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“Close to Atlanta, but very crowdy” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cataloochee Ski Area

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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“Close to Atlanta, but very crowdy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We had a family experience for first time skiing. The place is in a good location, close to Atlanta ( 3 hours drive). On the first day we got some lessons and the instructors were awesome. They got our kids skiing easy slopes in 1 hour - amazing. The second had butifull weather which brought a lot of people to the area. We spent 1 hour standing in line to get ski pass and equipment. The most horrible experience was standing over 20 minutes in lift line. It was not actual line, people were coming from all direction and nobody was trying to set some order in it.

1 Thank Brybakov
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Close place to ATL to ski”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

I was semi-impressed. The staff is friendly, the crowds not too, too bad. We went THANKSGIVING weekend and there was only manmade snow. Only the bottom third of the resort was operational. There is a definite rate difference between "weekend rate" (which I think includes friday), holiday rate and regular rate. We brought our own equipment and paid about $50 person off wknd/ holiday. Might want to call ahead or research on-line to what is what. Parking is free, and we didn't have difficulties - but I imagine when snow first hits getting up the 2 miles of hills to the resort and finding a decent parking space may be a chore.

The best part was the fact that for the most part, we skied with no more than 1 min. of wait for the chairlift at the bottom = 15 runs an hour? Nice! The is an acceptable eating area. The dressing area, lockers and bathroom are are fine. They are nice enough to provide poles (free to use and put back) to everyone in need of all sizes.

The worst part is they seem not to enthusiastic about the condition of the slopes. I've ever seen so many orange markers/poles warning of grassy/ mud areas. They actually did not blow snow for 3 consecutive days (except on the areas they were planning to open in a few days higher up), resulting in even worse conditions when we paid weekend rate! On the bunny slope there was only a 4 ft section one could ski through in order not to hit a 2 ft line stretching cross the run of grass. This meant all the novice/beginner snowboarders were all laying down and bottlenecking the run. The only other run was 2/3 mile of intermediate run full of mud and grass patches. Hmmmm. It sure would have been nice for them to blow some snow over night on the sections that really needed it - where the skiers were actively skiing!!! (and is reason for the average star rating) Another danger - no fences! So if you happened to ski out of bounds there actually were cliffs and large trees waiting for you. Me thinks helmet wear is a must, especially on the >beginner slope. Recommend placing your ski lift tag/ticket someplace very convenient for them to "scan" as they will each and every time you ride the lift up (outside pocket or zipper). (and is reason for 3 stars instead of 4)

It's sad ski valley GA closed a while ago, as it was the only ski resort in GA and 1hr 45min away...the Ski resort is 3 hr from North Atlanta and 25 minutes from Cherokee Resort, Harrah's casino. the is a breakfast location open on the weekends named JOEYS in nearby Maggie Valley on Soco Rd I highly recommend (though can be crowded, so come early!) Hope all this helps!

Visited November 2012
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“Lots of options”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

There are a number of different slopes to keep you entertained, including one that goes straight off the mountain! Nice facilities with locker rooms, cafe area, and plenty of space- just not a ton of parking.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
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“Great Family Ski Resort & 'Women on Wednesday' Program”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is a great resort for the family and the beginner. They have 2 learner slopes and a beginner slope. And they offer a free 1 hr beginner lesson(sometimes). There are also intermediate and advanced slopes with a great view from the top of the mountain. They have snow making and do a wonderful job of keeping snow on the slopes and groomed. They could use a little extra room in the rental area or better layout for lines. It gets real crowded when busy like most resorts but the lines do move faster that other places I have been. The cafe & bar upstairs are roomy with an enclosed porch overlooking the slopes - great atmosphere.
I have been going to the WOMEN ON WEDNESDAY ski program for 3 years. I love it!!! It is a 6 week program for $125 -includes a Lift ticket(9-4:30) and a 2 hour lesson for your level each week (or $175 with rentals) The lessons range from 'how to put on your boots and skis' up to advanced skiers and everyone in between. They also have snowboarder lessons. The women have lunch together and then ski the slopes for fun in the afternoon. It's a great deal if you can away to the mountains on Wednesdays!!!
Think SNOW SNOW SNOW and have a great ski season!!!

Visited January 2012
1 Thank Becky E
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Columbus, Georgia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

This is worth the drive up the hill..even if you are not staying at one of the cabins the views are lovely.

Visited October 2011
2 Thank LRenae
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