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Ski the slopes in the Southeast

Here's the basic information about ski slopes in the Southeast. Contact them directly for weather information, rate changes and discounts.

Note: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is Jan. 14 or 16 through Jan. 17; Presidents Day weekend is

Feb. 18 or 19 through Feb. 21. Contact the ski area for specific dates.

NORTH CAROLINA

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Location: Off U.S. 321, near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 12. Base elevation: 3,635 feet. Vertical drop: 365 feet. Skiable acres: 28. Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced. Outdoor ice skating.

Lifts: 2 quad chairs, 1 double chair, 2 conveyor, 1handle-tow.

Lift tickets: (Weekdays) $36; $29 for high school and college students; $28 for 12 and younger, 60 and older; $31 for military; (Saturday/Sunday/holiday) $54; $39 for 12 and younger and 60 and older; $49 for military; (5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday) $22; $19 for students; $17 for 12 and younger, 60 and older and military; (6-10 p.m. Friday/Saturday/holiday) $29; $21 for 12 and younger, 60 and older; $24 for military; $25 for students. Holiday rates: Nov. 25-26, Dec. 20-Jan. 1 and Feb. 19-21.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 800-322-2373; www.appskimtn.com, www.appterrainpark.com.

Cataloochee Ski Area

Location: Off Interstate 40, in Maggie Valley.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 16. Base elevation: 4,660 feet. Vertical drop: 740 feet. Skiable acres: 50. Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced.

Lifts: 1 quad chair, 1 triple chair, 1 double chair, 3conveyors.

Lift tickets: (Weekdays) $38; $26 for ages 5-12; free for 65 and older and 4 and younger with a ticketed adult; (Saturday-Sunday/holiday) $56; $43 for ages 5-12. Holiday rates: Dec. 18-Jan. 2, plus MLK and Presidents Day weekends.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 800-768-0285; www.cataloochee.com. Snow report: 800-768-3588.

Hawksnest Tubing

Location: Off N.C. 105, south of Boone.

Lay of the land: Base elevation: 4,095 feet. 20 tubing lanes (400 to 1,000 feet long); skiing not offered.

Lifts: 2 moving-carpet conveyors.

Cost (per session): (Weekdays) $24; (Saturday-Sunday/holiday) $32. Two weekday session: $32. Holiday rates: Dec. 20-31, plus MLK and presidents weekends.

Details: 800-822-4295; www.hawksnesttubing .com .

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

Location: On N.C. 106 (Dillard Road), southwest of Highlands.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 1. Base elevation: 3,800 feet. Vertical drop: 100 feet. No skiing; tubing and ice skating only. Lifts: 1 carpet lift.

Lift tickets: Tubing, $24 for two-hour session; ice skating, $10 for one-hour session. Group rates available. Open Dec. 18-Jan. 3, weather permitting. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Also open most holidays. Jan. 4-March 1 open only Friday-Sunday plus Jan. 18 and Feb. 15 (MLK and presidents weekends).

Children's programs: No.

Details: 828-526-3737; www.scalymountain.com.

Beech Mountain Resort (Ski Beech)

Location: Off N.C. 184, north of Banner Elk.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 15. Base elevation: 4,675 feet. Vertical drop: 830 feet. Skiable acres: 95. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced. Two terrain parks. Lifts: 2 quad chairs (one is high-speed; one fixed-grip), 5 double chairs, 1 J-bar, 2 handle-pull.

Lift tickets: (Monday-Friday) $30; half-day is $20; night ticket: $20 (Sunday-Thursday); $30 (Friday-Saturday).

Holiday rates (Dec. 20-Jan. 3): $50-$60, $40 for ages 5-12 and 65-69; 4 and younger and 70 and older, free. Saturday-Sunday.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 800-438-2093; www.skibeech.com.

Sugar Mountain Resort

Location: On N.C. 184, east of Boone.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 20. Base elevation: 4,100 feet. Vertical drop: 1,200 feet. Skiable acres: 115 (100 at night). Terrain: 40 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced. Lifts: 1 triple chair, 4 double chairs, 2 conveyors (1 in tubing park), 1 T-bar, 1 handle-tow (in terrain park).

