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Lift Safety

Be familiar with the type of lift you are riding, and ask for help if you need it.

Risk Warning

Inherent risks inevitably accompany winter sports, recreational or otherwise, such as skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Upon purchase of a slope pass at Cataloochee Ski Area or Tube World:

  • Guests understand slope use for any purpose is hazardous and may involve the risk of physical injury or death. Guests assume the risk of injury to person(s)/property resulting from any such inherent dangers and may not recover from any ski area operator for injuries. Inherent risks of these activities include, but are not limited to: changing weather conditions, existing and changing snow conditions, bare spots, rocks, stumps, trees, collisions (whether with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers), variations in terrain, the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities, jumps, and Freestyle Terrain. Snowmaking and snow grooming may be in progress at any time.
  • Guests agree to stay alert at all times, control their own speed, avoid other skiers and obstacles, comply with signage and instructions of employees, and know how to safely load, ride and unload lifts.
  • Guests understand passes may be revoked at any time, without refund, due to conduct that is dangerous, improper, or constitutes fraud and/or nuisance.

Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Cataloochee Ski Area prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from the Ski Area.  This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within Cataloochee Ski Area boundaries.

This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Ski Area property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Ski Area boundaries.  Please contact Chris Bates, Cataloochee President and General Manager (828) 926-0285 if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones.  Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement as well as those policies separately established by Cataloochee Ski Area, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.

Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, and/or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.