Winter Activities


Staying at Greg’s Cabin at Willow Winds proved to be a great choice. I loved having my green tea in the morning on the outdoor balcony looking out at the Tulip trees and listening to the sounds of the fountains. The location was perfect: close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Downtown Asheville, and the Airport. There is so much to do here in this beautiful and majestic landscape!

Judi Irons (Scottsdale, AZ)

Winter activities in Asheville and surrounding area include: hiking on nearby trails, braving a cold night of camping, going ice skating and breaking away for the occasional ski, snowboard or sled trek down the local slopes.

North Carolina Skiing

Couple skiing

North Carolina Ski Areas

Black Dome Mountain Sports

Black Dome Mountain Sports guides will be taking participants out by appointment to roadside ice cliffs on Highway 215 for a variety of ice-climbing experiences. These demo events are offered either free of charge or with nominal fees to cover the special equipment needed. Call the shop at 251-2001 to get updates on ice-formation conditions and planned outing dates.

Asheville Aerial Arts

On warmer days when there are no icy cliffs, you can join professional coaches at the Asheville Aerial Arts outdoor studio for some airtime. In the backyard of a central Asheville residence (31 Elizabeth St.), you’ll find an 18-foot-tall rig fully outfitted with a static trapeze attachment, silks and other implements of the trade. The studio will be open for sessions all winter. So instead of watching a Cirque de Soleil performance from your indoor theater chair, do your own aerial twists, squirms and stretches over a safety mat near home. Group sessions are $10 per hour. Visit http://www.ashevilleaerialarts.com or call 305-5615 for more information.

Beech Mountain

For those who have seen enough of Asheville’s hiking trails and want to veer a little more off the beaten path, catch up with the hiking groups leaving from Beech Mountain, elevation 5,505 feet. Seasoned and knowledgeable volunteer guides will be leading free hikes during the months of December, January, February and March. For more information, visit http://www.HikeBeechMountain.com or call 387-3003.

Astronomy Club of Asheville

If you’re not into raising your heart rate this winter, but you still want to get outdoors, check out the Astronomy Club of Asheville. Since the night sky appears especially clear in chilly conditions, group members make a point to huddle around the telescope in some dark corner on select nights through the winter. (Suggestion: Dress warmly.) Although new-moon nights on the top of Mount Pisgah have been a favorite viewing time as of late, dates and times do change, so check the Web site for updates before venturing out: http://www.astroasheville.org.

Astronomy Club of Asheville

If you’re not into raising your heart rate this winter, but you still want to get outdoors, check out the Astronomy Club of Asheville. Since the night sky appears especially clear in chilly conditions, group members make a point to huddle around the telescope in some dark corner on select nights through the winter. (Suggestion: Dress warmly.) Although new-moon nights on the top of Mount Pisgah have been a favorite viewing time as of late, dates and times do change, so check the Web site for updates before venturing out: http://www.astroasheville.org.


We came here for a short getaway from our home & faily in Michigan and we’ve had a wonderful time. The Willow Winds property proved to be all that it had promised and then some. We hope to return with our kids sometime. Asheville was a lot of fun too — very different from what we’re used to. Our favorite eatery was Jack of the Wood’s, We tried the Scotch eggs, some local brew’s and the Sheppard’s pie…all accompanied by some very talented bluegrass musicians.

Thanks Willow Winds for a great place to stay

Jim And Sharon (Michigan)

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