Wolf Ridge

578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill , NC (Driving Directions to Wolf Ridge)
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Last Updated: 10/29/2014 9:45 PM

Wolf Ridge Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 9 Beginner
  • 10 Intermediate
  • 3 Advanced
Wolf Ridge is a ski resort located in western North Carolina off of I-26. Wolf Ridge has 5 lifts, 20 trails and 82 acres of skiable land. Wolf Ridge has something for everyone with a new terrain park, 3 black diamond runs, and plenty of open easy slopes and groomed cruisers. Some great dining is located right at Wolf Ridge’s ... lodges. 100% snowmaking, night skiing, grooming, resort lodging, tubing, and lessons are all available at Wolf Ridge. Read more

Wolf Ridge Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available; an extra charge may apply.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Wolf Ridge Operations

Status

Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 5

Weekday Hours

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Trails Open/Total

0 of 22

Weekend Hours

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Wolf Ridge Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

3,950 ft

24-hr Snowfall

0"

Vertical Drop

700 ft

Avg Base Depth

0"

Peak Elevation

4,700 ft

Wolf Ridge Ski Pictures and Photos

Wolf Ridge Logo
Wolf Ridge Logo
Wolf Ridge Trail Map
Wolf Ridge Trail Map

Wolf Ridge Reviews & Tips (7)

Totally disagree with other positive remarks about it being a good slope for beginners. The bunny slope area is not very wide and drops at in the same location where the advanced people line up for the lift. It was very intimidating having to worry about not getting hit or hitting someone else even on a non-crowded day. Rental counter staff very unorganized. Line wasn't very long but took about an hour to get through. Not many areas for spectators to sit. The base lodge is not well maintained. No hand soap or paper towels in the bathroom. Grill menu is very limited and very expensive. Seven dollars for a mediocre cheeseburger. Two dollars for cans of soda. Go to Cataloochee.
Wolf Ridge review written Feb 25 2014 - 04:03 PM
 
NC Native Beginner Snowboarder
Excellent place for beginers, even first timers, but not much fun for advanced or even intermediate level. On weekend lines are long, but during week days OK.
Wolf Ridge review written Feb 18 2014 - 02:17 PM
 
Alex Advanced Skier
After a couple of decades strictly trips out west, I returned to ski Sugar, Beech, Cataloochee & Wolf Ridge in recent years with my grade school kids. In my opinion, NC skiing is great for locals, kids & newbie adults before moving on to western resorts. If you are spoiled by western, northeast or even W.Va resorts, go to where you know you'll be happy as you're likely to complain about any NC resort. You must have an open mind to ski in NC & take them for what they are. For Wolf Ridge, a. Food choices at the Base Lodge are very basic, hot dogs, burgers, BBQ, fries, tots, but fairly standard for an NC ski lodge. The chicken fingers were weak. I did not see any beer, so bring your own & put a small cooler in a $5 a day locker. I heard there's a Ridge Lodge with better food, but the sorry owners didn't have it open. STEP UP THE FOOD QUALITY, even just a little. b. The owners need to go to business school. One lift was open the entire weekend. If they would have opened a 2nd lift, there would have been no life lines resulting in a much better experience for all visitors. Which equals a higher desire to come back. Which equals more money for the owners. One lift is fine for weekdays, not weekends. You can compensate for your very slow lift rides & opening a 2nd lift. c. Didn't see much of ski school. Not enough space - Sugar & Beech schools appear much better. d. Lame owners chose not to groom or blow snow on any slope before a busy Sat or Sunday even though conditions at night were perfect. Though I don't do groomers, I know 95% of those who ski/ride western NC need groomers to enjoy themselves & come back because of a good experience. e. If snowing or icy, you'll need 4WD and/or chains as the road heading up from I-26 is winding & steep. Just a 10 min ride off I-26. d. For AT&T via StraightTalk, cell service went to 1 or 2 bars along the hilly road off of I-26. Turned to no cell service on the roads up to the resort and at the resort. Others said Verizon was fine. Summary: Sugar & Beech are better overall, but more expensive. Their lift lines can be ridiculously long on weekends, definitely on holidays, & snow conditions may be the same as the smaller places. They do make & groom snow better than Wolf Ridge. Size of the resort, variety of runs, places to stay & rent skis, go out to drink/eat and the towns make Sugar/Beech the better NC ski areas. Wolf Ridge can be more economical. Limited places to stay. The variety & length of runs are fine for anyone skiing NC, but the lift rides are slow. Cataloochee is a step down purely because of it's lower variety of the terrain. It only has 1 main run and a few narrow tracks that snake to the skiers left of that run. It does have more places to stay & eat and they maintain the slopes better than Wolf Ridge. But that alone is not worth going there. It does groom & make better snow than Wolf Ridge.
Wolf Ridge review written Feb 12 2014 - 04:09 PM
 
BigRon Advanced Skier
Went on a weekday a day or two after it had snowed. Temps had stayed below freezing and the high for the day was like 34. Very little ice, really nice surface. Runs were really diverse for the size. Watched snowboarders get decent air off bumps on the harder runs, easiest run was one of the best I've seen for beginners - it starts out really flat so you can get a feel for what you are doing before it gets steeper. There were also options in between. Lines were short, management helpful in keeping people moving. Lodge was better than other value ski areas. Great view from the top. Runs weren't very well marked, but it was easy enough to get a feel for what I was able to handle. I'd consider myself somewhere between beginner and intermediate, and this was the perfect place for me to practice my skills and find an appropriate challenge.
Wolf Ridge review written Jan 31 2014 - 07:45 PM
 
Emily Intermediate Skier
Great resort and always my pick of the Western NC resorts. It's prices and crowds are a lot less than going to Sugar, Beech, or Appalachian. Also, it's easier to get to as it's only 2-4 miles off I26. Has a few steep challenging trails where you can get some good speed going, but also, mid-unloading for newer skiers/riders. (used to race Nastar on weekends) You can stay at resort-side cabins for around $150/night even on weekends. Or, stay in bunk style housing from around $60 night for cheapskate trips at the Wolf Ridge Lodge. Lots of "chill" folks coming up from Asheville all the time. Also, they turned off their snowguns on the weekend when many other WNC resorts had them running. This added to the guest experience when you don't have ice coating your entire body/eyeballs. Hope to make one or two more trips this season!
Wolf Ridge review written Jan 27 2014 - 02:17 PM
 
SpyderPig Advanced Skier
Great the place. Good customer service. Lovely Lobby area with fire place. Food was good and excellent prices.
Wolf Ridge review written Jan 26 2014 - 06:50 PM
 
Camila Beginner Skier
Great cadre of ski instructors, a relatively high percentage of easier slopes, lower prices and smaller crowds make Wolf Ridge a good choice for beginners. The Base Lodge has basic grill-type food; the Ridge Lodge is supposed to have fancier fare. Unfortunately, if you start out at the Base Lodge and take the lift needed to access the Ridge Lodge, you'll face a pretty difficult slope connection to get back down to the Base Lodge -- maybe too challenging for beginners. I was a little too intimidated to commit to making the connection, so I was stuck with the food at the Base Lodge.
Wolf Ridge review written Jan 06 2014 - 02:30 PM
 
Heeldad Beginner Skier

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