There are four distinct seasons in Banner Elk. Summer temperatures range from the high 50’s to the upper 70’s, with clear sunny skies. Fall foliage produces a world-renowned spectacle of brilliant colors, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Winter, with temperatures from the high 40’s to lows 20’s, offers the best ski options east of the Mississippi. Spring heralds the arrival of the area’s famous flora and fauna. Rhododendron, mountain laurel, flame azalea, and wild flowers are abundant. Bear, deer, and other wildlife inhabit the forests that surround Banner Elk.