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Ski Areas along the Blue Ridge Highway?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
We're going to be buzzing down South over the Thanksgiving holiday, and thought we'd see the sights.

Are there any ski areas along the Blue Ridge Highway or any other route directly North from Georgia? We'll be racing down to Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, and heading back to Massachussetts Thursday-Sunday, so we'll have time to see the sights on the way back.

Anything we should see along the way?
post #2 of 16
I've skied at one -- Sugar Mtn in North Carolina. That was 25 years ago, so I'm not sure if it still exists. However, there are other areas in the Boone and Banner Elk, NC area. The ski areas are within 15 or so miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Another ski area is Wintergreen, in Virginia. I've never skied there, but I did play their golf course a few years ago.
post #3 of 16
That could be very early for those ski areas. Any that are open, especially in NC probably have a wrod only.

Beech and Sugar are the "biggies" in the Banner Elk area - but nothing like what you're used to in Mass/VT. One of the largest reasons I originally moved to Colorado was the lift line at Sugar about 30 years ago. It started at the mid mountain unloading station.

btw, you do know the speed limit on the blue ridge is 45 mph? Here's the Blue Ridge Parkway website.
post #4 of 16
Not directly North from Atlanta, more like I 85 to I 95 ish. Something along that approximate corridor.

The intent was not to ski---it is way early I'd guess, for the midatlantic area, but to see an area of the country that Bonni has not seen before and I haven't been in quite awhile.
post #5 of 16
That is one of the most beautiful places in the US. Little fact, there are 37 mountains on the east coast over 6,000 feet, 36 are in that area. Mt. Washington is the only other one.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Well, that's not entirely true, dear. I've been to all the stateside states, I just never spent any time in some of them other than driving through. Most of the Southeastern states qualify for that.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Sounds wonderful, Phil! I love the mountains!
post #8 of 16
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Sounds wonderful, Phil! I love the mountains!
The mountains down there put Vermont and Hew Hampshire to shame. If you can, stop in Asheville, awesome town. Boone is also a retro hippy type town along the lines of a Woodstock.
post #9 of 16
Went to Boone two weeks ago, it has really been modernized. The downtown area still remains "hippieish", but they rest of the town in completely new. Sugar Mtn. and Beech Mtn. are near Boone, and I think I read somewhere that they are opening around Nov. 24?? Don't know for sure though.
post #10 of 16
bonni:

I live in Virginia (DC area) so will give my thoughts about the middle of your trip. Like someone said, skiing by Thanksgiving in this area is a long shot and the ski areas may be small, depending on what you're used to (less than 15 trails, for example). Some thoughts.

Routes south. I-95 will run you through Baltimore, Washington DC and Richmond, and then I-85 hits several major cities in NC. Try to route yourselves down I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley. There will be plenty of traffic, but not like the Beltways of Baltimore and DC. Then head south on I-77 toward Charlotte. If this is in daylight, it's a pretty drive, especially as you begin to traverse the Blue Ridge onto the NC plains.

The Blue Ridge Parkway can be lovely to drive, but two lanes, curvy, and slow. Don't plan on driving it more than a very few miles.

Whitetail, PA. Visible west when southbound on I-81 just before you cross from Pennsylvania into Maryland.
Canaan Valley, WV. (Timberline ski resort, Canaan valley ski area). About 2 hours west of I-81 from Winchester. Scenic drive likely to be open, but quite a ways off the main path.
Massanutten, VA. Just east of I-81 at Harrisonburg, VA. Pretty small
Wintergreen, VA. On the Blue Ridge Parkway just south of I-64 at Charlottesville. Better than average altitude, likely to be open. Might also want to visit Monticello at Charlottesville.
Boone, NC. A popular tourist area with 2-3 ski areas close, but a pretty long ways west of I-81.
Obviously, if you haven't already done it, Washington DC has a few tourist attractions as well.
post #11 of 16
skier_j, bonni:

Sorry, didn't realize that the two of you were using the forum to talk to each other, so ignore all my stuff about ski areas.

1. Boone, NC area and Blowing Rock. Come north from Hickory, NC and eat at the restaurant at Blowing Rock (tremendous scenic overlook). Also close to Mt. Washington (highest point east of the Mississippi), but all is well off the Interstate system.
2. Asheville (Bilmore estates, other touristy things). I like Boone better, but coming from Atlanta, you should go though Asheville first if you are interested in Asheville.
3. Charlottesville (primarily Monticello). Lots of big houses in horse country. Wintergreen is very scenic.
4. Depending on how much you want to detour, follow I-77 north all the way through West Virginia and then go east on I-68.
post #12 of 16
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skier_j, bonni:

1. Boone, NC area and Blowing Rock. Come north from Hickory, NC and eat at the restaurant at Blowing Rock (tremendous scenic overlook). Also close to Mt. Washington (highest point east of the Mississippi), but all is well off the Interstate system.
I think you meant to type "Mt. Mitchell". Mt. Washington is in NH, and it is the highest peak east of the Mississippi AND north of the Carolinas. Mt. Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi.
post #13 of 16
For scenic reference, if you saw the remake of the movie "The Last of the Mohicans," the one with Daniel Day Lewis as Hawkeye, the outdoor scenes were filmed around the Blowing Rock/Grandfather Mountain area.
post #14 of 16
Cool thanks !
post #15 of 16
Some of the chit chat in this old thread about NC might be useful?

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...light=mitchell
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I think you meant to type "Mt. Mitchell". Mt. Washington is in NH, and it is the highest peak east of the Mississippi AND north of the Carolinas. Mt. Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi.
Correct, Snowsport, thanks for the catch.
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