Lift tickets: (Weekdays) $40; $31 for ages 5-11; 4 and younger and 70 and older, free on approval; (Saturday-Sunday/holidays) $66; $44 for ages 5-11; free for 4 and younger and 70 and older on approval. Holiday rates: Dec. 20-31. Tubing: $20 for 1 hour 45 minute midweek session; $25 for weekend/holiday. Ice skating is $15 for 1 hour 45 minute session.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 800-784-2768; www.skisugar.com.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Location: Off Exit 3 from Interstate 26, north of Asheville in Mars Hill.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 20, plus tube run about 1mile from slopes. Base elevation: 4,000 feet. Vertical drop: 700 feet. Skiable acres: 82. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced. Lifts: 2 quad chairs, 2 double chairs, 1 conveyor.

Lift tickets: (Weekdays) $39; $34 for ages 9-17; $24 for ages 5-8; (6-10 p.m. weekdays) $34; $29 for ages 9-17, $22 for ages 5-8; (Saturday-Sunday/holidays) $54; $49 for ages 9-17, $34 for ages 5-8; (Saturday-Sunday/holidays, 6-10 p.m.) $44; $39 for ages 9-17; $32 for ages 5-8. Free lift tickets for 70 and older (with ID). Holiday rates: Dec. 17-Jan. 2, plus MLK and presidents weekends.

Children's programs: No .

Details: 800-817-4111; www.skiwolfridgenc.com.

TENNESSEE

Ober Gatlinburg

Location: Gatlinburg.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 8. Base elevation: 2,700 feet. Vertical drop: 600 feet. Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced. Lifts: 2 quad chairs, 1 double chair, 1 rope-tow.

Lift tickets: (Weekdays) $30; $20 for ages 7-11 and 50 and older; 6 and younger, free; (Saturday-Sunday/holiday) $47; $37 for 7-11 and 50 and older; 6 and younger, free. Tubing: $20 for 1hour 30 minute midweek session; $25 for weekend/holiday.

Holiday rates: Dec. 17-Jan. 2, plus MLK and presidents weekends.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 800-251-9202; www.obergatlinburg.com.

VIRGINIA

Bryce Resort

Location: Off Interstate 81, in Basye, near West Virginia border.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 8. Base elevation: 1,250 feet. Vertical drop: 500 feet. Skiable acres: 25. Terrain: 34 percent beginner, 33 percent intermediate, 33 percent advanced. Snowboarding, snow tubing. Lifts: 2 double chairs, 4 conveyors.

Lift tickets: (Weekdays) $42; $35 for ages 6-12, 65 and older and for military; 5 and younger, free; (5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday/holidays) $26; $23 for ages 6-12, 65 and older and for military; (Weekends/holiday) $59; $52 for ages 6-12 and 65 and older. Holiday rates: Dec. 25-Jan. 2, plus MLK and presidents weekends.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 800-821-1444; www.bryceresort.com.

The Homestead

Location: U.S. 220, west of Charlottesville.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 1 (9 trails). Base elevation: 2,500 feet. Vertical drop: 700 feet. Skiable acres: 45. Terrain: 33 percent beginner, 33 percent intermediate, 34 percent advanced. Snowboarding, tubing, skating, snowmobiling. Lifts: 1 double chair, 1 rope tow, 3 J-bars.

Lift tickets: (Weekdays) $39; $29 for 12 and younger; (weekends) $49; $39 for 12 and younger; (holidays) $59; $49 for 12 and younger. Holiday rates: Nov. 25-27, Dec. 23-Jan. 1, plus MLK and presidents weekends. Lower rates when lodging at Homestead.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 540-839-1766; www.thehomestead.com.

Massanutten

Location: Near Harrisonburg, 10 minutes from Interstate 81.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 14. Base elevation: 1,750 feet. Vertical drop: 1,100 feet. Skiable acres: 70. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced. Snowboarding, snow tubing. Lifts: 3 quad chairs, 1 double chair, 1 J-bar (at advanced terrain park), 3 conveyors (two at learning area, one at tube park).

Lift tickets: (Weekdays) $46; $40 for ages 6-12; (weekend/holiday) $66; $56 for ages 6-12; 5 and younger, free. Holiday rates: Dec. 27-Jan. 2, plus MLK and presidents weekends.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 540-289-4954; www.massresort.com. Snow report: 800-207-6277.

