First off, when you come here, don't expect the same kind of accommodations as you would if you were at a famous ski resort in Colorado or Utah. This is a small mountain with only about 15 trails. They do range from beginner to advanced and have green runs to black diamond runs. Although, having skiied out west, I can tell you that a black run here in the east is not like a black diamond run in the west or pacific northwest. This is clearly a place designed to accommodate families but can easily be enjoyed by all, if you know what to expect. The lodge could maybe use a few renovations, but like I said, it's a small hill that obviously doesn't get the kind of business a huge ski resort would get and therefore, they don't have a huge, state-of-the-art, fancy lodge. Their ski school program was great. My son got snowboarding instruction and said he had a blast and that his snowboard instructor was a really nice guy and very helpful. Our younger kids went to their Cat Trackers all-day skiing program, which they also greatly enjoyed! That left the adults able to hit the slopes as much as we wanted. There were a couple downsides to our visits though. For starters, for how few trails they have and for how mediocre the rental equipment is, they are a little pricey but the fact that their session hours are so long makes it acceptable. Also, even though we can understand that it's not their fault, considering this past winter was so mild, I wish they didn't blow snow on us so much. I understand it's neccessary to keep the hill open, but it would have been much better if we didn't have snow in our eyes the whole time. Also, beware of the holidays weeks/weekends! If you don't want to wait hours to hit the slopes, either get their right when they open bright and early, or don't go the week after Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend or President's Day weekend. The lines are ridiculously long and it will take you at least 2 hours to get through the ticket line and the lines to get your rental gear, which will cut into your session time. I really wish they would sell at least a limited amount of advanced tickets online. That would make so much sense, but for some reason they don't. That would be one thing that I would change. Otherwise, overall, my family and I had a fantastic time at Cataloochee and if you know what to expect and plan your trip wisely, I guarantee that you will have an awesome time, too!
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