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Address: 1080 Ski Lodge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8523
Phone Number: +1 828-926-0285

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 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 offer our HEAD Kids Adventure Center with ski and snowboard programs for kids ages 4-12 and a variety of terrain for beginners to experts alike. With our new 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 3/4 hours from the 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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This ski area is better than larger ski areas in North Carolina. It has slopes for a variety of skill levels and they really have snow making down to an art. That said I would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This ski area is better than larger ski areas in North Carolina. It has slopes for a variety of skill levels and they really have snow making down to an art. That said I would not ski anywhere in the southeast during a weekend as there are too many people on the slopes and too many of those who don't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While located in western NC, because of its altitude, Cataloochee gets snow and temperatures cold enough to support ski runs. The Lodge is comfortable and affordes a full view of the runs. Good equipment rental and instruction too!

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In western NC, the Cataloochee Ski area is one of the southernmost locations to experience winter activities and is convenient to the Maggie Valley amenities

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

What a totally relaxing location. The road up and grounds are well maintained. Breathtaking views of the valley. Cataloochee Ranch Lodge is fantastic. The staff was extremely friendly. The food is home cooked. Don't leave without a slice of pie and coffee. Beer and wine available. No need for blood pressure medication here. Just take in the sites and breathe... More 

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Ocean View, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

This was off season on the first day of Fall and we drove up to watch and take photos of the sunset which was beautiful. We also had the treat of watching at least 25 horses run across a ridge headed back to the ranch.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

I go to Cat Mountain every year. Partly due to the quality of the Ski area and partly due to the convenience. The lodge is nothing to write home about, the food is even less but remember why you came here. The skiing is pretty good, the runs are very fun but all are on the short end of the... More 

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

Surprisingly good for the South. Pretty good variety of slopes. My only complaint would be that the lift (to the top) seems to spend more time stopped than moving. I get that people fall near the lift, trouble getting on or off, safety, blah blah... it's just stopped WAY TOO OFTEN and for WAY TOO LONG lots of times when... More 

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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Cataloochee is a great ski destination in this area. I think a bit pricey but the slopes are nice and the place is always clean. Great staff that are friendly and willing to help.

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Clyde, North Carolina, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Cataloochee is an icy patch of ground barely worthy of visiting. If you happen to be in the area for another attraction, it may be worth a few hours just to get on the slopes, but I would not recommend piling the kids in for hours of driving for this place. I worked there for several years off and on,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2016

Some people turn there noses up at Cataloochee. It cannot be compared to the slopes in W. VA or out West. However, if you are from the SE and you want to teach your kids or your boyfriend to ski without driving or flying hours and spending lots of money, this is a great little place! They offer everything you... More 

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