Western NC slopes could start early this season.
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC -- Thanks to Superstorm Sandy, skiing in the North Carolina Mountains is off to a record-breaking start, according to the N.C. Division of Tourism.
This news comes after an usually warm 2011-2012 winter season made skiing difficult.
Sandy brought several inches of natural snow in late October, allowing two ski resorts to open on Halloween, an unprecedented, early date.
The state has six full-service ski areas with 89 slopes for skiers of all skill levels. Slopes range from beginner to Black Diamond. Local resorts also offer freestyle terrain parks, ice skating and tubing.
Two more ski resorts, Beech Mountain and Appalachian Ski Mountain, opened this weekend.
The ski season in North Carolina lasts until late March. The slopes here offer the coldest climates and highest elevations in the South, according to the Division of Tourism.
North Carolina ski season typically lasts until late March.
Overall, the N.C. Ski Areas Association says the state's ski resort industry brings in about $146 million per season.
For more information on the state's ski resorts, check out the N.C. Division of Tourism's website.
Division of Tourism