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Shredding the Slopes of Maggie This Winter


A winter in Haywood County is best spent embracing the treasures of the season. Make the most of your time here and plan a weekend at the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley for some outdoor adventure! This mountain is famous around these parts—read on to find out why beginners and experts spend days traversing these slopes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Need to Get on The Slopes?

A lift pass is required to get into the ski area’s slope system. Other than that, the most important thing to remember for this winter adventure is your skiing gear. Luckily, Cataloochee rents out any gear you could possibly need from skis and snowboards to bibs and jackets. They house over 4,000 sets of rental equipment and have a repair shop on site—just in case. While pricing is cheaper on the weekdays, the area still offers really good deals on weekends and holidays. For cost savings, consider their lift, rental, and lesson packages.

What Should I Expect on the Slopes?

First time skiing or snowboarding? There’s no better place to learn. Although our slopes are fun to ride for expert-level shredders, the diversity of hills on our winter mountain means this is an ideal place to learn, too. Our instructors are here to help—so use them! Even experienced riders can learn something new from a professionally trained instructor. Getting your experience started on the right foot can make spending a day on the mountain much more enjoyable.
Located in the Southeastern U.S., Cataloochee does an awesome job of extending the ski season as long as possible. In fact, their team of snowmakers blanket the mountain in snow for up to 125 days a year—that’s a longer season than most slopes up north!

How are the Slopes Broken Up?

The 18 slopes of Cataloochee Ski Area are split up to suit all skill levels with almost half designated for “beginners.” As for your more advanced shredders, you’ll find nearly a quarter of the slopes are designed to challenge your abilities. Check out this terrain map of the mountain.

Looking to Continue Adventuring?

There’s more than one way to play in the snow here. Try a ride down our local snow run. Located about 4 miles from the Ski Area, Tube World is another affordable outdoor winter activity in Maggie Valley. Tubing sessions last one hour and 45 minutes.

NOTE: You do have to be 42 inches tall to slide here.

Winter fun in the Smokies doesn’t end on the slopes or at the bottom of the run. There are still views to relish while enjoying outdoor activities in Maggie Valley all winter long. Discover all of the winter fun that the area has to offer.

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