www.cataloochee.comCataloochee Ski Area

Soaring free in the Great Smokies!

Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, Cataloochee is a small resort perfect for boomer families and newcomers to the world of skiing and boarding. One of the oldest, and rated as one of the best ski resorts in North Carolina, Cataloochee Ski Area opened on Moody Top Mountain in 1961 and is located 35 miles west of Asheville. Cataloochee has an average snowfall of 40 inches with a base elevation of 4,760 feet and summit at 5,400 feet with vertical drop of 740 feet, 16 lighted slopes and trails (25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced) and 25 acres of skiable terrain.

The Cataloochee base features a lodge, sundeck and equipment rental center. The bunny slope, Rabbit Hill, features gentle slopes for learning the basics while the tame Easy Way is perfect for older beginners. Novice skiers head for Beginner’s Luck and Wolf Creek Hollow, both separated from the main slope for safe skiing. Intermediate skiers and boarders should head for Rock Island Run and Lower Omigosh while experts can brave the challenges of Upper Omigosh. Skiers and boarders alike looking for a different type of thrill should head to Cat Cage Terrain Park to experience ramps, rails, and boxes. Private lessons or group lessons are available with skiers and boarders separated into groups based on their skill level. Cat Explorers Snowboarding is for ages 8-12 while kids ski programs include the Cat Trackers for ages 4-7 and Cat Explorers for ages 8-12. All lessons are taught by PSIA certified instructors. The Intro to Skiing or Riding lesson is free when you rent your equipment, making your first experience top notch!

If you are ready for a little snow tubing then head over to Tube World in the valley. Riders must meet a height requirement of 42 inches and those who don’t can head to The Wee Bowl for some serious snow play fun. After a session on the mountain, relax with family and friends in front of the lodge’s double-sided fireplace at the Cat Lodge enjoying good food, an après-ski drink and listen to a local bluegrass band. Lodging options can be found nearby from inexpensive snow cabins to luxurious ski resort cabins.

Visit this family-friendly website and plan to carve a place of your own on the slopes and experience southern hospitality at its best.