WinterHawksnest Tubing- Open on Seven Devils.
Hawksnest Tubing park is the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast! With over 30 lanes of snow tubing that span from 400-1000 feet long, Hawksnest Tubing is your family’s destination for a unique winter experience. Our four different snow tubing areas provide an array of terrain that satisfies even the most advanced of tubers!
Hawksnest’s newly installed snow making facilities provide the best possible conditions and fun for the whole family. With professionally lit lanes, snow tubers can now enjoy a tubing experience that lasts later into the evening. This past summer we have added more lighting, snowmaking, and lane grooming equipment. This investment of almost $200,000 is our commitment to make your snow tubing experience one to remember.
Sugar Mountain Resort- Season Dates
The opening and closing dates of our winter season vary each year according to weather, but we generally strive to be open by Thanksgiving and we remain open until the end of March. View historic opening and closing dates on our stats page.
Off Season: 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday
Half-Day Session: 12:30 – 4:30pm
Twilight Session: 12:30 – 10:00pm (closed 4:30 – 6:00pm)
Night Session: 6:00 – 10:00pm
Christmas Eve: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Christmas Day: 12:00 – 10:00pm
Tubing: 10:00am – 10:00pm (session times may vary)
Ice Skating: 10:00am – 10:00pm (session times may vary)
Appalachian Ski Mountain- has skiing, snowboarding & skating. Skating is offered during three sessions from November 22 to March 23 weather permitting: Noon to 2pm 2:30pm to 4:30pm 7pm to 9pm. Appalachian Ski Mtn. has expanded to twelve slopes including two terrain parks serviced by one double chairlift, two quad chairlifts, two conveyor lifts (new in 2010) and one handle-pull lift. The base lodge now covers 46,000 square feet, is smoke free, and has complimentary WIFI in the restaurant.
Ski Beech- has skiing in two sessions: day sessions 9 am to 4:30 pm & the evening sessions run from 6 pm to 10 pm. Bring the kids for sledding which is open 9 AM-5 PM (Daily including holidays)
Sleds are available for purchase at the following locations on Beech Mountain:
Alpine Ski Center 828-387-9291
Beech Meadows Ski Shop 828-387-4777
Fred General Mercantile 828-387-4838
Winter in Avery County means snow, snow and more snow. And snow means skiing - and snowboarding - and tubing - and sledding - and snowmen! With four major ski resorts in the immediate area, our area has evolved into the premiere southern destination for winter sports. Downtown Banner Elk is located directly in between Sugar and Beech Mountains, while Hawksnest is just down and up the hill in Seven Devils, and Appalachian can be found between the other mountain towns of Boone and Blowing Rock in neighboring Watauga County.
By far the busiest time in the snowy months is the week between Christmas and New Year's. Anyone planning on coming to the area then should be sure to book their lodging early. Right behind this week in popularity are the bustling holiday weekends of Martin Luther King Day and President's Day. Don't expect to be able to roll into town on the Friday before these holidays and find the ideal room. The rest of the winter, however, offers many more opportunities. Specials abound on the slopes and at the lodging and restaurant establishments.It's also a good idea to check and see if the Blue Ridge Parkway is open before planning to travel that route in the wintertime. No snow clearing equipment or salt is used on the Parkway, it is simply closed in sections when there is snow or ice covering it. Call the Parkway hotline at 828-298-0398 for closing information.