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Cataloochee Ski Area

1080 Ski Lodge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8523
+1 828-926-0285
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Quaint Small Great for Beginners

Quaint Small Great for Beginners. Not really large which is why I liked it. Fabulous quaint... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina
via mobile

Beautiful area to see and spend an hour or the whole day !! Ski hike , fish, the area has lots to... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Waynesville, North Carolina
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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 6 July 2017 via mobile

Quaint Small Great for Beginners. Not really large which is why I liked it. Fabulous quaint boutique gift shop. Everything you need for anything you forgot. Beginner all the way to advanced slopes

1  Thank LuvinTravelingLife
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Beautiful area to see and spend an hour or the whole day !! Ski hike , fish, the area has lots to offer and see so make a point to explore this area and in winter its an easy ski trip for whole family and...More

2  Thank hikealltrails
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Love this place and my kids and grandkids love it too skiing for all ages. Beginner to pro. Good atmosphere and warm feeling. Right in Maggie Valley too

Thank sparky223
Reviewed 5 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank wendellmccarty54
Reviewed 31 March 2017

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....More

Thank Fanof O
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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...More

Thank teemoore92
Reviewed 21 March 2017

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...More

Thank Ronald F
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...More

1  Thank james h
Reviewed 15 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
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...More

2  Thank Europabound
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Questions & Answers
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
10 March 2016|
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Response from John T | Reviewed this property |
Check their website for available times and conditions
Connie E
21 February 2016|
Response from CataloocheeSkiArea | Property representative |
We plan on being open through at least March 26. Thanks!