Cataloochee Ski Area

The Cataloochee Ski area is 6.5 miles away. Most of which is uphill.

Here's a link to the skicam

Here's the best local weather

Try Setting your GPS to 1080 Ski Lodge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751.
Basically you will:

  1. Go down our hill
  2. Turn LEFT on Soco Road (US-19)
  3. Look for Ghost Town on the RIGHT (about 2 miles)
  4. Turn RIGHT just past thier parking lot
  5. Go UP, File Top Road, about 3 miles

Here's an essay from Cataloochee about getting here. There are LOTS of red, bold DO NOT's. You may wish to take a look. Here's their phone number in case you get lost.

Google Maps has it correct. Many other services do not.

Elevation: 4,600 base, 5,400 peek

Wolf Ridge Resort I've never been here but it may serve as another option for some snow.
Wolf Ridge is about 1 hour or 60 miles North East from Maggie Valley and is located about 30 miles North of Asheville.

Elevation: 4,600 at peek

Here's a map

Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain is 2.5 hours away and 112 miles. Beech is at a slightly higer elevation than Cataloochee, but only by 94 feet.
Beech does have more trails and does seem to hold snow a bit longer than Cataloochee and it may be worth the drive, but consider that it's 4 hours of driving round trip. Elevation is what makes for better snow conditions. When it's warm out, both Cataloochee and Beech will both have lots of grass…
Here's a link to Beech Mt. base webcam
Here's a link to Beech Mt. summit cam
Link to Beech Mountain Resort
If you just want to "see snow", you might consider adding Beech to a trip to Asheville, but note that 60 of the 80 miles will be climbing mountains.

Beech Mountain is also near Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, which sits at a lower elevation (5,236 feet at the peek) They tend to run out of snow early.
Here's a link to Sugar Mt. webcam

Here's a map to Beech Mountain Ski Resort