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Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley
Categories: Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Cataloochee Ski Area is a ski area in the eastern United States in southwestern North Carolina, near Maggie Valley. With eighteen ski slopes and trails, approximately 44% are rated beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced. Its top elevation is 5400ft above sea level, yielding a vertical drop of 740ft. The slopes are accessed by three chairlifts and two carpet lifts.Typical of North Carolina ski areas, Cataloochee relies primarily on snowmaking for its slopes. Cataloochee is known for having one of the longest seasons in the southeast, and in 2008 it opened October 28. The average ski season lasts 125 days.MapsTrail Map.Add Cataloochee Ski Area to your Maggie Valley travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Maggie Valley vacation planner.
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Tive azar de ir num inverno quente, mesmo assim tinha neve artificial e conseguimos nos divertir muito. A equipe é muito bem treinada e educada.I was unlucky to get a warm winter, still had artificial snow and we have a lot of fun. The team is very well trained and polite.show original
This is my first experience skiing, and I enjoyed it! I don't really have the knowledge or experience to compare it to any other ski resorts. The ski lift lines moved just fine, although the bunny hill conveyor belt lift was excruciatingly slow from all the new skiers like me falling on their faces trying to get on. The artificial snow seemed well maintained to me, and I didn't run into any ice. The slopes can be very crowded at peak hours, which makes things a lot more scary. The lodge is a confusing maze trying to get yourself set up to ski. For a first skiing experience, though, I think this was a good choice!
Here is the bottom line. If you ski around the world then don't expect to be necessarily wooed. If you're looking for a place to have some fun in the snow and not expect double black couloirs than this is the place. It's a fairly small resort with basically easy to intermediate runs. And yes, it can get crowded. This is to be expected here in the mid-south where skiing is limited by availability and of course the weather. When it snows expect lines, but have some fun. One last thing, they do make snow every chance they can. They have to due to the sometimes unpredictable weather. Just make sure you have a face mask with you and the proper clothing and you'll be fine. The staff were very friendly during our visit. My only complaint would be the line waits for equipment. If you have skis take them.
This place can get super crowded on weekends, sometimes to the point that they don't even have enough parking and will rope off the entrance preventing more people from going in. The lift lines can also get ridiculously long filled with Atlantans that have never skied before so it's like a giant obstacle course. The snow is mostly man made and the place is tiny if you are coming from the West, but if you are stuck in the south and really want your fix for the white stuff, this may have to do.
Let me just start off by saying that this is obviously not Colorado or even West Virginia. So my 5 star rating is 100% based on my experience as it relates to a NC ski slope. We also were there on a non holiday week day. I can imagine this might be quite a different experience if I had to wait in a 10-15 minute lift line to take a 5 minute ride down the mountain. So keep these things in mind. My two daughters took a one hour ski school lesson that ended up being a private lesson because there was no one else there. The instructor was awesome and they were skiing down the bunny slope very well by the end. Everyone we dealt with there was very friendly and helpful. It takes around 5 minutes to ride the lift to the top and about 5 minutes to ski down from the top. I am an intermediate skier to advanced but hadn't skied in 15 years. I didn't find any of the slopes to be a big challenge but they were all I need at 43 years old. I would imagine if you are in your 20s and want a challenge then this is probably not the place for you. The snow was actually quite good with very little ice because it was 50 and melting. Obviously this was not powder but was way better than skiing on large sheets of ice. We had a blast and if you are looking to take first time skiers or want a quick and inexpensive trip and live in the south like we do then I highly recommend Cataloochee. It was about 3-4 hours from Atlanta up 23. Happy skiing!
We just skied here for 2 days. I recommend it, however, NOT on a holiday weekend (we came MLK) and you have to come in with open mind and know it's not Colorado or one of the major resorts. It is too small for the amount of people that ski it. The line to get gear was over 100 people easy and here is a great tip - get your gear and lift tix at the Cataloochee Ski store in town. You will be able to bypass the entire chaos at the resort. One guy said he was in that line for 2 hours and missed out on time on the mountain. If you get your great in town, you park and hit the mountain. The lift line wait was long....get in the singles line, it moves faster and was still 15-20 minutes. The non-singles line was much longer. All in all, good, but A) get gear in town and B) don't come on a holiday weekend.
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