7 Ski Resorts Within Driving Distance of Atlanta

7 Ski Resorts Within Driving Distance of Atlanta

Colorado, Utah, Montana… these states all come to mind when planning a family ski vacation. But did you know that Atlanta has several options for family ski trips within driving distance? Great for getting your winter ski fix without the expense of flying! Also, perfect locations to test your kids on the slopes before the investment of traveling out west not knowing if they will love it or hate it. Check out the list below for some great locations and go hit the slopes before the snow melts!


7 Ski Resorts Within Driving Distance of Atlanta

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Appalachian Ski Mountain

940 Ski Mountain Rd., Blowing Rock, N.C.; 828-295-7828

  • Driving distance from Atlanta ~5 hours
  • Lift tickets: $24-$80
  • Slope Details: 3 beginners, 3 intermediate, 3 advanced, 3 freestyle. 6 lifts
  • For the Kids: SKIWee Camp (ages 4-10) and Cruiser Camp (ages 7-12) teach beginner and first-time skiing and snowboarding. Mountain Challengers (ages 7-12) teach intermediate skiing skills. Childcare (ages 1-4) is available in the Nursery
  • Other Activities: Ice skating

Beech Mountain Resort

1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy., Beech Mountain N.C.; 800-438-2093

  • Driving distance from Atlanta ~5 hours
  • Lift tickets: $26-$91; ages 4 and younger free with a ticketed adult
  • Slope Details: 3 beginners, 7 intermediate, 4 advanced, 2 freestyle. 8 lifts
  • For the Kids: Group and private lessons available for ages 4 and older. The Snow Kamp indoor/outdoor program (ages 3-5) includes childcare and basic ski instruction. Snowflakes Childcare serves ages 1-5, with snacks and a large playroom. Traxx (ages 6-12) offers instruction for beginner and experienced skiers.
  • Other Activities: Ice skating, tubing, restaurants, two-port shops

Cataloochee Ski AreaCataloochee Ski

1080 Ski Lodge Rd., Maggie Valley, N.C.; 828-926-0285

  • Driving distance from Atlanta ~3.5 hours
  • Lift tickets: $27-$79; ages 4 and younger free with a ticketed adult
  • Slope Details: 8 beginners, 7 intermediate, 2 advanced, 1 freestyle. 5 lifts
  • For the Kids: Private lessons for ages 3 and older; group and family lessons for ages 8 and older, Cat Trackers (ages 4-12) includes ski instruction, games, and activities
  • Other Activities: Snow tubing, ski shop

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area

1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn.; 865-436-5423

  • Driving distance from Atlanta ~4 hours
  • Lift tickets: $35-$79; ages 5 and younger free with a ticketed adult
  • Slope Details: 2 beginners, 6 intermediate, 3 advanced, 3 lifts
  • For the Kids: Group and private lessons for ages 5 and older
  • Other Activities: Snow tubing, aerial tramway, ice skating, ski mountain coaster, kids’ snow zone, wildlife encounter, shops, restaurants

Ski Sapphire Valley

127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire, N.C.; 828-743-7663

  • Driving distance from Atlanta ~3 hours
  • Lift tickets: $21-$83
  • Slope Details: 1 beginner, 1 main, 2 lifts
  • For the Kids: Private lessons for ages 4 and older; group lessons for ages 5 and older
  • Off the slopes: Snow tubing

Sugar Mountain ResortSugar Mountain Ski

1009 Sugar Mountain Dr., Sugar Mountain, N.C.; 828-898-4521

  • Driving distance from Atlanta ~5 hours
  • Lift tickets: $28-$84; ages 4 and younger free with a ticketed adult
  • Slope Details: 9 beginners, 10 intermediate, 3 advanced, 8 lifts
  • For the Kids: Group lessons for ages 8 and older; private lessons for all ages. Sugar Bear Ski School (ages 5-10); Polar Bear Snowboard School (ages 7-14)
  • Other Activities: Snow tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill, N.C.; 828-689-4111

  • Driving distance from Atlanta ~4 hours
  • Lift tickets: $25-$92; ages 4 and younger free with a ticketed adult
  • Slope Details: 4 easy, 9 intermediate, 2 advanced, 4 lifts
  • For the Kids: Snow Sports School offers private (ages 5 and older) and group (ages 8 and older)
  • Slope Details: Snow tubing, lodge with restaurant and gift shop

What are your favorite skiing spots in the area? Let us know in the comments!

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Jessica is an adventure-loving, over-committing, and previously organized mother of 2! She and her husband (high school sweethearts) moved to Atlanta in 2006 after graduating college, ready to start their life in the “real world”. They have experienced so many wonderful life milestones while in Atlanta – lived in Buckhead pre-kids, bought a house in great Smyrna neighborhood, had their first child in 2011 (a spunky little girl, Vivian), welcomed their second child exactly 18 months later in 2012 (a creative and crazy little boy, Harrison), and most recently added a Golden Doodle named Winston into the mix. Jessica and her family have since moved to the burbs of Milton where you now find them past 2 horse farms on the right. Jessica has always loved being part of a community, so when the opportunity to join the Atlanta Mom executive team presented itself it was a no brainer! She loved it so much, in fact, that in 2021 she and Natalie joined forces to lead the team and continue connecting with awesome moms across the ATL!

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