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Wolf Ridge

  Wolf Laurel ski area is really really good, ask anyone. Says Robert.

OK, so I know this slope isn't in Colorado or Montana, but I have been to many slopes of this size, and I have to say this is a poorly run business. We did some night skiing there in late December right after a huge snow storm, and I couldn't believe how icy the slopes were. The slopes are closed from 4:30 to 6PM for ''maintenance.'' But sure didn't see any of that going on. OK,
    so they can't control the weather (even though they have 100% snow making capabilities.) So when you're night skiing it sure would be nice to see where your going. Not at Wolf Ridge. Not all runs have lights (even though the lift
ticket price would suggest that all slopes are lit) and most only have ''spotty'' lighting at best. There were several areas that connect one run to another, run that were open but had no lighting at all. I didn't realize I would need a head lamp to ski. Can you say terrain maps? There is only one large terrain map at the bottom of the hill. Nothing at the top of the lifts and almost no signage at the entrance to the runs.

So here we are in the dark
 
trying to figure out if were are about to go down a black diamond or intermediate run. I have never seen such poor entrances to the lift chairs. Almost every lift has a hard either left or right downhill turn to approach the staging area. Lots of beginners falling trying to make the turn, slowing the line, allowing empty chairs to go by. I can't figure out who designed this mess. We survived 3. 5 hrs of skiing, turned in our gear at the rental dept, and headed for the parking lot.

The parking lots are tiered down the hill. There are steps made out of railroad ties between lots. They are very uneven and quite dangerous. As I was going down the first set of stairs I shouted up to my wife to be careful because ice had built up on each step make it very slippery. I jokingly said to her I hope Wolfe Ridge has good insurance because the liability insurance papers I signed were for the slope not the parking lot. Made it down the 1st set of steps. Going down the 2nd set was a different story. These steps were 6ft wide and had a handrail on each side. The only way down was to start on the left side, about a 3rd of the way you have to switch to the right side because the ice had built up so high. There was no steps just a straight-down ice slide. Unfortunately you have to release your death grip on the handrail to get from one side to the other. Unfortunately, I didn't make the switch and ended up on my butt sliding about 10 steps down the hill. I jammed my thumb pretty bad. Who would have thought 3. 5 hrs on the slopes and get injured in the parking lot. I'm sure this is a family owned business, and they probably struggle to make a profit year to year, but it's not a good business plan to injure your patrons on the way home. Wolf Ridge has the potential to be a really outstanding ski resort but until they get their act together I would not recommend it to anyone. Says Richard Jones Tue, 4 Jan 2011.

This ski resort has a moderate selection of ski slopes and a decent number of different ski lifts. This is a conventional size ski hill boasting a roughly average height difference if compared to other mid Atlantic ski resorts. Having a skiable terrain of 82 acres, it's cozy enough to get to know all your fellow skiers. A 700 foot altitude difference is naturally not that much, but all the other good properties of Wolf Ridge compensate for it. All of the 5 great ski lifts are skillfully maintained and run by caring folks. The snowboarding and the skiing in North Carolina is lots of fun every day of the season. This ski resort gets lighter snowfall than the local average every season. Wolf Ridge has the largest vertical drop for 46 miles. Getting a little bit of pleasant exercise and a chance to spend some time in the great outdoors have ski folks coming here. The 5 feet of great snow that fall here per winter is of course not world-class, but not too bad either. The close by hotels are a bit away from the main area, but if you donít have reservations, you will possibly end up sleeping in your vehicle. When this section of North Carolina is blanketed in snow; it is so stunning for skiing or snowboarding. This ski mountain has 20 ski runs, and they are good to ski on. Wolf Ridge has a much lower than average fraction of black and red runs and a much higher than average ratio of beginner and intermediate ski slopes. This is a great ski area for the whole family with loads of beginner and intermediate ski slopes for beginners. The highlands of the Great Smoky Mountains in winter are so stunning you wonít believe it. Whether you're skiing or snowboarding, there are lots of pleasant places for that close by. This is a popular ski mountain for skiers from Johnson City. The highlands of the Great Smoky Mountains make for a good landscape.






      



 

Hotels Near Wolf Ridge ski area, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

Comfort Inn Mars Hill - University Area, Mars Hill
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7.7 miles away
Super 8 Erwin, Erwin
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12.8 miles away
Knollwood, Marshall
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14.9 miles away
Charray Inn, Greeneville
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21.9 miles away
Knights Inn Greeneville, Greeneville
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21.9 miles away
Quality Inn Greeneville, Greeneville
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21.9 miles away
Hampton Inn Greeneville TN, Greeneville
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21.9 miles away
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These outdoors activities are available near Wolf Ridge ski area.
 Ski Areas Near Wolf Ridge ski area:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 46 miles away
   830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
   30% Expert & Adv.
   40% Intermediate
   30% Beginner
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 46 miles away
   740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
   25% Expert & Adv.
   50% Intermediate
   25% Beginner
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 46 miles away
   1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
   15% Expert & Adv.
   50% Intermediate
   35% Beginner
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 48 miles away
   619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
   30% Expert & Adv.
   50% Intermediate
   20% Beginner
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 60 miles away
   365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
   35% Expert & Adv.
   40% Intermediate
   25% Beginner
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 74 miles away
   600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
   25% Expert & Adv.
   50% Intermediate
   25% Beginner
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 77 miles away
   225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
   10% Expert & Adv.
   60% Intermediate
   30% Beginner
Sky Valley, Georgia , 80 miles away
   210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
   33% Expert & Adv.
   33% Intermediate
   34% Beginner
 Whitewater Near Wolf Ridge ski area:
Spivey Creek, Unicoi County , 6 miles away, Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Little Bald Creek to Tumbling Rich Gap Brook)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Adventure Guide, Unicoi County , 10 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Nolichucky River, Unicoi County , 10 miles away, Class I-II(III) - 3 miles long (Nolichucky Gorge Campground to Jackson Love Bridge)
 Trails Near Wolf Ridge ski area:
Bald Mountain Trail, Unicoi , 4 miles away
Granny Lewis Trail, Unicoi , 7 miles away
No Business Trail, Unicoi , 8 miles away
 National Parks Near Wolf Ridge ski area:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wolf Ridge ski area:
Spring Creek Ranch, Collierville , 13 miles away
Reems Creek Golf Club, Weaverville , 14 miles away
Country Club Of Asheville, Asheville , 18 miles away

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