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Skiing, Sledding & Tubing

Winter in Highlands, NC doesn't mean you have to stay indoors. The picturesque Western North Carolina landscape transforms into a playground for winter enthusiasts, offering an array of thrilling outdoor activities like skiing, sledding, and tubing. Whether you prefer the rush of the slopes or the simple joy of sliding down a snowy hill, Highlands has something for everyone. Embrace the cold and embark on your winter adventure in this charming town.

Snow Boarding and Skiing

For an exhilarating skiing or snowboarding experience, make your way to Ski Sapphire Valley, conveniently located in nearby Sapphire. This winter wonderland boasts a 1,600-foot main run with a vertical drop of 200 feet. Equipped with a state-of-the-art quad-lift, a Learning Center slope for beginners, and a thrilling 300-foot snow tubing run, Ski Sapphire Valley caters to all skill levels and preferences. For information, call 828-743-7663 or visit skisapphirevalley.com.


After a fresh blanket of snow graces the town, gather your sleds, winter boots, and beanies for a cherished local tradition. Hickory Street, adorned with snow-capped trees, transforms into a thrilling sled run, providing the perfect setting for sliding, gliding, and creating cherished memories with loved ones. It's worth noting that this stretch of Hickory Street, affectionately known as Monkey Hill, holds special memories for generations of Highlands School students and locals who continue to relive their childhood adventures here.

Year-Round Tubing

If you crave high-speed excitement, satisfy your need for speed by tubing at Highlands Outpost. This adventure hub offers tubing opportunities year-round. During the colder months, Mother Nature provides the snow, and on-site equipment ensures you have a blast. The fun doesn't stop when the weather warms up; you can continue tubing in the sunshine. The slopes at Highlands Outpost are suitable for tubers of all ages, making it a perfect family-friendly activity. To plan your tubing adventure, call 828-526-3737 or visit highlandsoutpost.com.

So, whether you're an adrenaline junkie, a family seeking fun in the snow, or someone looking to relive childhood memories, Highlands, NC has everything you need for a memorable winter outdoors. Don't miss the chance to create lasting memories in this beautiful mountain town.