The North Carolina Mountains Places




Gold Card. Enjoy unlimited skiing at six Western North Carolina resorts (including Appalachian Mountain, Beech Mountain, Cataloochee Ranch, Sapphire Valley, Sugar Mountain, and Wolf Ridge Ski Resort) with the Gold Card, sold beginning in early summer for $800. 828/898-4521 Ext. 261.

Cataloochee Ranch. In addition to having outstanding skiing and snowboarding, Cataloochee Ranch has cabin rentals and hosts lots of different activities for the whole family. 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley, NC, 28751. 828/926–1401 or 800/868-1401.

Sapphire Valley Ski Area. At around 3,400 feet, Sapphire Valley offers basic skiing, snowboarding, and a 500-foot tube run. 4000 U.S. 64W, Sapphire Valley, NC, 28774. 828/743–1169 Ski lodge; 800/743-1162 Snow report.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. You can "Ski the Wolf" at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, which has night skiing and excellent snowmaking capabilities. Weekday all-day and evening lift tickets are $46, weekends $69. 578 Valley View Cir., Mars Hill, NC, 28754. 828/689–4111 or 800/817–4111. Open Dec.-early Mar., depending on weather and ski conditions.


Navitat Canopy Adventures. Zip through the treetops at Navitat, which has 10 zip lines, ranging from 120 to 1100 feet in length. There also are hiking trails, two sky bridges, and two rappelling areas on the 240-acre site. Zip-line tours through the trees, lasting about three hours, cost $89. The zip lines have a 250-pound weight limit. 242 Poverty Branch Rd., 25 miles north of downtown Asheville, Greater Asheville, Barnardsville, NC, 28709. From Asheville, take I-26/US Hwy. 19/23 to Jupiter/Barnardsville exit (Exit 15), then take Barnardsville Hwy. (NC 197) east 6 miles to Barnardsville. At Barnardsville post office, turn north on Poverty Branch Road (SR2171) and go 1.5 miles to Navitat (on left). 828/626–3700 or 855/628–4828. Closed Dec.–Mar.

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