Cataloochee Ski Area

Cataloochee Ski Area, North Carolina’s First Ski Area, is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, and just south of the beautiful Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Maggie Valley is surrounded by mountain ranges in all directions and has some of the highest elevations in the lower Appalachian’s. Although they are one of North Carolina’s southernmost ski areas, they offer snow making on 100% of their 16 lighted slopes, making it some of the best skiing/snowboarding in the Southeast for the last 50+ years.

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Cataloochee is 3 hours north of Atlanta, Georgia and approximately 7.5 hours from North Florida.  Its is an extremely family-friendly ski area that offers an environment everyone can enjoy.


The Cataloochee offers a family friendly ski school for kids and adults learn to how to conquer the mountain.  Families can learn their skiing skills on special beginner slopes, that include magic carpets and their own chairlift. Then, they can graduate to more difficult intermediate slopes such as the ‘Lower Omigosh’ and the ‘Richard’s Run.’ Finally, when skilled enough they can advance to 5,400-foot ‘Upper Omigosh’. Experienced snowboarders can sharpen their skills in the ‘Cat Cage’ terrain park. Together the slopes of Cataloochee present some of the most welcoming and challenging terrain. Finally, Cataloochee offers a popular “Kids Ski Free/Kids Stay Free” program that gives a  family even more flexibility in planning their smoky mountain vacation.

Cataloochee Ski Collage

We have been enjoying the slopes at Cataloochee Ski Area near Maggie Valley North Carolina for over 4 years. With its close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cataloochee Ski Area is close to it all.  We highly recommend Cataloochee to any and everyone interested in having a day (or night) of fun in the Smokies!


I was provided no compensation for my review of the Cataloochee Ski Area.  We simply have enjoyed our vacations over the years and I wanted to share our fun experience with my readers.

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