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Since Asheville’s location is equal to sitting inside the rim of a cup, as Thomas Wolfe, the famous writer and Asheville native once stated– that characteristic protects the city from the severe weather that hails from the mountains surrounding it. The temperature and elevation difference is enough to keep the Asheville above freezing while the surrounding mountains may be covered in snow. Asheville gets an average of 13.3 inches of snow during the winter months. Nearby, the Blue Ridge Mountains, home to several ski slopes and snowtubing parks.The best way to get to Asheville is via Asheville Regional Airport where visitors can find Continental Airlines, Delta Connection-ASA, Northwest Airlines, United and US Airways. Also, Trailways and Greyhound buslines provide routes.