Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley

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Ski Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Cataloochee Ski Area is a ski area in the eastern United States in southwestern North Carolina, near Maggie Valley. With eighteen ski slopes and trails, approximately 44% are rated beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced. Its top elevation is 5,400 feet (1,646 m) above sea level, yielding a vertical drop of 740 feet (226 m). The slopes are accessed by three chairlifts and two carpet lifts.

Typical of North Carolina ski areas, Cataloochee relies primarily on snowmaking for its slopes. Cataloochee is known for having one of the longest seasons in the southeast, and in 2008 it opened October 28. The average ski season lasts 125 days.

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  • I recently visited this place as beginner/intermediate. I fell in love with place. Was great for learning blues also had advanced run blacks that were terrifying but good place to grow for future...  more »
  • Great place to take a beginner. They also have more challenging runs for the more advanced skier too. I've taken my son here twice now and we've enjoyed it. Only negative thing is the food on the mountain isn't that great so you may consider packing a lunch. I'd recommend this ski resort to anyone.
  • If you live in East TN like me this is one of the few places you can go too. I went for the first time back in march. It was a warm day so there was stuff not open but I am a beginner so it didn't bother me. The staff was friendly and the mountain and lodge was clean. I have my own board but the guy I went with rented and he seemed to be pleased with the gear he rented. For me this is nice because it's close to home and better then the resort that's located in my area. Overall the price for the mountain isn't bad and for me it's definatly worth going to. Well definitely be going back.

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