A friend (not yet on Travel.SE...) has recently moved out to Atlanta, Georgia, and was disappointed to discover quite how far it is from Atlanta to the big-name US ski resorts. (The perils of coming from the UK!)
However, Atlanta is fairly close to the start of the Appalachian mountains, and I believe that there may be some skiing somewhere amongst them!
What I don't know is if any of them are close enough that you could (say) leave work on a Friday, drive, and reach them in an evening. The question therefore is: are there any ski resorts that can be driven to from Atlanta in under 6 hours? Or is my friend's only option going to be to make a long weekend of it, and have to drive a lot further?