Alabama? Surely you jest…
Cloudmont Ski Area (that’s correct) is 1,000′ long, 150′ vertical with two pony lifts and plenty of snowmaking. At this point every serious skier kind of chuckles, but when your skis hit that snow and the wind hits your face — in Alabama — you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.
Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort, Mentone; 1-256-634-4344 • 10+ Skiable Acres on 150′ vertical.
Specs: Summit elevation: 1800′; base elevation: 1650′. 2 Pony Lifts. Season: Dec – February. 100% Snowmaking. Trail Mix: 50-50-0.
The SKInny: Yeah, it’s easy. Where else you gonna go? Fact is you can rent a cute “chalet” slopeside a lot cheaper than you might expect. Management limits the body count and delivers a terrific on-slope snow product, thanks to night time cold. They know what they’re doing here.
Birmingham Ski Club Serving Birmingham and the surrounding area, although this club has members around the country. Numerous ski trips and social events, it’s a terrific group. Club founded in 1961.
Huntsville Ski Club Fun bunch that is a year round social and recreational club, with over 350 members participating in skiing and many other activities. Club founded in 1963.
Pleanty of additional skiing in nearby North Carolina.
More info on North Carolina ski websites, SkiNorthCarolina.com. Once you’ve used our state-specific information, this should be your next click if you’re sole interest is NC ski areas.
This site, DC Ski, has quite a few members who frequent the sweet tea ski circuit. Great online community.
Lift Tickets at Discount: This is a “clearinghouse” of sorts that many ski areas use to raise cash by selling discount tickets in advance, called Liftopia. If you haven’t used this service, it is important to knowfor certain that you are going on a specific date. The deeply discounted tickets must be purchased in advance; generally up to two days out. The sticking point is that some ski resorts only make a limited number of tickets available to Liftopia for any given day, so they might be sold out if you wait too long…so, as soon as you are absolutely, positively sure that you will be skiing on a certain day, click this link to get deeply discounted tickets. I’ve used this service many times, but again, ONLY when I am absolutely certain I will be skiing on a specific date. You need to have access to a printer to print out your receipt, and you have to take identification with you to the mountain. I’ve knocked a third off the price of some tickets. Not every area participates, but it’s well worth checking if you’ve got a date nailed down. Note that sometimes they offer deals in which you can pay a slightly higher fee that gives you the option to change dates.