Family-Friendly Ski Resorts Near Charleston


There are still a few more weeks of winter left to pack in an end-of-season family-friendly ski or snowboard trip! Consider one of these six mountains, all within a six-hour drive from Charleston. No flying required!

Family-Friendly Ski Resorts

Cataloochee Ski Area
Location: Maggie Valley, NC
Distance from CHS: Just under 5 hours
Closing Day: End of March (estimated)
Why Go: One of the closest ski resorts to Charleston, Cataloochee offers 50 skiable acres, night skiing, and snow tubing at nearby Tube World.
Plan Ahead: Put your littles in ski & ride full- or half-day program through their Kidz Ski & Ride Center. Online reservations are required.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Location: Mars Hill, NC
Distance from CHS: Just under 5 hours
Closing Day: Mid-March (estimated)
Why Go: At 4,700 feet elevation, Wolf Ridge offers 54 acres of skiable terrain with night skiing and snow tubing options. Located five miles off of I-26, Wolf Ridge is about 40 minutes north of Asheville and its closest ski mountain.
Plan Ahead: Private ski and snowboard lessons through the Snow Sports School are available for kids are available for aged 5 and up.

Sugar Mountain Resort
Location: Sugar Mountain, NC
Distance from CHS: 5 hours
Closing Day: End of March (estimated)
Why Go: With a 1,200-foot vertical and 21 slopes and trails, Sugar is the largest ski area in North Carolina and the only to boast a double black diamond run.
Plan Ahead: Daily childcare is available for children 1-9 years of age at the Drop-Off Child Care Center. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Beech Mountain Resort
Location: Beech Mountain, NC
Distance from CHS: 5.5 hours
Closing Day: Mid-March (estimated)
Why Go: The highest ski resort in the east and the second largest in North Carolina, Beech Mountain stands tall at 5,506 feet. The resort offers a variety of daily youth lessons and childcare options, including the Snowflakes Childcare program for ages 1-5 and Snow Kamp for kids ages 3-5.
Plan Ahead: Registration for the Snowflakes Childcare program and Snow Kamp are required.

Appalachian Ski Mountain
Location: Bowling Rock, NC
Distance from CHS: just under 5 hours
Closing Day: Mach 27
Why Go: Family-friendly and easy to navigate, Appalachian Ski Mountain offers 27 skiable acres and night skiing. There is an on-site nursery open seven days a week for children ages 1-4. Advanced online reservations are required.
Plan Ahead: Online reservations are required, so be sure to reserve your lift tickets and rentals before you go.

Winterplace Ski Resort
Location: Ghent, West Virginia
Distance from CHS: 6 hours
Closing Day: Mid-March (estimated)
Why Go: A great option for beginners with over 90 acres of skiable terrain, Winterplace is the state’s southernmost ski resort just minutes away from I-77.
Plan Ahead: Winterplace has the largest snow tubing area in West Virginia and offers a SkiWee and Snow Explorers half-day learn to ski/board programs for children ages 6-12.

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