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“Fun Local Mountain! Great times to be had!”

Cataloochee Ski Area
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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 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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Michigan Center, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fun Local Mountain! Great times to be had!”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

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!

Visited January 2012
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English first
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83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Local Snowboarding”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Unfortunately the weather did not offer a lot of great snowboarding this year....but we did purchse season tickets for next year...a great family place

Visited January 2012
Thank Francine C
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Roxboro, North Carolina
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167 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good place to stay and good food”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

The cabin was nice and the area was very pleasant to be at. The food was just as advertised.

Visited September 2011
Thank BenS629
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Charleston, South Carolina
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61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great family ski area”
Reviewed April 30, 2012

We are season pass holders and love this mountain. Our kids learned to ski here. It is a nice, family run ski area with a great staff. There are runs for all abilities here. Close to Asheville and Atlanta.

Visited February 2012
Thank kiawah
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Cherokee, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“if you don't ski or snowboard, sit at the bar”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Been there a long long time. Friendly workers. I took my kids when they were young and they still go. They've survived bad seasons when not much snow and are still there. Beginner to Advanced slopes.

Thank Jeanne B
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