Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley

3.5
#1 of 9 in Winter Sports in North Carolina
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 we offer the HEAD Kids Adventure Center with ski and snowboard programs for kids ages 4-12. With our 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 ¾ hours from the Gatlinburg, 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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Cataloochee Ski Area Reviews
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  • This was our third ski trip to Cataloochee and we enjoyed the slopes! It’s a good destination for beginners or intermittent skiers as the slopes are not very steep and the whole area is easily navigat...  more »
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  • 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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