Wolf Ridge

578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill , NC (Driving Directions to Wolf Ridge)
Last Updated: 10/25/2016 11:21 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.
  • 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
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • 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


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 4

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 22

Weekend Hours


Wolf Ridge Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

3,950 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

700 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

4,700 ft

Wolf Ridge Ski Pictures and Photos

Wolf Ridge Logo
Wolf Ridge Trail Map

Wolf Ridge Reviews & Tips (14)

Was there on Thur, 2.25, with sleet and crazy wind that literally stopped me in my tracks! They didn't have the top open at first due to the wind, so got in 20 runs before noon. When they opened the top it was dang good & towards the end of the day there were moguls developing. There was powder, snowed the night before and that day, on the edges of the slopes and once enough people got there they scrapped the ice off. Keep in mind that it's a small resort and to lower expectations. Sure itd be great if they had a high speed detachable quad, but lift tix would definitely increase. The food is not overly pricey: had 2 slices of pizza, ff & coffee for $12. My lift tix was $28 & rental $18. Less than $60 and I had a ball! Compare the food to what you'd pay at a minor league baseball game or movie theater. Wish they had beer.... Great staff! Had a flat two years ago and they went out of their way to fix it. Lifties have always been talkative and restaurant folks same way. Offered free order of ff because they fidnt have any pizza and had to cook one. Finally, I skied at another NC hill with my family and an out of control snowboarder ran into my daughter. He broke her arm. My wife had a friend's son also get plowed over by a boarder and broke his foot at this same place. I will not be going back to that hill and don't know that I've ever seen anyone out of control at Wolf. I'll definitely be going back to Wolf!
Wolf Ridge review written Feb 27 2016 - 02:56 PM
snowweasel Advanced Skier
I posted above, but rethought it. The snow was pretty good, the staff were nice, and it was cheaper than Beech Mountain and Sugar. But I would bring a sandwich. :)
Wolf Ridge review written Feb 08 2016 - 06:23 PM
Joe Beginner Skier
I saw some interesting green trails on the map (which I linked to from this page), but the lift was closed. Very disappointing. Turns out the Ridge Lodge burned and it hasn't been rebuilt. Food way overpriced. But the staff on the slopes and in the lifts were good.
Wolf Ridge review written Feb 07 2016 - 06:44 AM
Joe Beginner Skier
Nice place on the whole. The snow was pretty good and the people were very friendly. Ski instructor (Will) was great. Bit of a letdown that the learn-to-ski package isn't available on Fridays. Also, what's with the ban on eating your own food in the lodge? I understand wanting people to buy from your facility, but trying to force people to do so by prohibiting them from eating sandwiches inside the lodge is real pain.
Wolf Ridge review written Feb 01 2016 - 12:13 PM
sonic&tails Intermediate Skier
Generally speaking the staff is helpful. I don't understand the no- backpack policy. Fairly routine now for skiers to ski with hydration and lunch backpacks at lift operated areas all over the world. Apparently not allowed at Ski Wolf in NC?
Wolf Ridge review written Jan 27 2016 - 02:13 PM
TravelSkier Advanced Skier
I thought this was a great place. I don't understand the people complaining about the food or the beginner slopes. The food is better than Cataloochee or Gatlinburg and it had a huge beginner area that was a moderate incline. As a matter of fact if it were any more flat you wouldn't learn anything on it. I used it to practice my backwards skiing after a blue or black run. The thing I liked the least was that the quad lift seemed a little slow but there was never a line.
Wolf Ridge review written Mar 08 2015 - 06:16 PM
Billy Advanced Skier
North Carolina means short runs. Wolf Ridge does have the best fall lines in NC. Staff works hard to be helpful and friendly. Lift chair operators worked hard to keep lines moving - especially good since not all the lifts were open. Parking is challenge unless you are quite early. Lift ticket window line was incredibly slow last week on Thursday -really not acceptable for any ski resort. Overall a good day of skiing! We need more ski places like Wolf Ridge.
Wolf Ridge review written Mar 02 2015 - 08:48 AM
JoeWoods Advanced Skier
The temp was about 40 no jacket or gloves needed. Snow was good very few ice patches. MLK day was not crowded got gear quickly no lift lines. Food prices too high for quality. Staff was helpful and courteous. We will go again soon.
Wolf Ridge review written Jan 21 2015 - 02:35 PM
Archie Beginner Skier
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
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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