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Cataloochee Ski Area

Address: 1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, NC
Phone Number: 828-926-0285
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Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Sports
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Owner description: 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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Bonifay, Florida, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Went up last week and enjoyed the day watching the mostly college age kids, but also families and some older folks enjoying a day on the slopes. No, it isn't Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, but it still an asset to this part of North Carolina and provides people the chance to learn to ski, to hone their skills. A great way... More

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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

When winter time comes the best thing to avoid cabin fever is to get out in it! What better way to do that than go learn how to ski or snow board! Cataloochee Ski Area provides the fun learning of both and the best thing of all, it is very affordable compared to other activities.

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We arrived a weekend after one of their earliest openings yet. Only two runs were open, but discounted lift tickets were provided and the lodge has reasonably priced food and drinks. A great trip for those not looking to travel too far.

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Roswell, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I had never been skiing before, and I wanted to try something not to far from home. I live in GA, so it is just a few hours drive. I have been told by many seasoned skiers that this is nothing compared to "out west", and that may be true. However, if you just want to have fun, learn to... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I only have one question would it be possible to blow the snow on the mountain at night when the slopes are not open.I brought three boys out to snowboard and after one run they had enough.I'm sorry to have to say but if I'm going to bring people out in the future I'm going to have to make sure... More

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Clyde, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Getting up and running for the season on November 2nd! That's AMAZING for this part of the world! Great organization run by great, helpful folks!

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Griffin, Georgia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
20 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Well we don't have a lot of choices down here for skiing, but I enjoy coming here, the people are friendly and they do a great job snowmaking. The bar usually has a number of craft beers and the food is pretty good also.

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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is a great ski area even though small. I have skied all over the West, and the snow quality is great here. The lodge needs a Makeover though! There are even healthy food choices in the cafeteria!

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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Cataloochee is a smaller ski resort, but offers enough to challenge most skiers for the day. The lodge is undersized during busy weekends and wait times for lifts can be long. We've been coming here for over 30 years....sure do miss the big fireplace they used to have in the center of the lodge! Food is sufficient although pricey...

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Swannanoa, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We bought season tickets to Cataloochee for the first time this winter. We enjoyed every visit, with staff who got us going with the right gear and and ski patrol that were visible. My youngest took a snowboard lesson and loved his instructor. In later trips to the mountain, the instructor not only remembered him, but encouraged him! We enjoyed... More

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