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Cataloochee Ski Area

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Address: 1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, NC
Phone Number: 828-926-0285
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Description: 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 17 lighted slopes including the Cat Cage Terrain Park, 3 aerial lifts and 3 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, a Children’s Learning Center featuring our Cat Trackers program for kids ages 4-12 and a variety of terrain for beginners to experts alike.
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Snowboarding in North Carolina

Just like so many other Floridians, we traveled up to the Maggie Valley area of North Carolina during Christmas for a getaway and while visiting we decided to learn how to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Jacksonville, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Took a drive up and the views were gorgeous ...ranch with horses worth the trip up the road. Had time to kill before our next stop and glad we took the drive up.

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Oviedo, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Just like so many other Floridians, we traveled up to the Maggie Valley area of North Carolina during Christmas for a getaway and while visiting we decided to learn how to snowboard. While the snow conditions may not be the same in NC as it is up north or out west, this resort was more than enough to quench our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We live three hours from Cataloochee and have been quite pleased with this ski resort. Our children have had the time of their lives and find it more and more fun the more we go. The weekends tend to get a little crazy with lots of people, but they manage the lines well and there are many slopes. I tend... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We went to this resort over Christmas break 2014. When we went, only like 5 slopes were opened and they had fake snow. It was my first time skiing in over 10 years. The prices are cheap, the food was a little on the pricey side. The food area looks kind of like an old skating rink/bowling alley. It is... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We had 1 experienced skier and 2 beginner skiers. We had the greatest ski instructors, I wish I can remember all their names, maybe Tom. The weather conditions were perfect and we had actual powdery snow. All of the staff was friendly and the rental equipment was good quality. 1 day we also had a really good lunch there, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

To our amazement, the ski resort was open even though it was going to reach the mid 70's during our stay!! We traveled from FL seeking a skiing/snowboarding experience. We found it with Cataloochee. During the cold days of snow, they obviously took advantage of making snow when they could. I can officially say, that I had never snowboarded in... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It is not the fanciest place but we love it. They have two bunny slope areas for people like me who are scared and then they tons of more advanced slopes for people like my husband and son.

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Margate, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

haven't skied since 2008, was just fine for us. The slopes are ok and during the week it's not too crowded

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Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I took my 12 year old son and girlfriend. Neither have skied before. The slopes were almost too crowded but it was manageable. We had a great time and the staff was friendly and helpful.

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north ga
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Don't visit here during the winter weekend or you will be disappointed with the skiing. It's SO CROWDED on weekends. The slopes are ok for the east coast but if you can, drive another hour north to Wolf Ridge to ski. More runs and nicer slopes. I will say the staff at CAT are very sweet but we won't ski... More 

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