Sapphire Valley sits nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina within the Nantahala National Forest. The ski area provides a quintessential ski experience for beginner and intermediate levels. The crescendo of excitement lies within a 5,700 acre wilderness area dominated by meandering mountains, low-lying valleys, thick alpine forests, and rich wildlife. The Sapphire Valley ski area combines with Frozen Falls Tubing Park, creating a winter wonderland of fun perfect for North Carolina skiing vacations.
Sapphire Valley ski area isn’t built for pro-skiers looking for killer runs, monumental jumps, or steep drops. If you’re looking for a challenge, head to Big Sky in Montana or famous Aspen! The Sapphire Valley Ski Resort comprises 5,700 acres at an elevation of 4,300 feet. It features two downhill ski runs, one of which spans roughly 1500 feet with a 200-foot vertical drop. The other run is more along the lines of a beefed-up bunny hill. Frozen Falls is the tube park and is perfect for lots of family fun.
Ski packages and vacation packages are available through the resort and offer good value, especially if there are several people. There is a small-town feel to this smaller ski resort, but for family fun and a little adventure on the slopes, it’s perfect. Ski equipment and snowboard gear is available for rent and ski vacation packages are a popular choice.
Only three hours from Charlotte and a short drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Sapphire Valley Ski Resort can provide fun for everyone. Foxhunt and Fairway Forest are the resorts two main lodging spots. Foxhunt is settled on a thickly treed Blue Ridge mountainside with some units peering over a small lake. A park and picnic facilities, and outdoor pool, tennis courts, an indoor pool, onsite dining, and a seasonal 18-hole golf course are part of the amenities.
Winter hiking, ice fishing, and skiing are best enjoyed from the middle of December through February. Fairway Forest at Sapphire Valley Ski Resort is nestled into the southernmost area of the mountains where fishing, hiking, and skiing are also immediately available as well as an onsite restaurant, sauna, ski school, health club, and pool.
There are other area Sapphire Valley hotels to choose between. The Sapphire Valley ski area is within close distance to Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Sapphire Valley, which is affiliated with the ski area. The extensive resort offers activities of all kinds in every season, special cultural events and activities, hiking and fishing trips, and plenty of extras including a pool, golf course, and horseback riding, which can be enjoyed in certain seasons. Within the town of Cashiers, visitors will find many more Sapphire Valley hotels such as the historic Laurelwood Mountain Inn, pebble Creek Village, and the High Hampton Inn which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are many things to do outside of the ski area and when traveling as a family, a side trip from the hills can be a welcome activity. The Sapphire Valley area is filled with attractions including ice fishing, Peregrine Falcon and Cataloochee Elk viewing, the historic Library Restaurant, and the family-friendly, Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company which serves lunch and dinner daily.