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Old 11-10-2007, 11:29 AM
 
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Default How far is it from Ralegh for skiing/ snow tubing?

How far a drive is it to the nearest skiing and snow tubing areas in the winter time? My nine year old desperately wants to know? Also, how much snow falls and how often in Raleigh each winter? Thanks so much !!
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:30 AM
 
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3+ hours west
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:30 PM
 
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How far a drive is it to the nearest skiing and snow tubing areas in the winter time? My nine year old desperately wants to know? Also, how much snow falls and how often in Raleigh each winter? Thanks so much !!
I would recommend heading northwest to West Virginia to visit Winterplace - its's an easy mostly interstate drive of about 3.5 hours.

http://www.winterplace.com/directions.php
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:56 PM
 
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3 hours to get to banner elk/boone NC
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:27 PM
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While the closest skiing is about 3.5hrs away at Winterplace, the skiing isn't very good. Some of the ski shops run daytrips there to ski during the winter, which can make skiing a little less stressful for the parents.

The best skiing within driving distance is Snowshoe, WV. It is the only resort in the SE with a decent vertical drop - 1500 feet for two of their runs. However, it is around 6hrs away, so I would only go if you are looking to stay more than one day.

If you are used to skiing out West or in the NE, you are going to be disappointed with any of the skiing in the SE. The temperatures are normally above freezing during the day, so you tend to spend a lot of time skiing on slush. There is extensive snow making, though, so most if not all of the runs will be open. The runs also aren't very challenging - a black slope on these is closer to a (easy) blue at a Western resort.

I'm not saying don't go - there really isn't much of an option unless you want to fly somewhere else - but just don't get your expectations up too much.
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:36 PM
 
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Wintergreen in Virginia is a nice place. I dont have much skiing experience, but I enjoyed my time there alot. Drive was a bit over 3 hours.
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:07 PM
 
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What RFB is saying is true....southern skiing is nothing like skiing out west, but hey, we are the south. So, although we do have skiing and snowboarding, it is good to have accurate expectations. There is also decent skiing in Pennsylyvannia and points north, but I don't think it is as great as western slopes either. I learned to ski on Virginia slopes and had a lot of fun...don't get me wrong, just want to be honest.
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