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“Had a blast at the Cat!”

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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Dunedin, Florida
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“Had a blast at the Cat!”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

I took the family(my wife and 9y/o nephew) skiing for the first time this winter break. We picked Cataloochee Ski area base on its close proximity to Florida, guarantee of snow, and great reviews on trip advisor. We purchased a "slide and stay" package thru Twin Brooks Resort and Cabins. The staff at Twin Brooks did a real nice job of packaging our ski info together(lift tickets, rental receipts, trail map, ski school assignment, etc) and making it very easy to get out of the lodge and on the slopes.

In the lodge: The scene was chaotic because it was Winter Break and the lodge was very crowded. The staff behind the rental counter and the snack bar seemed to take it in stride. They were very friendly and helpful.

In the beginners group ski school: Agan the scene was chaotic but the staff was very friendly and helpful.

On the slopes: The view from the top of the mountain was beautiful. The runs were varied and interesting. Some were challenging. The snow, being man made, was a little icy, but that had a lot to do with the fact that it was a little warm during the day. We learned that the best snow conditions were from 9am to noon. The snow was still "powdery". After noon the snow bacame packed from all the skiiers/boarders and this is when it became icy and slick. The lines for the lifts were shortest after 3pm. Night skiing was Awesome!

Visited January 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Let it snow”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

close to Atlanta and fun, we will be back we like snow, wish they had more runs open but loads of fun

Visited January 2013
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Madison, MS
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“Southern Snow Skiing”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Cataloochee is the closest ski area to our southern home. When the temperature dipped down, the snow cannons came on and started making snow. The new snow made for easy skiing. As the day warmed, the snow turned more and more to ice and the falls were a little harder. On busy days, they switch from group lessons to station lessons. The instructors are all very nice, however it is hard to get the instruction you need with station training. This is a great place to go to experience skiing inexpensively.

Visited January 2013
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Columbia, Missouri
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“Fun place”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

I went there with several friends, it was very fun. Not much slopes where open, but still it was an ok place to ski. The people are very friendly, it is not as expensive as other ski places I have been before. I started of snowboarding and then went and changed to skis with no problem or extra charge. The staff is nice and the cafeteria is very nice. One of my friends didn't ski so she just stayed in the cafeteria where there was a bar and free wifi. I think it is a fun place to bring a family of starters, slopes are pretty easy to ski.

Visited December 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Friendly Staff”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

Took my kids skiing for the first time. They had a blast. We found EVERY staff member to be friendly and helpful. A very pleasant experience.

Visited January 2013
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