Cataloochee Ski Area Opens October 31st for 52nd Season!
Maggie Valley, NC – For the second time in its history, Cataloochee Ski Area will be open for skiing in October, with lifts ready to roll for opening day on Wednesday, October 31, at 9:00am. The area has been making snow round the clock since 6:00 am on Monday, October 29, with 4 inches of natural snowfall from Superstorm Sandy.
Cataloochee’s continued dedication to snowmaking technology allows them to be consistently one the first areas in the country to open each season, averaging 119 days of skiing and riding each winter in the last seven years. Located high in the mountains of Western North Carolina, they are a snowsports playground to many in the Southeast.
Cataloochee will operate Wednesday from 9:00am until 4:30pm with skiing on three slopes, Lower Omigosh, Rabbit Hill and Easy Way, serviced by the Omigosh Double Chairlift to midstation and the Easy Way Triple Chairlift. Current base on these slopes is 8-12 inches, with continued snowmaking to increase that number throughout the day and evening. Lift tickets will be a special rate of $25 per person, for all guests. Children 4 and under receive a free lift ticket with a ticketed adult and adults 65 and over, ski free anyday. Regular rental rates will apply. Cataloochee also offers all persons renting equipment a free 1 ½ hour beginner lesson as part of their rental package, any non-holiday Monday through Thursday.
As an added Halloween “treat,” guests purchasing a lift ticket on opening day will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for an all session season pass for the 2012-13 season; value of this pass is $625. Cataloochee will continue to operate on a daily basis for day skiing only, as long as conditions allow. For more information or an up-to-date snow report, please visit their website www.cataloochee.com .