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Cataloochee Ski Area

1080 Ski Lodge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8523
+1 828-926-0285
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Nice little ski mountain

Went on the day after MLK and the place was pretty slow, which was great for us. They have 3 real... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina
Family Fun

We made an unexpected stop at Cataloochee Ski resort driving home from Tennessee. First I would... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2015
Kellie B
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Cataloochee Ski Area, located high in the mountains of Western North Carolina is the home of "Great Skiing in the Great Smokies!" One of the first areas in the region to open each season, Cataloochee is committed to making your skiing and snowboarding experience the best it can be by utilizing one the most advanced snowmaking systems in the Southeast. With 100% snowmaking on 18 slopes and trails including the Cat Cage Terrain Park, 3 aerial lifts and 2 moving carpet lifts, and over 4,000 sets of snowsports equipment, the Cataloochee experience offers something everyone. We feature a PSIA and AASI member Ski and Snowboard School with instruction for all ages and abilities, and offer our HEAD Kids Adventure Center with ski and snowboard programs for kids ages 4-12 and a variety of terrain for beginners to experts alike. With our new Terrain-Based Learning programs, you will learn quicker and easier than ever before. Group and corporate meeting space is available. In the lodge, a fireplace and cozy atmosphere await you along with our on-mountain restaurant offering three ala carte meals daily and a lounge with full ABC permits. Round out your day on the mountain with a visit to The Shop at Cataloochee, featuring signature gifts and apparel. Down the hill in Maggie Valley, we offer Tube World, a snowtubing hill with up to 12 lanes of tubing fun! Cataloochee Ski and Sports, our rental and clothing shop in Maggie Valley allows you to rent your ski or snowboard equipment at a discounted rate, purchase your lift ticket and get everything you need for a day on the slopes. Bib, jacket and helmet rentals are also available at the shop as well. Best of all, you can pick up everything you need the night before and be ready to go straight to the snow on the day you plan to ski or snowboard with no waiting! The sports shop sells goggles, gloves, hats, sunglasses and other accessories to complete your visit. Cataloochee is located only 35 miles west of Asheville, 3 hours north of Atlanta, 1 3/4 hours from the Greenville/Spartanburg and Knoxville areas with easy four lane access from each and offers great midweek packages including our Drive, Slide and Stay and Kids Ski and Stay FREE programs making economical winter fun closer than you think!
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1080 Ski Lodge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8523
+1 828-926-0285
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Reviewed 21 January 2015

Went on the day after MLK and the place was pretty slow, which was great for us. They have 3 real lifts (2 doubles and 1 quad). The runs are well groomed and were fun to ride down. Much better than Sugar, Beech or Ober...More

Thank DrBiagio1784
Reviewed 20 January 2015 via mobile

We made an unexpected stop at Cataloochee Ski resort driving home from Tennessee. First I would like to say the road leading up to the ski resort is steep! I didn't think my Nissan Murano was going to make it up but if those huge...More

1  Thank Kellie B
Reviewed 18 January 2015 via mobile

For beginner skiers/snowboarders age 6-10, the half day package is great introduction. The age goes up to 12, and if you have a moody tween then being grouped with the "little kids" may cause a minor standoff at drop off. The instructors are positive and...More

3  Thank Hootennanny
Reviewed 14 January 2015

Cataloochee is in my back yard and this is the first year that with have attended the afterschool program for snowboarding. Awesome program and great instructors.

Thank Dana S
Reviewed 11 January 2015

We came back to Cataloochee this year after a half day of skiing and my son's first ski lesson in December 2013. We skied for 2 8 hour days this year. I am not an expert, only 8 days of skiing in 34 years, but...More

1  Thank AdventureAuthority
Reviewed 10 January 2015 via mobile

Went on New Years day and found some good imfo. First, skiing was very good early but got a bit mushy and thick as day went along. Yes...they had a snow cannon shooting right at the lift riders just before you got off it on...More

Thank Ed E
Reviewed 8 January 2015

My daughter attend the 1/2 day kids program and didn't want to leave when it was over. She had a blast while learning to snow board. We also went snow tubing one afternoon during our vacation. The employees seemed to really enjoy their job, they...More

Thank vbfloridafamily
Reviewed 7 January 2015

New Years day was my second time to Cataloochee. I am a beginner skier and have never been 'out west' but a newborn could tell you this place is badly organized. They were dealing with crowds, badly, by not placing enough staff at lifts, not...More

Thank jdhammer
Reviewed 6 January 2015

It was good it got to crowded and the lines for the lifts were really slow, there were no control whatsoever in the lines so some people were doing what ever they wanted. Other than that it was fun the kids really enjoyed it and...More

Thank Alex C
Reviewed 5 January 2015

First things first, if you are accustomed to Vail, this is not going to meet your expectations. We had a wonderful time skiing but we are not expert skiers and wanted our kids to have an easy first time ski experience. We were there during...More

2  Thank GeorgiaFreqtrav
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11 January 2017|
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Response from Asterios G | Reviewed this property |
Dear Jaymisef To answer your first question, I believe that if you care to snowboard than no exchange or credit will be given for any other equipment. I would also believe that all sales are final. Regarding your second... More
Ashok K
9 March 2016|
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Response from John T | Reviewed this property |
Check their website for available times and conditions
Connie E
20 February 2016|
Response from CataloocheeSkiArea | Property representative |
We plan on being open through at least March 26. Thanks!