The Mountain Lifestyle

Winter Fun Activities in Western Carolina

Winter might be cold and sometimes snowy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the great outdoors! And with hundreds of acres of rolling hills and breathtaking mountains, there’s no better place to enjoy some outdoor winter activities than in Western Carolina. From skiing and snowboarding, to ice skating, to snowshoe exploration, there’s no shortage of activity for all ages and interests.

Outdoor Resort Areas

Cataloochee Ski Area

Located in Maggie Valley, NC, Cataloochee is one of the top ski and snowboard resorts in the Southeast. Featuring beautiful and maintained trails ranging from beginner to expert and 100% snowmaking coverage, Cataloochee is prepared to offer days of winter fun for all ages and levels of experience. It also offers ski and snowboard rentals and rental packages, as well as snowboard and ski school, private lessons and classes, and a kids adventure center.

Just four miles away is Tube World, which includes the Wee Bowl for smaller children looking to try out snow tubing.

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Photo courtesy of Cataloochee Ski Area

Sugar Mountain

Located in Sugar Mountain, NC, Sugar Mountain offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Additionally, it features ice skating, snowshoeing, and snowshoeing tours, for those looking to get out into the woods and explore on foot.


Located in Seven Devils, NC, Hawksnest is the largest tubing park in the East. With a 30-lane park and four different areas, Hawksnest offers 100% snowmaking coverage and rides back up to the top of the hills. Additioinally, Hawksnest is home to the longest zip line tour in the country.

Fox Mountain Guides

Want to try something completely new? Head to Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School… and give ice climbing a try! With several different types of courses, they offer opportunities for absolute beginners, as well as more experienced climbers.

Indoor Activities

Need to get in from the cold? Understandable! Fortunately, Western Carolina is home to plenty of indoor attractions and exciting activities for all ages and interests. From art exhibits to museums, brewing companies and wineries, to some of the top dining spots in the Southeast, there’s never a dull moment!

Read more about Western Carolina attractions.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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Photo courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Departing from the historic depot in Bryson City, the vintage locomotive winds 53 miles through the Smoky Mountains for some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views in the Southeast. Sit and relax, watch the beautiful mountain scenery pass by, or dine in style in one of the first class cars.

Plenty to Love in Western Carolina

Western Carolina is scenic, beautiful and full of adventure… any time of the year. From summer exploration to winter adventures, there’s no shortage of discovery or breathtaking views.

Find your home in Western Carolina today! Contact us for more information, or learn more about specific areas.