Cataloochee Ski Area opens

After 18 hours of snowmaking, Cataloochee Ski Area opened for the winter on Monday, Nov. 20.

Skiing and riding are now available on two slopes, Easy Way and Rabbit Hill, operated on the Easy Way Triple Chairlift. More slopes will operate as snowmaking progresses and cold weather persists.

Cataloochee typically opens in the first or second week of November each year, making this year’s Nov. 20 opening slightly later than average. Opening day is dependent on colder temperatures suitable for snowmaking. The ski area plans to remain open through closing day Sunday, March 26, 2018.

The ski area is open daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with an earlier 8:30 a.m. opening on weekends and holidays. It is located at the top of Fie Top Road in Maggie Valley.

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