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Blowing Rock Appalachian Ski Mountain Overlooking the ski slopes on one side and the Blue Ridge Mountains on the other, this outdoor ice arena is fully lit for skating under

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Blowing Rock Appalachian Ski Mountain Overlooking the ski slopes on one side and the Blue Ridge Mountains on the other, this outdoor ice arena is fully lit for skating under

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Blowing Rock Appalachian Ski Mountain Overlooking the ski slopes on one side and the Blue Ridge Mountains on the other, this outdoor ice arena is fully lit for skating under

5 Outdoor Ice-Skating Rinks to Glide Around

Blowing Rock
Appalachian Ski Mountain

Overlooking the ski slopes on one side and the Blue Ridge Mountains on the other, this outdoor ice arena is fully lit for skating under the stars seven nights a week. Warm up between skate sessions at a rink-side bonfire.

940 Ski Mountain Road
(828) 295-7828
appskimtn.com/ice-skating


Charlotte
U.S. National Whitewater Center

From mid-November through mid-February, the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center is a grand 17,000-square-foot ice rink that includes an ice trail and a free-skate area. Skaters can stop for a hot or cold beverage from the Airstream in the center of the frozen pond.

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
(704) 391-3900
whitewater.org/activity/ice-skating


Greensboro
Piedmont Winterfest

Take an icy spin around the South End area of downtown. Before or after stepping onto the ice, stop for a beer, a meal, and a game or two at nearby Southend Brewing or Boxcar Bar + Arcade.

123 Barnhardt Street
(336) 379-0060
piedmontwinterfest.com


Scaly Mountain
Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

This family-friendly outdoor center, a short drive west of Highlands, offers ice-skating, snow tubing, and rides on a 4,000-foot-tall mountain coaster. After the activities, enjoy a meal at Annie’s Café or a sweet treat — fudge, candy, or ice cream — from the on-site Bartram Market.

7420 Dillard Road
(828) 526-3737
scalymountain.com


Sugar Mountain
Sugar Mountain Resort

If skiing isn’t your style, the 10,000-square-foot ice-skating rink at this resort can give you some fun outdoor entertainment. With the sports shop annex and the resort restaurant located nearby, hot chocolate and a hearty meal are steps away.

1009 Sugar Mountain Drive
(828) 898-4521
skisugar.com/skating

This story was published on Nov 22, 2021

Rosa Stancil

Rosa Stancil is a Fall 2021 editorial intern at Our State.