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“Improved, but still not quite there....”

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 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.

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Reviewed January 2, 2006

We visited Wolf Laurel on New Years Eve, having never been to a ski resort before. Here were the pros and cons of our stay:
Pros
-One of the cheapest resorts in the area
-Close vicinity to Asheville
Cons
-The staff acted like they hated their jobs. They did not smile, would only say words when necessary, and were not helpful at all. The snowboard rental guy could not tell us what was considered goofy footed and everyone else seemed to just ignore us.
-The bathrooms in the lodge were awful. They had salon type doors on each stall (curtains in the men's bathroom) with no lock (someone walked in on me)and it did not look clean.
-The escalator to the beginner's slope was not operating and we had to take our snowboard off and walk up the slope after each run.
-The beginner's slope is the emptying run for all the other trails, so we had to worry about constantly being in the way of someone else coming down(and mind you-it was not one of their busiest nights)
-The only hotel near the slope is the Wolf Laurel Inn, which looked very rundown.

Perhaps this how all ski resorts are-it being our first time, I don't have much to compare it to, but after paying $51.00 per person for lift & equipment, I felt we deserved a cleaner, more courteous experience.

10  Thank SHEIK27
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Reviewed November 28, 2003

Wolf Laurel is quickly climbing the ladder to become one of North Carolina's finest skiing destinations. The mountain has always had some of the most excellent ski terrain for all skill levels. Now, with an all-new snowmaking system including beautiful, shiny Areco Snowsystem and Lenko fan-type machines, snow production here is excellent. They have new grooming equipment as well, and grooming conditions have improved tremendously over the last few years. The new, expanded ski patrol facilities help the mountains' hard working first aid personnel provide the best service possible. Last year, the lodge was expanded into a beautiful, western-style building with impressive native poplar and pine post and beam construction, which adds a large dose of atmosphere to the base area. Buying tickets and getting your rentals is a breeze, thanks to the new rental shop line which starts at the entrance to the lodge but stays separate and puts you out right at the lift area when you're done!

Access to the resort is easier than any other in WNC, due to the newly completed Interstate 26 through Madison County. The Interstate is 3 lanes wide with a gentle grade, making it easy to travel during snow.
You'll take exit 2 which is about halfway between Asheville, NC and Johnson City, TN. Then it's only 5 miles to the entrance of the resort along a mostly level state road. The road right up to the lodge is now paved as well, making snow removal much easier!

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