Banner Elk is the only town in North Carolina within five miles of two ski resorts. This unique location — between the state’s two largest ski resorts — makes Banner Elk the top ski town in North Carolina. So, book a stay in Banner Elk to be near the slopes and closest to all the best restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and nightlife.
Visitors can head a few miles south to the slopes at Sugar Mountain Resort or a few miles north to the slopes at Beech Mountain Resort. Together, those two ski areas provide Banner Elk visitors a total of 38 slopes, 17 lifts, 16 tubing lanes, two terrain parks, two ski schools and two ice skating rinks.
Beech Mountain (5,506 feet) is the highest ski resort in Eastern America and has NC’s only mountain top ski bar, while Sugar Mountain (5,300 feet) has the most skiable acres (125) in North Carolina and the state’s only double black diamond slope.
When it’s time for aprés ski, Banner Elk takes center stage with upscale lodging, dining, shopping and nightlife. The town has an impressive collection of restaurants from down home to fine dining to everything in between. In fact, Banner Elk is referred to as the “Culinary Hot Spot of the High Country” for its culinary scene.
Flat Top Mountain Brewery is a warm and inviting craft brewery right on Main Street in Banner Elk and carries anywhere from eight to 12 styles of beer on tap year-round.
Just a few miles down the road from Flat Top Mountain Brewery is Banner Elk Winery, an award-winning winery & vineyard that was the first winery to establish itself in the NC High Country and is now part of the High Country Wine Trail.
Part of the fun of a Blue Ridge Mountain ski vacation is selecting the perfect lodging. Whether you seek a cozy cabin, upscale vacation home, bed-and-breakfast inn or a national chain hotel, you can find the right fit. Check out our lodging page to locate the option that is best for you. Most places have fireplaces and/or hot tubs!
Banner Elk’s walkabout downtown is full of shops and boutiques for those who seek a little retail therapy away from the slopes.
And yes, even in winter, you can visit nearby Grandfather Mountain, one of North Carolina’s most popular attractions. Grandfather Mountain stays open throughout winter as long as there is not too much snow and temperatures aren’t too chilly. The mountain’s hiking trails provide nice options for winter hikes with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This winter, don’t miss out on the best skiing destination around. Come see why Banner Elk is North Carolina’s Ski Town.