Winter Youth Retreats at Lake Junaluska

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Winter Youth Retreats


The Winter Youth Retreats are an opportunity for adventure, spiritual growth and worship in the mountains of Western North Carolina! While energized worship with great bands is built into every program weekend, groups now have more freedom in choosing their recreational activities. You can ski or do a mission project during your time at Lake Junaluska. 

Lake Junaluska has received commitments of $1.5 million in charitable gifts for the revitalization of youth ministry. Gifts have funded upgrades to youth and young adult lodging facilities and Shackford Hall, and more renovations are planned. Learn more here.

Winter Youth Retreats Program Weekends

Save the Date

Save the date for the Winter Youth Retreat program weekends in 2019-2020. Speaker and band lineup coming soon!

  • Saturday, December 29 – Tuesday, January 1 (New Year’s Weekend)
  • Friday, January 17 – Monday, January 20  (Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend)
  • Friday January 24 – Sunday, January 26
  • Friday January 31 – Sunday February 2
  • Friday February 7 – Sunday, February 9
  • Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17 (Presidents Day Weekend)

Winter Youth Retreat Package

Packages will include lodging, worship, t-shirts, an activity of your choice (ski or mission work) and breakfast on first full day through breakfast on day of departure. Groups will be assigned lodging based on availability. Primary facilities for youth weekends include the Lake Junaluska Apartments, the Hillside LodgeThe Terrace and Mountainview. Additional lodging nights and activity days (Biltmore, Zipline) can be added to your package.

Activity Options

Worship and participate in fellowship at the Winter Youth Retreats! Lake Junaluska offers incredible winter programming through engaging speakers and worship bands, while your group can choose to SKI or do MISSION WORK as your extracurricular activity.  

Ski at Cataloochee or Wolf Ridge during the Winter Youth Retreats at Lake Junaluska


There are several things you can count on when you bring a group to Cataloochee. Small town hospitality, a helping hand at every stage of your visit, excellent facilities, and of course, great skiing and snowboarding. Lake Junaluska is proud to partner with Cataloochee for our winter ski weekends. Snowboarding is available at no additional cost. SEE THE SNOW REPORT


Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and conveniently located just 5 miles off I-26, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort has tremendous offerings for the ski and snowboard enthusiast. Whether you are a beginner or expert, long-time regular or first-time visitor, you are certain to find exactly what you are looking for at North Carolina's premier snow sport facility!

Ski Only packages are also available throughout the winter season.

Do a mission project during the Winter Youth Retreats at Lake Junaluska


We help your youth group live out its faith by coordinating 2 to 4 hours of mission work with a local agency. Your group will be assigned to one or more of the following based on need and availability: thrift store, food pantry, community kitchen, nursing home, chopping wood, painting, yard work. We will send you your mission work assignment 2-3 weeks before your arrival date. Paired with indoor swimming in a local pool, this option combines service with fun. Space is limited. 


There are many ways to explore your faith and have fun with your youth group. A trip to Biltmore Estate or a ziplining adventure can easily be added to your Winter Youth Retreats experience. Alternatively, you can arrange your own itinerary with our options for Area Attractions (pdf). Please call 800-222-4930 to inquire about these options.


Wilson Booth, Youth Ministry Specialist