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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Katy L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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!

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Cumming, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Let's be realistic here. In less than 3 hours from Atlanta, you can come get a quick ski fix. Those looking for a luxurious ski vacation need not apply. Those looking to strap on some skis or a snowboard for the day, come on. Here's a pro tip...rent your gear and purchase lift tickets from the Cataloochee ski store on... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If not for the seeming ubiquitous Ski Patrol personnel all over the mountain, I would have given Cataloochee one star. Let me start off with the cost. I spent nearly $250 for me and my two young children to ski. (I brought my own gear). This would be par for the course at a swanky Colorado resort. Unfortunately, Cataloochee fails... More 

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Athens, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took my son snowboarding. He had a blast. The lodge is uncomfortable, crowded and smelly. The food is mediocre and expensive (but that's expected from any "resort") I recommend renting your equipment in Maggie Valley and bringing it up with you. Much less hassle that way. Everyone was friendly and helpful. My son took a bad tumble and ski patrol... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

It took us about 2 hours to buy lift tickets in one line, rent boots in another line and then go outside to another building to rent skis. The conditions were not good because it was warm but we had fun and the lines at the chairlifts moved quickly.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

It's a okay place! DO NOT Expect a great service or great tracks. food super expensive and not to much options , $7 (3 chicken tenders, no French fries included) $8burger and pizza always FF pay extra and pay for drinks as well. Not powder ! Otherwise I have fun!

Thank Axel B
Myrtle Beach
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

This is one of the better NC ski resorts I've visited. Staff was friendly and for most of the day, great snow with one exception. The Lower Omigosh blue trail had ice everywhere. It appeared one person even got hurt. It's a shame because it was a blue run I could ski and also due to drought, fewer than normal... More 

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