Sapphire Valley Ski Resort

127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire, NC 28774
(828) 743-1169
Avg Base
Trails Open
Lifts Open
Primary Surface


Made Snow?
24 Hour Snow
Season Snowfall

Closed for the 2023-24 season

Current Weather
Overcast clouds
60°F, Overcast clouds
Latest News
Sapphire Valley announces Targeted Opening Date
Sapphire Valley Resort has announced their opening plan for the 2020-21 season. Chris Green, Ski Area Director of Operations announced in a Friday press release that the resort is targeting…

The Sapphire Valley Ski Area & Frozen Falls Tube Park is an integral part of a 5,700-acre, four-season resort nestled in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The average elevation is 3,400 feet.

What They Say About Themselves

Sapphire Valley ski

The ski resort consists of a 1600 foot main run with a vertical drop of 200 feet that is serviced by a modern quad-lift. The beginner slope is 350 foot in length with modest vertical drop of 50 feet that has a ‘moving carpet’ lift to deliver the guests to the top. This is an excellent opportunity for beginners and children to get introduced to the sport or the skier to get their ‘snow legs’ back under them. The tube park is a 350 foot ride with a vertical drop of 60 feet and a surface lift that also transports patrons to the top. Sapphire Valley Ski is a snowboarder friendly environment with a few terrain park elements in place to compliment the snowboard experience. Individual instruction and group lessons are available for both skiers and snowboarders.

Four Seasons Grill is a restaurant located within the rental lodge and offers good food and a place to sit down and relax. Also offered within the rental lodge is a small clothing and accessory shop that includes snow bib and jacket rentals.

Jackson County’s Sapphire Valley Ski Area is but one small component of the popular resort, offering two short slopes for its property owners, resort guests, and day skiers. It’s a comfortable environment for introducing new skiers to the sport, and a patient ski school welcomes anyone from young children to senior first-timers.

Visitors will find that this resort places a premium on the surrounding amenities, such as a huge recreation center that offers an indoor pool, hot tubs, saunas, fitness center, mini golf, an arcade and more.


A recreation center, which offers indoor pool, hot tubs, saunas, fitness center, mini golf, movie rental and an arcade. Two on-site lounge/restaurant facilities provide superb food, beverages and entertainment after an exhilarating day on the slopes.

A 10,000-sqare-foot facility offering two large meeting rooms, two activity rooms, a banquet room, nature center, gift shop, TV lounge, and catering kitchen, in addition to a reception area and spacious decks.

The Community Center provides excellent views of the Horsepasture River and downhill ski operations.

Beginners receive the personal attention necessary to master the basics of downhill skiing or snowboarding, and seasoned veterans can hone their skills.

Hours of Operation:

Monday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday: Noon to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Holiday Hours
Saturday, Dec. 19th – Wednesday, Dec. 30th
9:00 am to 9:00 pm
*Except Dates Below

Thursday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: 9am to 5pm
Friday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day: noon to 9pm
Thursday, Dec. 31, New Years’ Eve: 9am to 5pm
Friday, Jan. 1, New Years’ Day: 9am to 9pm
Monday, Jan. 18, M.L. King Day: 9am to 8pm
Monday, Feb. 15 Presidents’ Day: 9am to 8pm

Lodging Profile

Sapphire Valley ski

There are several ski chalets located on and around the resort and there are several stay and ski packages. Lodging at Sapphire Valley is among the finest of any of the ski resorts in the Southeast!

Foxhunt at Sapphire Valley is nestled on a wooded mountainside in the southernmost part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some units overlook a small lake. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a park with picnic area, an 18-hole PGA golf course, Red Bird Golf Links: a nine hole executive length par 30 course, eight clay and two hard-surfaced tennis courts, and health club with indoor pool, whirlpool and exercise equipment. Hiking, fishing, miniature golf and canoeing are other popular activities. Skiing is available mid-December through February, weather permitting. A car is needed to access the various amenities at the resort.

Fairway Forest at Sapphire Valley is located in the southernmost part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and offers 5,700 acres of natural beauty at an elevation of 3,100 ft.

Travel to the Resort

Asheville Regional Airport is located 1 1/2 hours (50 miles) from Sapphire Valley and is the closest airport to the ski area. Other airports in the surrounding area include Charlotte (135 miles), Atlanta (135 miles) and Augusta (150 miles).

Asheville Regional Airport

About 50 miles away
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 684-2226

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

About an hour
Greer, SC 29651
(864) 848-6280