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Cataloochee Ski Area

1080 Ski Lodge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8523
+1 828-926-0285
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First experience skiing and last ever in Maggie Valley

We found the locals at the base to be wonderful, kind, friendly people. (Great restaurants and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jennshaffer1
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Palm Bay, Florida
best roads as far as traveling

Very pretty not as big as Beech Mountain or App. Ski Mt. But very beautiful. The roads were nicer... read more

Reviewed March 26, 2018
Misty M
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Branford, Florida
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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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1080 Ski Lodge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8523
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the locals at the base to be wonderful, kind, friendly people. (Great restaurants and service.) Then we went to the mountain to ski....... eeeks! Do not recommend to anyone. Terrible experience with crabby employees who provided advice that we did not need helmets...More

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Reviewed March 26, 2018

Very pretty not as big as Beech Mountain or App. Ski Mt. But very beautiful. The roads were nicer and not as touristy as the other in the area.

1  Thank Misty M
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Reviewed March 17, 2018

My family has been to the Cataloochee Ski Area and has had positive experiences. We decided to take a trip there over the President's Day weekend. We were extremely disappointed. They had completely oversold the lift tickets. My family had to wait for 45 minutes...More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

I went into this trip with low expectations because of my previous ski travels which have included numerous trips to Park City, Utah, as well as skiing in Whistler and Lake Tahoe where the skiing is superb and the resort staff are very knowledgeable and...More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Cataloochee Ski Area is a nice, family-friendly ski area that is in close proximity to several major cities, including Atlanta. The drive to Cataloochee from Atlanta is fantastic - great roads with little/no traffic, and beautiful scenery. Cataloochee makes it easy for first-timers - the...More

2  Thank Justgoandhavefun
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Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

It was our first time skiing. Lessons a must. Great instructor. The lines were ridiculous. All day. Hours in each line to get equipment. Management needs to get it together.

1  Thank Amber S
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Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

We took a group to this ski area Presidents’ Day weekend which turns out to be the busiest weekend of the year for all slopes. It was way to crowded. I never skied the green hill because the lift line was way too long. It...More

Thank Carl E
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

I'd like to start by saying that if you go here (a popular ski area) during peak season OBVIOUSLY there are going to be long waits. Just like Disney. That's hows things work. We were smart enough to go when it wasn't peak season and...More

2  Thank Ashley N
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Reviewed February 4, 2018

While not a very big ski area, it was still enjoyable- found that the trails down the slope were nice. some were very narrow and needed caution. did get crowded, and one needs to be aware of surroundings- lest they get run over by snow...More

Thank jlantern3
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Reviewed February 4, 2018

Overall, we enjoyed our day at Cataloochee but here are a few things I will share to help others have a better experience. First, rent ALL equipment from a local place like Maggie Valley Ski's and Tees. It was beyond unorganized the morning we went...More

4  Thank beckaroo8
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Alex B
January 27, 2018|
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Response from jennifer8242016 | Reviewed this property |
I myself did not see any. You can give them a call. (828) 926-0285. The lady in the customer service and answers the phone is darling. I am sure she will answer this question for you.
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Vicki V
January 23, 2018|
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Response from Marcia S | Reviewed this property |
Wear what you are planning to ski in & carry a backpack so you can put gloves, hat, water bottle, snacks, goggles in it. There are lockers but I leave most non essential stuff, like a purse, in my car. Just carry credit... More
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January 8, 2018|
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Response from Kim T | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the A Holiday Motel that is off the main strip close to the road for Cataloochee. Older motel that has been remodeled, very clean and warm, but no hot tub on site.
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