Plan your next ski vacation in Western North Carolina, where you’ll find slopes and trails to accommodate skiers of all levels at Cataloochee Ski Area, a Maggie Valley ski resort, and at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, located in nearby Mars Hill, NC.

Maggie Valley, NC, is located right in the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Haywood County, which is home to 46 miles of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy exciting attractions around nearly every turn in Western North Carolina, from authentic Appalachian culture to music, camping, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, festivals, whitewater rafting, Christmas tree farms, apple orchards and much more.

Within Maggie Valley, discover great restaurants, antique and souvenir shops, the Wheels Through Time Museum, the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds (the setting for many bike rallies and music concerts) as well as the Cataloochee Ski Area.

Maggie Valley Ski Resorts

The Cataloochee Ski Area is located within Maggie Valley at 1080 Ski Lodge Road. The Cataloochee Ski Area has the longest running ski season on the East Coast and offers a high elevation of 5,400 feet. This popular Maggie Valley ski resort boasts 18 skiing and snowboarding slopes and trails, which are of varying skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Cataloochee Ski Resort typically opens the first or second week of November, and it is usually open from 8:30am to 10:30pm throughout the season, except on holidays. Cataloochee Ski Resort does have snow-making capabilities, so there should always be plenty of snow even if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.

Cataloochee Ski Area offers a variety of programs and options for skiers of all ages, from lessons for beginners to equipment rentals, multi-day passes, season passes, clothing sales and special programs. If you’re into snowboarding, or would like to try it for the first time, you’ll enjoy Cataloochee Ski Area’s sister business, Tony’s Tube World. It’s located just a few miles from their Maggie Valley ski resort. Learn more about the resort, watch a video and get our accurate insider directions to the ski area.

Other Ski Resorts in North Carolina

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Mars Hill is located 30 minutes North of Asheville, just a day trip from Maggie Valley, NC. Catering to skiers of all skill levels, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort is situated at 578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill, NC. Like Cataloochee Ski Area, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort also has snow-making equipment so they stay open even when there is no natural snowfall. In addition to ski slopes, Wolf Ridge caters to snowboarders and has a tube run as well. The season usually runs from December through March, but Wolf Ridge has opened as early as Thanksgiving in the past. At this resort, you will also find ski and snowboard equipment rentals, special events and programs. Wolf Ridge operates a Snow Sport School, featuring lessons for beginning skiers and snowboarders. Western NC has a large snowboarding community.

Additional ski resorts in Western North Carolina include: Beech Mountain Resort in Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain Resort in Banner Elk, Ski Beech in Boone, Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock and Hawksnest Resort in Seven Devils, NC. You can easily reach any of these locations from Maggie Valley in just a short, scenic drive through beautiful mountain scenery.

Stay in Maggie Valley – Ski Nearby

Meadowlark Motel is located at 3878 Soco Road, right in the heart of Maggie Valley, just minutes from the Cataloochee Ski Area. Meadowlark Motel features an assortment of spacious accommodations, from guestrooms to a cottage or cabin. Many accommodations feature jetted tubs, microwaves and refrigerators. Even the family pet will feel welcome at Meadowlark – this motel offers free dog treats at check-in.

Situated right on the banks of scenic Jonathan Creek, Meadowlark Motel showcases an outdoor pavilion and recreation area with grills and outdoor furniture, where you can relax and roast hotdogs and marshmallows by the fire. You could even cook up a family or group dinner inside the fully equipped kitchen within the pavilion. Take advantage of their complimentary Continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and an array of unique guest services, including wine tastings, in-room spa services and Saturday night cookouts. Ask about Meadowlark’s current ski package when you book your Maggie Valley ski vacation in the beautiful North Carolina mountains.


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