It’s official, folks…skiing and snowboarding has returned to Catalochee Ski Area in Haywood County for its 55th season! The ski area is now up and running for another stellar season of winter fun, so stop what you’re doing and start making your plans to visit NOW!
Cataloochee Ski Area, located in Maggie Valley, joined other resorts across the country as they opened for the 2015-16 season on Sunday, November 15, with lifts ready to roll at 8:30am. The area has been making snow around the clock since 4:30pm on Friday, November 13. The opening day was a little late by Cataloochee standards, as they opened November 2 last year, skiing a total of 141 days. Cataloochee’s continued dedication to snowmaking has allowed them to be consistently among the first areas in the country to open each season, averaging 127 days of skiing and riding each winter. Located high in the mountains of Haywood County, they are a snowsports playground to many in the Southeast.
Each year, Cataloochee continues to make significant improvements to its snowmaking infrastructure allowing the resort’s operational staff to be aggressive in helping skiers and snowboarders with their first tracks of the season. “Staying current with advances in the industry has enabled us to make snow more effectively in the early season. This allows us to open earlier each year as the weather cooperates.” says Chris Bates, Cataloochee’s Vice-President and General Manager.
As of today, November 17, the ski area has four slopes open and 2 lifts available. As snowmaking increases and temperatures drop, more slopes and lifts will continue to open.
For more information, including current hours, pricing, and an up-to-date snow report, please visit their website www.cataloochee.com.