With the Farmer’s Almanac predicting a long, cold, snowy winter ahead of us, many Atlantans will soon start to daydream of winter sports. It’s been almost a decade since the last ski resort in Georgia shut its doors, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), but many Georgians have never given up their love of the slopes.
The southeast still hosts a number of ski resorts within a day’s drive of Atlanta, if you don’t mind a little man-made snow.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Maggie Valley, N.C.
180 miles from Atlanta
Some lower and medium difficulty slopes at this resort opened in mid-November, according to the resort’s snow report. The Cataloochee Ski Area—which is the closest resort to Atlanta and set at 5,400 feet—will be running on pre-season hours until mid December, when it will finally open on all 17 slopes and seven lifts.
Ober Gatlinburg Resort and Amusement Park
200 miles from Atlanta
This ski resort and amusement park offers six lifts and tows for its 10 slopes that include two black diamonds. The tubing hill will also be open through Easter.
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Mars Hill, N.C.
225 miles from Atlanta
At 4,000 to 4,700-foot elevation, this resort opened just before Thanksgiving and can supplement natural snow with man-made snow across its grounds. With five lifts and 22 slopes, Wolf Ridge offers three diamond courses and a newly expanded features terrain this year.
Sugar Mountain Resort
Banner Elk, N.C.
280 miles from Atlanta
This large, 4,100 to 5,300-foot elevation resort opened in early November, and it features 20 trails, seven lifts and a 1½ mile run. The resort team has the ability to make snow across the entire complex of slopes, which are almost entirely beginner and intermediate levels. There are a few advanced slopes though for the daredevils in your home.
Appalachian Ski Mountain
Blowing Rock, N.C.
290 miles from Atlanta
This family resort set at 3,600 to 4,000-foot elevation opened its slopes in mid-November, thanks to some man-made snow. It’s home to a dozen slopes of varying difficulty, more than 60 terrain features and six lifts and tows. It also offers an ice skating rink, a ½ mile run and slope lights for night skiing.
While the resorts above are a comfortable drive from Atlanta, our area offers attractions for those seeking snow much closer to home.
Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain, Ga.
20 miles from downtown
Here, families can tube, build snowmen and make snow angels.
Centennial Olympic Park
Features an ice skating rink with real ice from just before Thanksgiving through mid-January.