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Southeast slopes

No need to head to New England or Colorado for a weekend on skis. These ski and tube slopes are an easy drive from home.

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.

Details: www.appskimtn.com, www.appterrainpark.com.

Beech Mountain Resort

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. Snowboarding, ice skating. Two terrain parks. Lifts: Two quad chairs (one high-speed; one fixed-grip), four double chairs, one J-bar.

Details: www.beechmountainresort.com.

Cataloochee Ski Area

Location: Off Interstate 40, in Maggie Valley.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 17. Base elevation: 4,660 feet. Vertical drop: 740 feet. Skiable acres: 50. Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced.

Details: www.cataloochee.com.

Hawksnest Tubing

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

Lay of the land: Base elevation: 4,200 feet. 20 tubing lanes (400 to 1,000 feet long); skiing not offered. Zipline.

Details: www.hawksnesttubing.com, www.hawksnestzipline.com.

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

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

Lay of the land: Runs: One to three (varies with snow). Base elevation: 3,800 feet. Vertical drop: 200 feet. No skiing; tubing and ice skating only.

Details: www.scalymountain.com.

Sugar Mountain Resort

Location: Off N.C. 194, east of Banner Elk. 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 21. Base elevation: 4,100 feet. Vertical drop: 1,200 feet. Skiable acres: 125 (100 at night). Terrain: 40 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced.

Details: www.skisugar.com.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

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

Lay of the land: Slopes: 20, plus two tube runs nearby. Base elevation: 4,000 feet. Vertical drop: 700 feet. Skiable acres: 72. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced.

Details: www.skiwolfridgenc.com.

TENNESSEE

Ober Gatlinburg

Location: Gatlinburg.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 9. Base elevation: 2,700 feet. Vertical drop: 600 feet. Terrain: 25 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced.

Details: www.obergatlinburg.com.

VIRGINIA

Bryce Resort

Location: Off Interstate 81, in Basye, near W.Va. border, (Exit 273).

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.

Details: www.bryceresort.com.

The Homestead

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

Lay of the land: Slopes: 9. Base elevation: 2,500 feet. Vertical drop: 700 feet. Skiable acres: 45. Terrain: 40 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced.

Details: www.thehomestead.com.

Massanutten

Location: Near Harrisonburg, 10 minutes from Interstate 81.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 14. Base elevation: 1,770 feet. Vertical drop: 1,110 feet. Skiable acres: 70. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, 35 percent advanced. Snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating.

Details: www.massresort.com.

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, two snow tubing parks. Play area for little kids.

Details: www.wintergreenresort.com.

WEST VIRGINIA

Canaan Valley

Location: Northeast of Elkins, at Davis.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 43. Base elevation: 3,685 feet. Vertical drop: 850 feet. Terrain: 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced. Snowboarding, tube park.

Details: www.canaanresort.com.

Snowshoe Mountain

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

Lay of the land: Slopes: 57 slopes and trails. Base elevation: 4,848 feet. Vertical drop: 1,500 feet. Terrain: 42 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 28 percent advanced. Snowboarding, snow tubing.

Details: www.snowshoemtn.com.

Timberline

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

Lay of the land: Slopes: 40. Base elevation: 4,268 feet. Vertical drop: 1,000 feet. Skiable acres: 100. Terrain: 34 percent beginner, 34 percent advanced, 32 percent expert. Cross-country, snowboarding.

Details: www.timberlineresort.com.

Winterplace

Location: Ghent, off Interstate 77.

Lay of the land: Slopes: 27. Base elevation: 2,997 feet. Vertical drop: 603 feet. Terrain: 41 percent beginner, 44 percent intermediate, 15 percent advanced. Snowboarding, tubing park, two terrain parks.

Details: www.winterplace.com.

Heather Mims

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