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“Thanksgiving in the mountains”

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Mars Hill
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy premier skiing and snowboarding, long range views, mountain top lodging, and playful snow tubing at Wolf Ridge Resort.
Reviewed November 27, 2011

The views were great, the weather was wonderful. There was a lack of activities for the weekend, the lodge is billed as year round but it's not.

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Reviewed September 22, 2011

Now understand that NC skiing in itself is not the greatest the runs are narrow icy and short. Wolf Ridge is really no exception however they are one of the biggest I've seen in NC. They state 100% snow making but I saw a few advance runs not open midseason. The location is close to the interstate which makes it an easy day trip. Some advice, bring cash they have 3 windows 2 are cash/credit and one is just cash (very short line). If you just want a day to play and bring the kids this place is for you. More advice, bring your equipment there's is old and the rental area is very disorganized which will kill an hour of your time. There prices are high for what you get but I would go back maybe during the week not as crowded.

2  Thank jswatts72
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

The Lower Lodge: broken equipment: two pair out of four pairs of boots, one of four pairs of skis and numerous faulty ski poles; and an icy, dangerous magic carpet lift located at the base of a black diamond run. The ski poles are thrown haphazardly into too-large bins, all mismatched, bent, broken, no wrist straps, etc. We have been to other ski resorts where it appeared a worker's job was to do nothing but organize ski poles all day--this place looked like it hadn't been organized--ever. No ticket line area inside, no posted menu of ticket pricing, no skiing code of conduct posted ANYWHERE that we could see. Complaints to the manager, Andy English, were met with mocking behavior and no offered solution. Had our tale ended there, this review would have reflected one star in all categories. Send Andy to customer service training or school, service your equipment, replace equipment beyond help and hire an additional part timer or two to keep things orderly and inviting. Clean the ice off your bunny slope run or install another method of getting up the incline. An old fashioned tow rope would have worked better than the icy incline which caused many to fall as they slid backwards on the conveyor. You shouldn’t have to remove equipment in order to keep from sliding down the magic carpet. Install signage re: rules, better trail marking signage and barriers around hazards on the trail.

The UPPER LODGE saved the day: the manager, the staff, the ambiance, the ski runs outside, the equipment, etc. The Upper Lodge at Wolf Laurel is the “day” polar opposite to the Lower Lodge’s “night”. The building is new, the ski poles were new—they took the plastic off ours before handing them to us—the manager, Jesse, and his staff are warm and friendly, the ski runs just outside the door are beginner to intermediate. The lodge is spacious and inviting with lots of round tables and plenty of seating (is a nice restaurant at night which we did not try due to uneasiness with our vehicle on icy mountain roads at night); clean restrooms; an adequate food grill (fried flounder sandwich was yummy!) and the requisite large fireplace. A few issues with the upper lodge: the stone floors are slippery (which could be solved with additional floor mats), the food line area needs to be redesigned for better traffic flow and sales (owner should invest in additional checkout register and minor food sales redesigns).

Tim Crane, manager of the TUBE RUN: The Tube Run at Wolf Laurel is nothing special from a run perspective, but is perfect for families with little ones, particularly those of us who see snow rarely and do not get to sled on a regular basis. The run is not divided into lanes, so parents can ride with kids, race against the kids, whatever. Management and staff are personable and fun with one posted rule: you can do anything as long as it doesn’t start with “hey y’all, watch this!” Our 10 and 12 year old boys had a blast, as did others with younger families in attendance.
The skiing:
As beginners, we limited ourselves to the trails accessed by the upper lodge only—partly because we did not feel confident to venture to “the other side of the mountain” to the advanced trails, and partly because we had such a bad taste of the lower lodge that we wished to avoid it at all costs. The conditions could not have been better with fresh powder and clear skies. “Ridge Runner” was easily handled as beginners and provided a nice long re-introduction to skiing for adults who haven’t skied in years. (not a short bunny slope) The through-the-tunnel “Turning Point”-“Tunnel Run”-“Upper and Lower Nature View”-“Side Step” and “Nature Cub” all combine into one long run down to a quad lift, parts of which were considered beginner by the adults, parts of which were considered intermediate by the adults. The fearless kids had a fabulous time, the tunnel provides a cool feature not encountered elsewhere and the novelty never wore off.
The ski school:
We invested in five different instructors over 3 days, finding that dividing the kids and adults into two groups with separate instructors to yield the best instructional results. Our favorite instructor of the weekend was a retired military gentleman by the name of Mike Tousey. Mike was very helpful and instructive and genuinely interested in advancing our skiing abilities as opposed to the 20 and 30 somethings who seemed to be going through the motions, bored with yet another beginner on the same darn slopes—you could almost see the speech bubbles over their heads saying “I’m doing this for the commission and the skiing privileges”. Second fave instructors were David (a 20-something without the attitude), and his instructor-in-training Reid (who almost rivaled Tousey with his verbal commands to weight and lean into one leg or the other).

IF you are experienced and have your own equipment, the lower lodge would be fine, no frills skiing, and we have been told that the black diamond runs are some of the best when they are all open. But if you are first time skiers, or a family, by all means take the turn onto Wolf Ridge Road and head up to the UPPER LODGE for a much better experience!

10  Thank abcdk
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

We went with a small group and rented out one of the cabins. The cabins are gorgeous! But, the roads leading there are very, very narrow and have massive potholes- so beware! And, I would have to agree with one of the other traveler's- the people working around the ski lodge are very rude and to the point. Not overly helpful. The lower lodge food is disgusting, the bathrooms were not clean and parking was a pain. I would love to go back since we live in Atlanta and the drive is not that far. This place needs to clean up it's act though. If they just made it cleaner and little bit bigger and fixed those roads they would make a lot more money.

1  Thank laurac1031
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Reviewed February 13, 2010

We have family in Hendersonville and when visiting in the winter months, usually try to plan a day at the slopes. Wolf Ridge is the closest and offers everything we need in regards to skiing. We visited February 2009 and 19 of 20 slopes were open, all lifts were working, the lodge had warm and cozy fireplaces, the restaurant offered a good variety, the ski shop had anything one would need.......so what is the problem? The place is run by punk teenagers who couldn't care less if you wait an hour to get your ski equipment, they are rude out on the slopes and barely pay attention to what is going on. The staff really is bad in all phases from purchasing lift tickets to restaurant staff, to equipment staff, to the people on the slopes. No one was friendly, helpful, or had a sense of urgency about anything. If the people cared, this could be a jewel. I guess management is to blame because they allow it. We would be satisfied visiting this ski resort every visit to NC, but after dealing with people who don't care, we will try others in the area.

4  Thank DGarner1
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