Cataloochee Ski Area - Skiing & Snowboarding

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"The home of great skiing and snowboarding in the Great Smoky Mountains!"

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Steven Reinhold


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Destination Distance From Downtown

30.1 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days



Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


You will need a lift ticket.

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Cataloochee Ski Area



Cataloochee is home to “great skiing and snowboarding in the Great Smoky Mountains.” Make your way over from Asheville and you are sure to agree with their sentiment. With expansive views, varied terrain, a full service lodge and friendly staff; Cataloochee offers one of the South’s most memorable winter experiences.

What Makes It Great

Cataloochee Ski Resort lies just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The view from the top of the mountain is incredible and overlooks the resorts namesake, Catalaoochee Valley. The lodge sits directly at the base of the mountain and hosts a restaurant and bar with a massive new deck overlooking the slopes. The Looch has an impressive snow-making infrastructure and is able to cover 100% of their terrain. This ability leads to a long season for one of the southernmost ski resorts on the east coast. If you, and your family, are looking for a day of fun on the snow, The Looch is a great mountain for all skill levels to come play on.

Slope Breakdown: Cataloochee has a total of 18 trails and 5 lifts: 1 quad, 1 triple, 1 double chair and 2 moving carpet surface lifts for the beginner learning areas.  

44% beginner terrain: 39% intermediate: 17% advanced

Top Elevation 5,400’: Base Elevation, 4,660’: Vertical Drop 740’

Cataloochee is also proud to offer the Cat Cage Terrain Park which features creative features that are varied throughout the year.

Who is Going to Love It

Cataloochee has a giant sale on the following years season passes every spring. Keep an eye on their website in March to grab yourself a pass at up to half off regular price!

Cataloochee offer an awesome beginner’s skiing package to help “sell the stoke” to first timers. The “Slide in 5” program is a multi-lesson beginner’s package which includes a free pair of Elan skis! The package includes lift tickets, ski rentals and lessons for any five days during the year and participants who complete all five lessons receive their free pair of skis. They even brand the skis with the Cataloochee logo to help you commemorate the experience!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The drive to Cataloochee from Asheville winds through scenic Maggie Valley and climbs high atop the Great Smoky Mountains. Cataloochee’s website provides detailed driving directions for visitors from all directions. 

Before you head up the mountain, check out Cataloochee's webcams and their detailed Snow Report.  

Current pricing on Lift Tickets can be found on Cataloochee’s website.

Cataloochee also offers Military, Fire & Rescue and Police Enforcement Appreciation Days

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Cataloochee Ski Area

1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC, 28751
35.563065, -83.089668

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