NameNearest CityLengthComments
Moses Cone Memorial ParkBlowing Rock25 MilesMoses Cone offers thousands of acres in the Blue Ridge Parkway at Blowing Rock and is a post card-quality cross country ski site. Twenty-five miles of road-width carriage paths wander through towering white pine forests between Bass Lake and the beautiful manor house of industrialist Moses Cone. This snow-muffled landscape is a magical place where even beginners can sense the spirit of the sport.
The High Country Ski shopPineolaN/ACarries skis, poles, boots and bindings, as well as an assortment of other related hard and soft goods. There is also a rental shop if you don’t have your own equipment or aren’t interested in purchasing. The High Country Ski Shop also offers lessons so your first cross country experience is a safe and happy one.
1st Tracks & Ski Country SportsBoone, Banner ElkN/AIn Boone the place to check out for cross country equipment is 1st Tracks on Highway 105. 1st Tracks carries an assortment of ski and boots from Fischer and Karhu, as well as a huge selection of winter apparel and accessories. Their shop in Banner Elk is called Ski Country Sports!
Blue Ridge ParkwayBoone, Linville, Blowing RockN/AAt other High Country locations, sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are gated when snow covers the road. The Grandfather Mountain portion of the road near Linville is a perfect example. Skiers have level and steeper sections to choose from and awesome scenery is everywhere. Head for the Linn Cove Viaduct.
Roan Mountain State ParkNewland, Banner Elk12 MilesIt’s 45 minutes from Boone, but Roan Mountain is the place for serious skiers. Roan’s evergreen covered summits are a scene straight out of the far north. The summertime road to the summit is gated and gradual terrain beckons skiers up to distant views of Mount Mitchell and surrounding peaks. Trails flank the road, including the Appalachian Trail and its wild descent back to your car. There are beginner options.
Lost Cove TrekkingBanner ElkN/ALost Cove Trekking offers guided snowshoe and cross country skiing tours around most of the region.