Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, North Carolina is a top ski and snowboard resort in the Southeast. We offer 100% snowmaking coverage of our slopes that include eighteen skiing and snowboarding slopes and trails that are 44% beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced to expert. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for everyone from the novice to advanced and we have a huge line of rental equipment that is updated every year.
At Cataloochee, we love large groups and offer a helping hand at every stage of your visit, excellent facilities, and of course, great skiing and snowboarding. We have some of the best group deals in the Southeast and special rates for all sessions, night or day.
Our facilities include an off-mountain snow tubing park at Tube World in Maggie Valley.
For the first timer to Cataloochee, this website offers all the information you will need from directions to lodging, lift tickets to equipment and clothing to wear. The whole first time experience can be a little overwhelming, but at Cataloochee, we focus on making that first impression a great time for everyone.
Tips on What to Wear and Dressing in Layers
Everything You Need To Know Starts Here
Here are a few of the most frequent questions asked about what to expect from your visit with us as well.
What will it cost?
Lift ticket pricing ranges from $43 weekdays to $70 weekends at Cataloochee. Ski and snowboard equipment can be rented at the ski area with ski rental costs ranging from $27 for juniors to $32 on adults for either skis or snowboards for any session.
Outer gear rentals such as overall bibs and jackets and accessories can be found either at Cataloochee Ski & Sports Shop in Maggie Valley or here on the mountain at The Shop at Cataloochee. Bib and jacket rentals are available for a $9 per piece or $16 for the set.
We have a cafeteria that serves throughout the day and has variety of items including burgers, fries, hot dogs, soups, chili, wraps, salads, pizza as well as housemade specials on occasion. We offer breakfast from one hour before the slopes open until 10:30am daily.
Food and lodging costs in the Maggie Valley area are economical as well – check our Lodging Guide for more information on recommended properties in our area.
How long will it take to be able to ski or ride?
Just in your first day, you’ll learn how to turn, slow down, stop and ride the lifts. Generally if you are trying skiing for the first time, you should be able to do quite a bit on your first day. Snowboarding is a bit more difficult the first time. However, the learning curve is much easier after just a few tries. With the help of Cataloochee’s staff of trained ski and snowboard instructors, you’ll be skiing and riding in no time.
Do I have to be in shape?
You don’t have to be an athlete to ski. However, if you do some exercises before your first ski experience, you will enjoy it more. First of all, you’ll learn faster, because you won’t tire so easily during the learning process. You’re going to fall down some while learning so you’ll bounce back better if you’re in shape. Walking briskly, jogging, jumping rope and stretching are best.
Should I take a lesson?
YES! It’s the easiest and quickest way to learn.
How can I find out the conditions before I go?
Cataloochee publishes a “conditions” report or a “snow report.” It’s done on a daily basis and gives you a summary of the temperatures, trails open, lifts running, weather conditions, and more. We update our reports every evening after close. We put our conditions report on our website, phone systems, and publish it to all the major news agencies that report national ski conditions.
Skiers and Riders Checklist
Below is a list of items that will help to make your first day at Cataloochee a great one. This list is meant to only be a suggestion and is dependent entirely on your preferences. Remember, ski bibs and jackets can be rented from Cataloochee Ski & Sports Shop in Maggie Valley as well as The Shop @ Cataloochee for $9.00 per day or rent the set for $16 per day.
- Lip Balm
- Bag to carry change of clothing, boots, and extra equipment
- Long Underwear
- Ski Pants or Bib Pants
- Outer Layer Jacket (Preferably waterproof/breathable shell)
- Gloves or Mittens (Waterproof is preferred)
- Neck Gaitor
- Sweater or fleece
- Socks or Sock Liner (one thin to medium pair)
- Vest (for insulation)
- Face Mask
- Change of clothes for after skiing or riding
- Hat or Headband (80% of your body’s heat escapes through your head….brrrr!)
Note: Many of these accessories and more can be found in at Cataloochee Ski & Sports Shop in Maggie Valley or The Shop @ Cataloochee. If you discover after you arrive at the area that your gloves are not warm enough or that you have forgotten your sunglasses, check The Shop @ Cataloochee for a reasonably priced replacement. In addition, you’ll find Cataloochee souvenirs from hats to pins, sweatshirts to T-shirts and everything in between! The Shop @ Cataloochee is conveniently located on the main floor of the lodge and accepts cash, Visa, American Express and MasterCard.