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Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley
(3.5/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • What a totally relaxing location. The road up and grounds are well maintained. Breathtaking views of the valley. Cataloochee Ranch Lodge is fantastic. The staff was extremely friendly. The food is hom...  more »
  • This was off season on the first day of Fall and we drove up to watch and take photos of the sunset which was beautiful. We also had the treat of watching at least 25 horses run across a ridge headed ...  more »
  • I go to Cat Mountain every year. Partly due to the quality of the Ski area and partly due to the convenience. The lodge is nothing to write home about, the food is even less but remember why you came ...  more »
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  • I have been coming here on the weekends for 7 years now. It's not necessarily the best ski resort as much as it is convenient. The staff are friendly and helpful. The lodge has a fair amount of space to come in and warm up. The slopes definitely get worn down as the day progresses. I recommend going early if you want a nice smooth slope, if you go at night then expect a very bumpy ride.
  • Great and friendly staff, I always have fun coming to my local ski area. The prices are kind of high for food but the skiing if pretty good and there can be some ice most of the time. But overall good experiences.
  • Waited a long time to get passes and gear because of a school holiday. Only a few slopes to choose from, it's a pretty small place.
  • 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!
  • 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!