The Long Run

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Our mountains may not be as big as those out West, but we have some massively long ski slopes in our region that offer the most bang for your buck. Here are a few of the longest ski runs in the South.

Salamander, Timberline Resort, W.Va.: At two miles, Salamander is officially the longest ski slope in the Southeast. The beginner-friendly Salamander starts at Timberline’s 4,268-foot summit and drops 1,000 feet of vert over a long, casual slope through the trees with periodic views of Canaan Valley below.

Cupp Run, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, W.Va.: Snowshoe’s Cupp Run is a black diamond that drops 1,500 vertical feet in 1.5 miles. Sections are steep, and bumps tend to form at the end of powder days, making that 1.5 miles feel like 15.

Possum, Wisp Resort, Md.: Possum offers roughly 1.5 miles of groomed corduroy for beginners, running a modest 610 feet from the top of the mountain to the base.

Cliffhanger, Wintergreen Resort, Va.: Upper and Lower Cliffhanger combined make for 1.4 miles of steep black and double-black diamond terrain with 1,000 feet of vert. And it’s serviced by a high-speed six chairlift, so lines are scarce.

Sugar Mountain Resort, N.C.: You’ve got to combine a few slopes, but you can ski 1.5 miles from the top of Sugar to the bottom, dropping 1,200 vertical feet along the way. The terrain will move from intermediate to beginner as you descend toward the main lodge.

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