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Cataloochee Ski Area

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The Ski Resort

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 new HEAD Kids Adventure Center with ski and snowboard programs for kids ages 4-12 and a variety of terrain for beginners to experts alike. 

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 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.



Interesting facts

  • Elevated between 4659 ft and 5400 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 3 highest elevated Ski Resorts in North Carolina. The vertical drop from summit to base is 741 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in the USA is 1227 ft.
  • Cataloochee Ski Area features 80 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in the USA is 54 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 21 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 1 sunniest in North Carolina.

Snow Safety & Snowmaking

Snowmaking Share


Nightskiing possible
Lighted runs: km


Opening Day 2015 16

Getting here

Cataloochee is located only 35 miles west of Asheville, 3 hours north of Atlanta, 1 ¾ 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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last update on Feb 10, 2023
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Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski lodge Road
NC 28751
Maggie Valley


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Mountain Stats

Elevation4659 ft - 5400 ft
SeasonNovember - April
Opening DayNov 20, 2022
Closing DayApr 2, 2023
Capacity 4300 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Total 5

Skiable Terrain

49 acres
Green Circle
Blue Squared
Black Diamond
Double Diamond
Overall Slope Area 49 acres
Number of Slopes 18

Weather (5400 ft)

Open Lifts & Trails


1 day adult $86
1 day child $70
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