Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley

3.5
#1 of 9 in Winter Sports in North Carolina
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  • While not a very big ski area, it was still enjoyable- found that the trails down the slope were nice. some were very narrow and needed caution. did get crowded, and one needs to be aware of surroundi...  more »
  • Overall, we enjoyed our day at Cataloochee but here are a few things I will share to help others have a better experience. First, rent ALL equipment from a local place like Maggie Valley Ski's and Tee...  more »
  • It snowed the night before so good for natural snow and skiing, but not as good for getting up the mountain to ski. It got a little scary ( for me) going up, but we made it. The parking lot attendant ...  more »
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  • Go in with certain expectations and you'll have a great time. This isn't a west coast resort. Small lodge, small mountain, young staff. But great place to learn to ski or just get away for a quick weekend.
  • Very disorganized service. Long lines to buy tickets and rent equipment. Our children were enrolled in the kids club. Ski Instructors were very young (15 years old) and inexperienced. At one point, in the day, my husband and I were watching the class and the instructor descended the slope leaving my 6 year old behind and alone. Had to help him down to get to his class. When we complained at the management, we were told there were too many children enrolled and they were overwhelmed. Like that was an excuse. Besides this experience, and generally speaking, it was my children's first time skiing and our family enjoyed the area. There are a few slopes for different abilities so everyone can have fun.
  • Used to have bad impression about this ski area, but my visit this year changed my mind a little. When you got the right weather and cold, it is a great place to spend a day or two. During my previous visits, both my friend and I got injuries due to the icy slope with thin snow. But this year, since the winter is cold, the snow condition gets much better. I think they should improve the spot where you get off the lift. They are really bumpy and lots of people fall or be scared of them. The cafeteria and locker areas are quite crowded and probably need more maintenance and renovation.
  • Great place to take the family skiing! I taught our 4 boys how to ski here and they have been skiing as far as Utah and still this place is there favorite! Our youngest son is 6 and he started skiing here at age 3! We love this place!
  • Very close to Asheville and easy to get to. Snow was good. Staff were friendly and helpful. For East coast /south, not bad for a day trip or a couple days a year.

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