Wintergreen

Location: Off Blue Ridge Parkway, southwest of Charlottesville.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 26. Base elevation: 3,515 feet. Vertical drop: 1,003 feet. Skiable acres: 129. Terrain: 23 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, 42 percent advanced. Snowboarding, 2 snow tubing parks. Play area for little kids. Lifts: 1 double chair, 1 triple chair, 1quad chair, 2 high-speed sixes, 2 surface lifts.

Lift tickets: (Monday-Friday) $47; $40 for ages 6-12 and 65 and older; (Saturday-Sunday) $67; $52 for ages 6-12 and 65 and older; (holiday) $70; $55 for ages 6-12 and 65 and older. Holiday rates: Dec. 25-Jan. 2, plus MLK and presidents weekends. 5 and younger free with paying adult. Discounts available through mid-December via website.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 434-325-2100; www.wintergreenresort .com .

WEST VIRGINIA

Canaan Valley

Location: Northeast of Elkins, at Davis.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 39. Base elevation: 3,100 feet. Vertical drop: 850 feet. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced. Snowboarding, tube park; air boarding on designated slopes. Lifts: 2 triple chairs, 1 quad chair; 1 rope tow (at tubing area).

Lift tickets: (Daily, Dec. 11-25) $30; $20 for ages 6-12 and 60-69; (weekends, Jan. 8-March 13) $50; $40 for ages 6-12 and 60-69; (holiday) $54; $44 for ages 6-12 and 60-69; (weekdays, Jan. 3-March 11) $32; $22 for ages 6-12 and 60-69. Holiday rates: Dec. 26-Jan. 2, plus MLK and presidents weekends. 5 and younger and 70 and older ski free.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 800-622-4121; www.canaanresort.com.

Snowshoe Mountain

Location: Off U.S. 219 North, 15 minutes west of Cass.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 60 slopes and trails. Base elevation: 3,250 feet. Vertical drop: 1,500 feet. Terrain: 42 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 28 percent advanced. Snowboarding, snow tubing, cross-country, snowshoeing. Lifts: 6 triple chairs, 2 quad chairs, 3 high-speed quads, 4 surface lifts.

Lift tickets: (Daily through Dec. 16) $59; $52 for ages 6-12 and 70 and older; (daily, Dec. 17-March 12): $79; $76 for students (with ID) and ages 60-69; $66 for ages 6-12 and 70 and older. Night-only lift tickets available. Discounts when lodging there.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 877-441-4386; www.snowshoemtn.com.

Timberline

Location: Off W.Va. 32, near U.S. 219 North.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 37. Base elevation: 3,268 feet. Vertical drop: 1,000 feet. Skiable acres: 105. Terrain: 34 percent beginner, 34 percent advanced, 32 percent expert. Cross-country, snowboarding. Lifts: double chair, 2 triple chairs, 1 surface lift. Slope-side hotel.

Lift tickets: (weekdays; varies with length of session) $33 and up; $26 and up for ages 6-12; (weekend; varies with length of session) $38 and up; $31 and up for ages 6-12; (holiday, varies with length of session) $42; $35 for ages 6-12. Lower rates: opening-Dec. 11 and March 1-28. Holiday rates: Dec. 26-Jan. 3 plus MLK and presidents weekends. 5 and younger and 70 and older ski free.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 800-766-9464; www.timberlineresort.com.

Winterplace

Location: Ghent, off Interstate 77.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 27. Base elevation: 3,600 feet. Vertical drop: 603 feet. Terrain: 41 percent beginner, 44 percent intermediate, 15 percent advanced. Snowboarding, tubing park, 2 terrain park. Lifts: 2 quad chairs, 2 double chairs, 3 triple chairs, 2 carpet lifts.

Lift tickets: (Weekdays) $47; $31 for ages 6-12 and 65 and older; (weekends/holidays) $62; $47 for ages 6-12 and 65 and older; 5 and younger, free. Holiday rates: Dec. 20-Jan. 2, plus MLK and presidents weekends. Discounts available: opening-Dec. 17 and March 14-closing.

Children's programs: Yes.

Details: 800-607-7669; www.winterplace.com.

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