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!
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