Lake Norman NC has SNOW skiing too!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with LKN Realty, LLC 242267


My home buyers relocating or buying real estate in the Lake Norman area come here for the most part for the beauty, the mild weather and quality of life of lake living. Lake Norman is known for it's great water sports including competitive water skiing.  But, what many don't know is that Lake Norman is only about 90 minutes from some great SNOW skiing as well.

From downhill and slalom skiing for all levels, to snow boarding, ice skating and sledding our local Appalachian mountains have it all and they are truly an easy two-hour drive in most cases! 

As of this morning, one of the most popular ski resort, Appalachian Ski Moutain has 45" - 69" of packed power, their lifts are open and all but wo of their slopes are open including their three black diamond slopes for you serious Lake Norman skiiers!North Carolina Skiing Webcam

To the right is a photo taken from their webcam of what the slopes looked like when I visited their site several minutes ago. 

Like many of the local ski resorts, Appalachian Ski Mountain has several live webcams, up to date statistics on snow conditions, weather and slopes.

Another popular ski resort with Lake Norman residents is the Cataloochee Ski Area located in nearby Maggi Valley. They also offer all levels of skiing and daily updates on their website about daily snow conditions, slopes and weather.

North Carolina Snow BoardingOther ski and snow tubing resorts in the nearby Great Smokey Mountains (particularly the greater Boone area which is only 90 miles or so from Lake Norman)  include: 

Hawksnest Snow Tubing Resort which is a leader in snow tubing according to a recent article in the Charlotte Observer.

Sapphire Valley Ski Resort and Frozen Falls Tube Park is located 1.5 hours southwest of Ashville.

Ski Beech at Beech Mountain which is located nearby  Boone NC. 

Sugar Mountain Resort in Banner Elk near Boone who hosts the "National Winder Trail Days, a nation-wide event offer children and adults the opportunity to try snowshoeing for free.  They offer over 600 new ski packages and 100 new snowboard packages!

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is located in Mars Hill about 30 miles north of Ashville.

There are also other winter activities like sledding and tubing in our local mountains.

So, if you are considering buying a home in the Lake Norman area, you can add snow sports and beautiful mountains just 90 minutes away to your list of reasons why!



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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Diane, it's great when the snow is so close by. Adds great variety to your lifestyle.

Dec 15, 2008 07:34 AM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Diane - wow, I had no idea. What a great resource for the folks who are skiiers in your area.

Hope you are making progress on your blog trials and tribulations. Sounds like it has been a mess.


Dec 15, 2008 07:40 AM #2
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Yes, send your skiers to Cataloochee here in Maggie Valley!

Dec 15, 2008 09:18 AM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Diane, I didn't know you had skiing there!  I think I just thought it was too warm :)  I'm sure everyone enjoys it very much.

Dec 15, 2008 02:05 PM #4
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

I'm always the one waiting for the skiiers with hot cocoa.  I can water ski, but am all tangled legs on snow skis :-)

Dec 15, 2008 10:20 PM #5
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs

I really like living in the Raleigh NC area. I grew up around the white stuff and now I enjoy not having the white stuff. I am glad others can enjoy it and will have fun. Do you snow ski? or board?

Dec 16, 2008 07:38 AM #6
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Gary:  Yes it does, and so many people don't know we in NC have snow let alone skiing!

Jeff:  Thanks, yes, I am making great progress on my blog but must take a break today to do some holiday cards!

Susie:  Do you ski?  Is your ski resort wonderful?

Carole:  I think every, including me, thinks that.  It was't until recently that I found out we had such great skiing so close by!

Kris:  I'm with cider!

Susan:  It's nice to have the white stuff close by but not where we live:)  I used to ski but haven't in years.

Dec 17, 2008 04:19 AM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Diane!  HOW ARE YOU?!  I've missed seeing you around here! 

Hey, this is fabulous info for those moving to the area--it is truly a hop, skip and a jump up to these ski resorts and many are not aware just how close it is!

My son, who is in college up in Banner Elk, works at Beech and just loves it up there!  I'm headed up to pick him up today!  WooHoo--you've got to LOVE the holidays!

Happy Holidays to you and yours Diane!

Debe in Charlotte

Dec 17, 2008 11:59 PM #8
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hi Diane,
We've missed you here on AR.  You live in a wonderful area with a large variety of activities/events in close proximity.  North Carolina, variety vacationland -- that used to be on our license tags but I don't think I've seen that for awhile.

I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and that 2009 brings much happiness, good health and lots of buyers.

Dec 22, 2008 10:58 AM #9
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