North Carolina Ski Town

Banner Elk: North Carolina’s Ski Town

Situated between the two largest ski resorts for snow sports in the Southeast, Banner Elk is the top mountain town in North Carolina for a winter adventure getaway. A few miles north of town is Beech Mountain, the highest ski area in eastern USA with an average of 80+ inches of snow each year and 17 runs. A few miles south is Sugar Mountain with 21 runs and has 100% snowmaking capability when Mother Nature needs a little help. Together, ski and snowboard on 200+ acres. Plus, go tubing, ice skating and snow shoeing. Or just sit back and watch the fun!

Banner Elk Ski Town

If you are new to skiing or snowboarding, both resorts offer lessons. Plus, there are many fun events and special weekends with plenty of festivities. Go midweek for the best deals including big discounts on lift tickets.

If you prefer riding the slopes on a tube, just 10 miles away is Hawksnest (2058 Skyland Drive, Seven Devils), the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast. Their 30 lanes span 400-1000 feet long with a variety of terrain. Both Beech and Sugar also have smaller tubing areas.

Go to the Banner Elk Ski Town Web site for more.

Banner Elk Ski Town B&B

After a hard day’s play, relax during a fabulous dinner of the fantastic restaurants in Banner Elk, culinary hot spot in the high country. Rest well in a cozy inn, boutique hotel or cabin rental. Pic: Perry House B&B.

Arrive early to shop for or rent gear. Stay an extra day to enjoy some of other things to do in the area. Massage those sore muscles at a spa or head to a brewery or winery to sample local vintages. Stop by Banner Elk Winery (60 Deer Run Lane) to sample their wines - open every day 12 Noon-6 PM.

Winter Scenic Drive, Banner Elk

Browse galleries and shops or take a scenic drive. Nearby attractions like Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway are often open in the winter (weather permitting).

Christmas Tree Farms, Banner Elk

If you come in December, take home a Christmas tree from a local farm.

Go to the Banner Elk Ski Town Web site for more.

Your first stop should be the Banner Elk Visitor Center at 100 Main Street. Meet some locals and get their advice on things you love to do. Read more about Banner Elk.

Banner Elk Places to Stay, Eat & Drink

Banner Elk Lodging
Banner Elk Lodging
Stay high in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a variety of vacation rentals, log cabins, condos, mountaintop homes and hotels. Near ski resorts, Grandfather Mountain and endless outdoor adventures. 
Banner Elk Restaurants
Banner Elk Restaurants
This small town high in the mountains has become a culinary hot spot. Whether you’re looking for an upscale meal for a special occasion, a hearty sandwich after a day outdoors or a casual steak dinner, check out their locally-owned and innovative restaurants.
Banner Elk Winery
Banner Elk Wineries & Breweries
Visit three wineries in the Banner Elk area (Banner Elk Winery, Grandfather Vineyard and Linville Falls Winery). Also visit three breweries (Flat Top Mountain, Blind Squirrel and Beech Mountain Brewing). Along the way, enjoy a scenic drive high in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Ski & Snowboard
Ski & Snowboard
Hit the slopes for plenty of winter of fun. Since we have the highest mountains in eastern America, you will find plenty of snow, either natural or man-made, for sking and snowboarding. 

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