Finding a place with snow in Atlanta is not easy, but it’s not impossible. Snow Atlanta style is a bit different than real snow, but perfect for southerners who don’t get to see the real stuff often. If you are thinking ‘but I want to find REAL snow near me.’ part of the beauty of living in Atlanta is we are within driving distance to many great ski resorts in North Carolina and Tennessee (and even one in Alabama). Your family can still find a way to enjoy snow and skiing near Atlanta with our family fun guide to where to see snow and go skiing in Atlanta.
An affordable and great option for families in Atlanta metro area to enjoy winter family fun in snow without the hassle of driving for hours. Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park is the best place to find snow in Atlanta. Snow Mountain has tube runs, sledding hills for the little ones, a snow play area, snow man center and more. This year the Snow Mountain fun opens on November 18, 2017 and the season will end February 25th, 2018.
Lake Lanier Islands has turned LanierWorld, the summer water park into a Winter Wonderland. The tube run is snow Atlanta style, which means it’s really a white carpet. But the good news is the runs are fast even on a warm day. There are also snow play areas or you can build your snowman in sand on the Lanier beach.
When you are done playing in the snow, retreat to the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center to enjoy the heated saltwater pool. If the weather isn’t too cold, the resort also has zip lining, horseback riding, and golf.
North Carolina Ski and Tubing Resorts
If you can’t find snow in Atlanta, the next best thing is to head north to the mountains of North Carolina. North Carolina ski resorts have snow making capabilities, so you are guaranteed to see some of the white stuff, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center in North Carolina
With 20 lanes of snow tubing, Hawknest is recognized for having the largest Snow Tubing Park on the East Coast. Families who are not into skiing or snowboarding can skip the long line and crowd to enjoy a fun day of snow tubing here.
This is a great ski resort for the beginner or a family. With 10 slopes, 3 terrain parks and a panoramic outdoor ice arena, there is an adventure waiting for every member of the family. And the Appalachian Ski school is the only ski resort in the Southeast region to be an official Burton Learn To Ride Center. Go with friends and find vacation rentals to save on lodging!
This North Carolina ski resort has a true ski resort feel with a ski village which includes the View Haus Cafeteria, Ski Rental Shop, and more! Apart from ski and snowboard fun, families can also enjoy snow tubing and ice skating. Beyond the ski resort, the town of Beech Mountain also has a free sledding hill.
The Cataloochee Ski resort is located in the Great Smokies Mountain which makes it very convenient to visit from Atlanta. With a variety of terrain for beginners to experts alike, the Cataloochee experience offers something for everyone. Multiple tube runs are available at Tube World too.
The closest ski resort to the Atlanta metro area is just two and a half hours. It’s so close that it’s almost like finding snow in Atlanta, plus it provides families with a chance to experience skiing. This is a bigger resort with skiing and snow boarding. Be sure to check out the Frozen Falls Tube Park as there are no age restrictions.
Sugar Mountain in Sapphire, NC
The largest ski area in North Carolina is a favorite ski resort for many experienced skiers who can’t fly out West or go up North. With other fun snow activities like an outdoor ice skating rink and snow tubing, this resort offers a variety of winter fun for the whole family.
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Marhill, NC
The new and improved Wolf Ridge Ski resort has gone through a major renovation with 15 additional acres of ski terrain, a new Quad Lift and a new Terrain Park. That 15 additional acres takes Wolf Ridge Ski Resort to 82 total acres of terrain on which to ride! It’s conveniently located just 5 miles off I-26 making it a great option for families looking for a great winter destination near Atlanta.
Alabama and Tennessee Ski Resorts
Still no snow in Atlanta? Here are a few other neighboring states with snow capabilities
Ober Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg, TN
The only ski resort in Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg, is located in a popular family friendly destination in Gatlinburg. It makes a perfect long weekend or even a week-long family trip. With many things to do in Gatlinburg even the family member who is not fond of snow and skiing will surly find other fun things to do.
Cloudmont Ski Resort, Lookout Mountain, AL
About an hour and a half from Birmingham is a small Southern town called Mentone. The elevation of the mountain is 1,800 feet, so it can be a bit colder there than down in the valley.
However, Cloudmont Ski Resort doesn’t wait for Mother Nature. The resort has advanced snow-making equipment. As long as the temperature gets below 28, there is snow for skiing or just playing around.
Snow Atlanta Style: Neighborhood Sledding Hills in Atlanta
So it may not happen often, but it does snow in Atlanta from time-to-time. At least every other year or so, we get enough snow in Atlanta to bring out the sleds and hit the hills. Here is our favorite neighborhood sledding hill. I’d love to make this an awesome list of where to go sledding near me that can be pulled out when we get some good snow in Atlanta worthy of sledding. So tell me where your neighbors go to sled when it snows in Atlanta and we’ll add it to the list.
Bobby Jones Golf Course, Buckhead. As long as the ground is covered with white, you’ll find neighbors all over Bobby Jones Golf Course off Howell Mill Road in Buckhead.
Piedmont Park, Midtown. The hill in front of the Park Tavern is a great spot for sledding. Bonus, you can get some hot chocolate at the Park Tavern.
More places from our readers. Know others, tell us and we’ll add them.
Chastain Park, Intown.
Cross Creek Golf Course, Buckhead.
What to Know about Sledding and Snow Atlanta Style
When you see the snow – Go. When you see snow in Atlanta, you have to take advantage of it right away. Don’t wait for it to warm up before going out to play or it may be all gone. Whatever you are doing can wait – play now.
Keep a Plastic Sled in Reserve. Snow in Atlanta is never deep enough for a runner sled or a heavy toboggan. Your best bet is the plastic discs or the plastic toboggans. Go ahead and get one before the snow hits. By the time you find an Ace Hardware that still has the sleds, the snow will be gone. Plan ahead and keep at least one in reserve.
Snow Gear. You don’t need full on ski appeal, but it does help to have some water proof boots – rain boots with heavy socks (or just a couple pairs of socks) works too – you just want to make sure they are waterproof. Gloves or mittens are a necessity too. We may not see snow in Atlanta often, but when we do it’s cold (for us anyway) and you don’t want to miss the chance to pack the perfect snow ball.
Make a snow cone. While it’s still fresh, put a little snow in a cup and add some kool aid or other sweet syrup for a winter treat. This probably goes without saying, but since Georgia kids rarely see the white stuff, they may not realize what their Northern counterparts have just known since birth, don’t eat the yellow snow. Yellow Snow = Yuck.
Stay Close to Home. Atlantans are notorious bad drivers on a good sunny summer day. When we have snow in Atlanta with black ice, they completely lose it. Best to avoid the roadways all together – and head out to the sledding hill or make a snowman in the front yard.
Run to the Grocery. Don’t think you’re above fighting your neighbor for the last loaf of bread or the last gallon of milk. It doesn’t snow often but when it does, the snow and ice can keep you indoors for days. The only thing worse than getting snowed in is getting snowed in without enough food. (Don’t forget the drinks!)
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