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Where is the best place to ski in NC?
Where should we stay ... about 6 of us?
Beech mountain is the best in nc, IMO. If you can't find a house to rent on the slopes, I'd stay at the Alpen inn.
Very little difference in Beech and Sugar. Beech is definitely better for night skiing. Don't go on MLK weekend. It will be super crowded and you will be miserable.
Beech Mth and Sugar Mtn are the 2 largest resorts and have the most snow making capability. With the warmer weather the smaller mtns are at a snow disadvantage. When you call and get a snow report they'll tell you they have so much fresh snow over a base of X inches. That's at a shady spot where snow has drifted, not in the middle of a slope. In the southeast, when its been warm like this, you'll get some bare spots and when the cold returns, you'll get some eastern boilerplate ice. Snowshoe, in W. Va. is an even larger resort, but still subject to the same weather related problems, but maybe to a lesser extent. Another consideration is what is the level of the skiers? You want a mtn with some varied terrain that fits your ability level. Sugar Mtn seems to have a bit more beginner terrain than Beech. If you're intermediate level and up, either should be fine. The thing about skiing in NC is that weekends are a pita. The lift lines are interminable and you spend a huge portion of the day standing around. The runs are not nearly as long as out west, they don't have as many lifts and the mtns are smaller, so skiers don't get disbursed over the mtn and all wind up at the lifts at the same time. Finally, what time of year are you going? Most years, by the end of February its beginning to warm and the season usually ends early to mid march.
Depends on what you're looking for. Sugar has more terrain and longer slopes. Beech has adequate terrain and less crowded. You can flip a coin and enjoy both about the same...IMO. I get in moods for them both. Have enjoyed Sugar more in recent trips.
I've stayed at Archers Mountain Inn, Banner Elk Inn and Beech Alpen Inn and liked all of them.
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At the moment with the warmer weather we are having, both mountains have some lifts and slopes shut down.
Drive a little bit further and go to WinterPlace it is well worth it. Its in West Virgina ( scored another Touch Down)
This post was edited by USCDEREK 15 months ago
I have always preferred Sugar for the longer trails and diversity. Beech is pretty straightforward and only offers a few different runs for your average skier or snowboarder.
Sugar will be the busiest though so factor that in. If your foks are beginners try Appalachian. Not my favorite but offers, or at least used to, the best ski school and is really set up for first timers.
This post was edited by MrNiceGuy 15 months ago
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Drive a little further and go to Snowshoe WV
Yes! Snowshoe is my favorite and I wanna go badly....
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and if not Snowshoe...at least Winterplace. It has to be the easiest resort on the planet to get to. Right on the interstate.
we've always enjoyed both Sugar and Beech.
Want more runs, longer runs? Head to Slaty Fork, WV....and visit Snoeshoe. I grew up around there (Pocahontas County) and it's awesome. Try Cup Run, Widowmaker and Ballhooter. They are all Family friendly, if that applies.
What's the one right off I-77?
Is it Winterplace?
I used to go there all the time years ago. At the time it was one of the better kept secrets if you like alot of runs without much wait between runs.
I have stayed at the Sleep Inn in Boone, NC when skiing at Sugar. Really friendly staff, easy to find hotel, and close to the city in case you want to go out that night. I used to have their number, but you can find it on a Google search.
I would always chose Winterplace over Beech or Sugar because the skiing is better and you can get there in about the same amount of time. It is further distance wise but because its all interstate, its an easy drive. Snowshoe is about another three hours from Winterplace, by the way.
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The lines at Sugar are much longer due to the slow two man lifts. Beech has a high speed quad lift from the base. Makes a huge difference.
Snowshoe is the definitely worth the extra drive, especially if you plan on staying overnight for a couple of days. I've never had more fun skiing drunk with my friends like I had there.
I have stayed here several times. Great spot on Beech Mountain.
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