Paoli Peaks Mountain Resort- Paoli, IN

One of the closest options for Nashvillians, is to drive up north to Paoli, Indiana- only about 3.5 hours away. They are great for all levels, but mostly intermediate. They have an arctic blast tubing park available, as well as many dining options. There is not lodging at the resort itself, but within minutes. Paoli Peaks offers night skiing & snowboarding, so stick around and ski under the lights.


Appalachian Ski Mountain- Blowing Rock, NC

Located in Northwestern North Carolina, this resort is located about 6 hours from Nashville. As the first ski area in Northwestern North Carolina, Appalachian Ski Mountain has a long history of family-friendly terrain, as well as an excellent ski school, the French Swiss Ski College. Test your new skills on the 12 slopes that are a mix of greens, blues, and black diamonds, and ski under the stars with 100% night skiing coverage. Lodging is available onsite.


Wolf Ridge Ski Resort- Mars Hill, NC

Located a few miles off Interstate 26, this is one the most accessible resorts, about 5 hours away. With 700 feet of vertical and 14 runs, the hill has lots of room to play, especially for beginner and intermediate riders. Warm up by one of 3 stone fireplaces in the rustic lodge, and stay in nearby Mars Hill. Wolf Ridge is a family oriented resort offering everything from beginner to expert slopes. Lighted slopes offer nighttime skiing and snowboarding.  Adventure abounds in the area from skiing, snowboarding and tubing to mountain biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, caving, hiking. Find your winter adventure at The Wolf!
Side note- It is also only a 30 minute drive from Asheville, so a nice place to visit on your drive home.


Cataloochee Ski Area- Maggie Valley, NC

Cataloochee is about a 5 hour drive from Nashville. With 740 feet of vertical, it is a great place to go snowboarding or skiing, featuring 18 trails that are pretty evenly split across all levels. There is also a terrain park, tubing, and equipment rentals. The season runs from early November to late March. There are a number of options for lodging in nearby Maggie Valley.


Perfect North Slopes- Lawrenceburg, IN

Located up I-65, near Cincinnati, you will find Perfect North Slopes. The area has 23 trails, 1 of which is expert, 3 of which are most difficult, 2 of which are advanced intermediate, 12 of which are intermediate, and 5 of which are beginner. They also have snow tubing, dining and lodging available.


Winterplace Ski Resort-Flat Top, WV

Winterplace Ski Resort is a ski resort located in Flat Top, West Virginia on Raleigh County’s Flat Top Mountain. The southernmost ski resort in West Virginia, Winterplace is a popular attraction due to its proximity to Interstate 77 and is only about 6 hours from Nashville. Winterplace Ski Resort is the perfect place for beginners to learn to ski and more advanced skiers and riders to improve their technique or just spend some time having fun with family and friends. There are 27 slopes one a terrain tark. For the non-skiers in the group, they have a snow tubing park – no special equipment needed. The largest snow tubing Park in West Virginia with 2 Super tubing carpet lifts and up to 14 Lanes of cool fun. Hotels and lodging available.

No matter where you choose to take your family for your next ski adventure, make sure to plan ahead of time, so you have adequate lodging, tickets in advance, and the equipment you will need. You can rent equipment if you do not have your own, but as a planner myself, I highly suggest having all of that done before hitting the road. Also, you can make dining reservations in advance as well. If you or someone in your party needs lesson, you can look for those as well on any of the websites above. Some of the resorts also offer childcare if you have smaller children in your party that cannot participate.

Let us know your family’s favorite ski spot!

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