My home buyers relocating or buying real estate in the Lake Norman area come here for the most part for the beauty, the mild weather and quality of life of lake living. Lake Norman is known for it’s great water sports including competitive water skiing. But, what many don’t know is that Lake Norman is only about 90 minutes from some great SNOW skiing as well. From downhill and slalom skiing for all levels, to snow boarding, ice skating and sledding our local Appalachian mountains have it all and they are truly an easy two-hour drive in most cases! Check out the Official Site of North Carolina Ski Areas
As of this morning, one of the most popular ski resort,Appalachian Ski Mountain has 45″ – 69″ of packed power, their lifts are open and all but one of their slopes are open including their three black diamond slopes for you serious Lake Norman skiers! To the right is a photo taken from their webcam of what the slopes looked like when I visited their site several minutes ago. Like many of the local ski resorts, Appalachian Ski Mountain has several live webcams, up to date statistics on snow conditions, weather and slopes.
Another popular ski resort with Lake Norman residents is the Cataloochee Ski Area located in nearby Maggi Valley. They also offer all levels of skiing and daily updates on their website about daily snow conditions, slopes and weather.
Other ski and snow tubing resorts in the nearby Great Smokey Mountains (particularly the greater Boone area which is only 90 miles or so from Lake Norman) include: Hawksnest Snow Tubing Resort which is a leader in snow tubing according to a recent article in the Charlotte Observer. Sapphire Valley Ski Resort and Frozen Falls Tube Park is located 1.5 hours southwest of Ashville. Ski Beech at Beech Mountain which is located nearby Boone NC. Sugar Mountain Resort in Banner Elk near Boone who hosts the “National Winder Trail Days, a nation-wide event offer children and adults the opportunity to try snowshoeing for free. They offer over 600 new ski packages and 100 new snowboard packages! Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is located in Mars Hill about 30 miles north of Ashville. There are also other winter activities like sledding and tubing in our local mountains. So, if you are considering buying a home in the Lake Norman area, you can add snow sports and beautiful mountains just 90 minutes away to your list of reasons why!