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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?

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That depends on your definition of a "mountain". If you're used to skiing in the Alps, then Appalachia will feel like small hills at best! –  ESultanik Sep 28 '11 at 12:54
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There don't appear to be any ski hills in Georgia, however, there are a handfull within a ~4 hour drive of Atlanta. I've never been to any of them, though.

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That website is very handy, thanks for the pointer! Looks like Cloudmont in Alabama is only 2.5 hours drive away. Heading north, Scaly Mountain in NC is 2.5 hours drive, and then there's several more past there! –  Gagravarr Sep 29 '11 at 13:43
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Keep in mind that not all locations allow for skiing (even if they have skiing in their name). For example, Scaly Mountain appears to only have snow tubing. Also, both of the places you mention aren't really "mountains"; they only have a ~200 foot vertical drop, which is very short for skiing. –  ESultanik Sep 29 '11 at 16:44
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