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Cataloochee Ski Area

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Address: 1080 Ski Lodge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8523
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+1 828-926-0285

Cataloochee Ski Area, located high in the mountains of Western North...

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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Par for Southeastern US Ski Areas

Cataloochee has a lot going for it. Price for lift tickets isn't one of them. I have no idea if the ticket is graduated, based on number of slopes open, but it feels priced based... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Ronald F
Elburg, The Netherlands
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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

nestled on top of backside of Buck mountain and easily accessed via county paved road... has several ski slopes available and in warmer temp days, you can still count on the man-made snow to ski on and the lodge is very excellent... well worth the trip and money... and bring your camera

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Who would think you could ski this far south. This was the 2nd time my teenagers went skiing. We did have an instructor which was a HUGE help. The kids thought the instructor here was much more through than the instructor they had in Oben. For their level of skiing it was perfect. Helped their confidence. They didn't want to... More 

Thank Fanof O
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rented a cabin in the area and stayed with some friends. I choose the all day pass and got my moneys worth (ski-ed for 9 hours that day with occasional breaks for food) . As a beginner skier, the slopes seemed very well groomed and the staff were extra friendly. At night, though, I noticed that the slopes were MUCH... More 

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Elburg, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Cataloochee has a lot going for it. Price for lift tickets isn't one of them. I have no idea if the ticket is graduated, based on number of slopes open, but it feels priced based on the fact it is the only game for a few hours. What it does have going for it is convenience, a friendly staff, and... More 

Thank Ronald F
Acworth, Georgia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We had a great day skiing. Always plan ahead by checking the weather first. We went mid week after a mini snow storm. Couldn't have been better timing. They have recently added to lodge and have streamlined equipment rental. Good job. Use their website for pricing, weather and snow reports.

1 Thank james h
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best ski resorts I have even been to, you go cataloochee!! You always work with the customers to get us what we want and we will see you next season!!!

Thank jk2341
United States
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

If you are expecting Vail, Breckinridge, etc. you will be very disappointed. If you are expecting a fun day on minimal slopes/manufactured snow (like I was), you will have a great time. All the employees were very courteous. For skiing in the south, it was a lot of fun. The only negative is the price. The lift ticket is way... More 

2 Thank Europabound
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Obviously the snow quality varies year to year, but for small kids this is a good drivable option. It would probably be better though if you could stay on the mountain as the logistics with small kids is challenging. We always brought grandparents to help watch and transport kids as you sort of need an extra set of hands since... More 

2 Thank Katy L
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We have been going for years and this year we have been twice. Just got back. There were not a lot of trails open and the price was not reduced... which it should have been. There were several grassy spots. I would assume they will have to be closing soon. Remember snow skiing is not something to be taken lightly.... More 

Thank Michelle D
Avondale Estates, Georgia
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is a great place to start your kids out skiing! Had a great experience with the whole place, from the ski instructors to people working in the lodge to food service! very organized and very friendly staff!

1 Thank chris a

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