Last year, while much of the Northeast was digging out, those in the deep south skirted the blizzard conditions, much the dismay of the boys of TravelingMom with Teens. They were looking forward to some quality snow play. With winter coming soon, this year the South could get snow deep enough for sledding. But if not, here are a few places to find snow in the South, without waiting for a once in a decade storm to drop enough white stuff to make a snowman.
Where to Find Snow in the South
It’s no secret. It rarely snows in the South. But that doesn’t mean you can’t FIND snow in the South, you just need to know where to look. Don’t worry, we’ve got a list of six places you can find snow in the sunny south.
Beech Mountain Ski Resort, Beech Mountain, North Carolina
North Carolina Ski Resorts are the perfect place for southerners to experience the fun of snow skiing or snowboarding close to home. Resorts like Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, Appalachian, Cataloochee (better known as Maggie Valley NC), Sapphire Valley NC, and Wolf Ridge, utilize snow-making machines, so even if there isn’t any of the white stuff at home, there is bound to be skiing in North Carolina.
Beech Mountain Ski Resort has the highest elevation of any ski North Carolina resort with 16 trails and 95 skiable acres. It also boasts the only high-speed quad lift to get skiers up the mountain fast. When mother nature doesn’t provide the snow, Beech Mountain Resort will make it. They have 14 new SMI pole cats to allow for faster snow-making.
Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Yes, you can find snow in the south! It’s always a snow day at Snow Mountain just outside of Atlanta. This winter wonderland outside minutes from the big city has snow tubing runs for individuals, as well as a family run. There is a place to throw snowballs, build snowmen, and even roast s’mores.
In addition to the larger runs, the Little Angels section is built for smaller children less than 46 inches tall. If it gets too cold, you can always enjoy the attractions at Stone Mountain Park, which include a 4D theatre and Great Barn play area.
There is also a Summit Skyride to the top the mountain, which gives a great view of the Confederate Memorial Carving on the side of the Stone Mountain. At the top, you get a fantastic view of the Atlanta Skyline. On a clear day, you can see the Appalachian Mountains more than 60 miles away!
Winter Adventure Lake Lanier Island, Georgia
LanierWorld, the resorts summertime water park, is transformed into a winter wonderland. The water slides have been transformed for sleds, and there is snow tubing in the wave pool, plus a section for building snowmen and maybe even packing a few snowballs.
When you are done playing in the snow, retreat to the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center to enjoy the heated saltwater pool. If the weather isn’t too cold, the resort also has zip lining, horseback riding, and golf.
Ober Gatlinberg, Gatlinberg, Tennessee
Ober Gatlinberg is Tennessee’s best-known ski resort also has a Ski Mountain Coaster, ice skating and snow tubing. A special snow zone called Cubbies is for little ones to enjoy the fun without getting run over by the big kids.
If you’re looking for something to do off the slopes, Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter is a good option. Although the black bear family may be in hibernation during the winter months, you can still see the river otters playing, the birds of prey and a host of nocturnal animals in a special nocturnal house.
Cloudmont Ski Resort, Lookout Mountain, Alabama
Point your skis to Alabama to find snow in the south. About an hour and a half from Birmingham is a small Southern town called Mentone. The elevation of the mountain is 1,800 feet, so it can be a bit colder there than down in the valley.
However, Cloudmont Ski Resort doesn’t wait for Mother Nature. The resort has advanced snow-making equipment. As long as the temperature gets below 28, there is snow for skiing or just playing around.
Although Alabama skiing may not be quite as perfect as shredding the Colorado slopes, it’s also a lot less expensive, which is great if you have little ones who have never skied before and are just looking to try the sport out. No sense spending a lot of money to go out west to find junior doesn’t like the snow.
Blizzard Beach, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ok, so Blizzard Beach doesn’t have real snow. But you can still go sledding down the ‘Toboggan Racers’ or take the ‘chairlift’ from one side to the next, and make sandmen on the beach.
Every kid likes to eat a bit of the snow. At Blizzard Beach, it comes in the form of soft serve ice cream in a sand bucket.