We just returned from a 5 day visit to Maggie Valley, 3 days spent at Cataloochee Ski. We are a family of 5. We started as novice's on the sloped but within 1hour my 16yr old and husband were hammering down the Black Diamonds. The ski area is small which may not be fun for an experienced skier but for families new to the slope this is a great place to start. We were lucky enough to have fresh snow fall on our arrival, which coming from a beach area made the place appear magical.Obtaining lifts tickets and ski equipment was fast and efficient on the Friday morning ,the staff friendly and informative. The rental skies and snowboards were in excellent condition.I did notice that there were longs lines the next day but this was a holiday weekend. The ski lift attendants took extra time educating my 10 yr old on getting on and off the chairs. It is so family orientated that many children were happily skiing by themselves and both our daughters were perfectly content to take off solo, enjoying meeting all the new people they conversed with on the lifts. We skied from 830am till 2pm each day took a 2hr break then headed back out to the slopes at 5pm as the sun set over the hills. We all loved night skiing, the slopes well lit up and fewer people to contend with. Look forward to returning.
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