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Winter Fun in Western North Carolina!

Winter in Western North Carolina means bundle up an get outside for snow skiing, snow tubing, ice skating and great winter hikes!
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On this page you will find places to snow ski, snow board, snow tube, ice skating and even some winter hikes to frozen waterfalls! 

Sapphire Valley Visitors: The Highlands Outpost may be a good option for tubing, ice skating and a ride on the new Scaly Screamer! 

Please reference our Winter Sports Matrix here to find that perfect winter experience and get away! 

Learn more about this winter sports facilities below! These are all in a 1 hour drive from each other in The High South of Western North Carolina!

Facility
Skiing
Tubing
Boarding
Skating
Cataloochee
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x
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Highlands Outpost

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Ski Sapphire
x
x
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Highlands



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The Town of Highlands -  Ice Skating Rink is open now thru March 6, 2022. 
**Christmas break schedule
Monday, December 27th-Wednesday, December 29th 1:00-8:00pm
Friday, December 31st 1:00pm-1:00am
Saturday, January 1st
 schedule back to normal 

Thursday through Sunday starting November 18th-March 6th
Thursday 1:00-8:00pm
Friday and Saturday 1:00-10:00pm
Sunday 1:00-5:00pm 
Visit: https://highlandsnc.org/recreation-ice-rink

ice skating

The Highlands Outpost

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Highlands Outpost Iceskating: 

The ice skating rink at the Highlands Outpost is a very popular venue. In this image several guest are using the skating assist apparatus to get used to being on skates!

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The Scaly Screamer! 
The new Scaly Screamer mountain coaster is open for Christmas and the 2022 Season! 
Scaly Mountain Screamer
Open 7 Days a Week
December 18th – January 9th

Just imagine over 3800 feet of gravity-powered thrills through the magnificent Appalachian Mountains! Our mountain coaster is the longest in North Carolina, boasting 360 degree turns and gorgeous views that you enjoy at your own speed. 


Location:
7420 Dillard Road
Scaly Mountain, NC 28775

Phone Number:
(828) 526-3737

Target Opening Date:
Opened late October !!

Equipment Rentals:
Yes

Tubing:
Yes

Ice Skating:
Yes

Highlights:
The Highlands Outpost, formerly known as Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center, has recently invested big money in their snowmaking equipment and the new Scaly Screamer - a mountain coaster! 

They offer a very long tube run and ice skating which is very popular.  This is a smaller facility but very convenient to the North Georgia and Western North Carolina market.

Highlands Outpost Holiday Hours

Snow Tubing - 9 - 8

Kiddie Snow Play - 9 - 8

Scaly Screamer Coaster - Daily

Ice Skating - 9 - 8

Cafe - Open 11 to 6, lunch menu, no ticket sales upstairs

Learn More and check on reservations here:

https://highlandsoutpost.com/

Content and Images Courtesy: Highlands Outpost

Cataloochee Ski Area

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Skiers at Cataloochee! 

Skiers and Boarders flock to Cataloochee Ski Area just before Christmas to have some winter fun! 

Location:
1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751

Phone Number:
(828) 926-0285

Target Opening Date:
Nov 20, 2021

Equipment Rentals:
Yes

Tubing:
Yes at nearby Tube World

Ice Skating:
No

Highlights:
Cataloochee Ski Area when fully opened - all lifts and all trails -  really offers a good day of skiing and boarding close to the Georgia and South Carolina markets. 

Fully open they have 5 lifts total: 1 quad, 1 triple, 1 double chair, 2 moving carpet surface lifts serving eighteen slopes and trails.

Top Elevation 5,400′
Base Elevation 4,660′
Vertical Drop 740′

Cataloochee Vacation Rentals

Cataloochee Ski Area Lodging Options

North Georgia Vacation Rental Cabins Homes

Easy access, minutes from skiing, pet friendly, wifi and cable, cleaning incl.

LAbout this rental
Cabin
940 sq. ft
2 bedrooms
2 bedsSleeps 4
2 bathrooms
2 full baths
Spaces
Kitchen Living Room Deck/Patio

North Georgia Vacation Rental Cabins Homes

Amazing Views And Close To Ski Cataloochee

About this rental
Cabin
1000 sq. ft
2 bedrooms
1 bed Sleeps 4
2 bathrooms
2 full baths
Spaces
Kitchen Living Room Deck/Patio

North Georgia Vacation Rental Cabins Homes

A Smoky Mountain Sunset "The Cliff's" - 2 miles from ski resort

About this rental
Cabin
1100 sq. ft
2 bedrooms
2 beds Sleeps 4
2 bathrooms
2 full baths
Spaces
Kitchen Living Room Deck/Patio

Contacts: info@cataloochee.com   Website: https://cataloochee.com/

Ski Sapphire Valley

Location:
127 Cherokee Trail
Sapphire,NC

Phone Number:
(828) 743-7663

Target Opening Date:
Dec 18, 2021

Equipment Rentals:
Yes

Tubing:
Yes

Ice Skating:
No

Highlights:
Ski Sapphire Valley is part of the Sapphire Valley Resort amenity offerings. It has been in operation since 1964! 

Ski Sapphire Valley offers a very good training slope with easy access and  moving carpet. The quad chairlift services their only ski run rated intermediate. This is a very good ski area for beginners and families as everything is very close - parking, ski lodge, the lift - all within sight! 

The Frozen Falls Tube park is the most popular snow sport here and overs 1.75 hours of thrills. Most visitors are simple too tired to complete the full time. The tube park is in the shadows most of the day and can get quite fast on cold days.

Top Elevation 3450
Base Elevation 3200'
Vertical Drop 250′

Please Visit SkiSapphireValley.com for more info!