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Hit The Slopes Baby One More Time

While milder temperatures may be on the way, don’t put those skis away just yet. In fact, the conditions are just right for a final trip up the mountain to hit the slopes.  There is no better way to do that than with a visit to Haywood County, NC and it’s five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde.  Home to one of the best ski areas the southeast, Cataloochee Ski Area is located at an elevation of over 4,000 feet high on Fie Top Mountain in Maggie Valley. Cataloochee boasts 18 total slopes ready to take you on and you know the Upper Omigosh at 5,400 feet is calling your name.  Snowboarders and skiers alike can get their kicks at the Cat Cage Terrain Park, offering 10 total features to flip tricks on. You will also be happy to know that Cataloochee Ski Area reigns king for offering one of the longest running ski seasons in the region.  With plans to stays open until late March, so you still have plenty of time make the trip, or even several before spring arrives. If you’ve got fellow winter enthusiasts in your party who aren’t quite ready to take the leap into skiing and snowboard, Cataloochee Ski Area also offers snow tubing.  Located just down the mountain from the main ski area, Tube World offers multiple snow tubing runs that are perfect for the whole family, from the youngest snow bunny to oldest “big kid”.

There are also a number of other awesome activities to cap off your winter getaway. Winter hiking is great this time of year as the trails are less crowded and the unobstructed views are beyond compare.  If you’re feeling thirsty, give one of our three craft microbreweriesa try, Bearwaters Brewing, Boojum Brewing, and Frog Level Brewing, each with their own unique line up of local brews. If beer isn’t your thing than head on over to Elevated Mountain Distilling for a tour of how moonshine is made and a taste of some delicious White Lightning, Vodka, or Bourbon. We are home to a long list of locally owned and operated restaurants ranging from down home southern cuisine to upscale farm-to-table and beyond.  Now all you need is the perfect basecamp to launch your adventure from.  Haywood County offers a variety of accommodations from hotels and motels in the heart of the action to cozy cabins with sweeping views of the Great Smokies.

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