Our winters are generally mild, but snow is not unusual, particularly in the higher elevations. Temperatures will get cold enough that even if we don’t have snow falling from the sky it can be made and blown onto the slopes.
We have two nice ski slopes within an hour drive of your Smoky Mountain Getaways rental cabin, Cataloochee Ski Area and Sapphire Valley Ski Resort. The following descriptions are straight from the Ski Areas websites.
Cataloochee Ski Area http://cataloochee.com/
Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, North Carolina is a top ski and snowboard resort in the Southeast. We offer 100% snowmaking coverage of our slopes that include eighteen skiing and snowboarding slopes and trails that are 44% beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced to expert. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for everyone from the novice to advanced and we have a huge line of rental equipment that is updated every year.
At Cataloochee, we love large groups and offer a helping hand at every stage of your visit, excellent facilities, and of course, great skiing and snowboarding. We have some of the best group deals in the Southeast and special rates for all sessions, night or day.
Our facilities include an off-mountain snow tubing park at Tube World in Maggie Valley.
For the first timer to Cataloochee, this website offers all the information you will need from directions to lodging, lift tickets to equipment and clothing to wear. The whole first time experience can be a little overwhelming, but at Cataloochee, we focus on making that first impression a great time for everyone.