There’s nothing quite as magical as winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you live here, hope to live here, or are just visiting, there’s plenty to do during an Asheville winter to keep you busy. Here are 5 Asheville winter activities we’re especially looking forward to this year:

Ski or Snow Tube

When you’re up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you simply have to take advantage of the outdoor fun. Soak up mountain views and hit the slopes this winter! There are a number of ski resorts in the Asheville area, but Wolf Ridge and Cataloochee are perhaps the most well-known. Both resorts offer a number of ski and stay packages if you’re just visiting, or if you need a mini-getaway this winter.

If skiing isn’t your thing, but you’d still like to get outdoors in the Asheville area this winter, be sure to check out the Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park. No coordination required, the park is dedicated to snow tubing, where — you guessed it — you get to slide penguin-style down the mountain. Their claim to fame? They allow trains; slide down the mountain with the whole family!

Take a Cooking Class

Hang out in a warm kitchen, and learn how to make a full three-course dinner at The Farm. The Laurel of Asheville described Chef Mike’s cooking class as “a party, where the wine flows freely and you’re among strangers who feel like old friends.”

Designed for cooks of all levels, including beginner, The Farm cooking classes are three-hours, and usually feature a regional theme — think Italian, Cajun, or French. Your ticket will get you a hands-on learning experience to cook a variety of recipes within the theme, and at the end, you’ll get to eat what you made! That’s a pretty fun way to spend a chilly winter night.

Catch a Show

Asheville is well known for its community of artists and performers. Whether you prefer an international troupe of dancers or a totally original comedy sketch, Asheville’s got you covered this winter. For more classic performances, check out what’s happening at the Diana Wortham Theatre. They’ll have an acrobatic performance in mid-January, and Frankenstein and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are on deck for February.

For an original show, the Magnetic Theatre is the place to go. In January, they have a stand-up comedy event scheduled, as well as a sketch comedy show Crimes and Missed Demeanings, both sure to make you laugh.  

Village Potters

New year, new hobby? Why not pottery? The Village Potters, an art gallery and pottery in The River Arts District offers an amazing array of pottery classes and workshops perfect for the creative crafter. Whether you’ve experimented with pottery before, or have never touched clay, they have classes for every experience level. Bonus, their class fees include the materials and the firing necessary to finish your work! It’s the perfect way to spend a few snowy evenings this winter.

And if you like pottery, but making it isn’t your thing, be sure to check their events page for a fun way to spend a Saturday or evening night. With different featured shows and art studio strolls happening all of the time, it’s a great way to engage with Asheville’s community of artists.

Take a Brewery Tour

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than cozying up in a warm pub or brewery with a great drink. For some of the best local brews in Asheville, head to South Slope, where you’ll find tasting rooms and pubs from all of Asheville’s biggest brewers.

And if you’re looking for a great way to spend a winter afternoon, you can’t beat a brewery tour. Each of the following Asheville breweries offers at least one tour. Most breweries offer a free, 30-minute tour, but others, like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, offer several tour options depending on how much time you have to spend and how much you care about beer!

We hope these activities help you beat cabin fever this winter! For more Asheville activity ideas, be sure to check out our blog. If you fell in love with Asheville over your winter vacation, High Hickory has properties and spaces available. Learn more about our beautiful, sustainable mountain community online, or give us a call at 866-936-5263.