2/28/2013 - Adventure of the week: Ski at Cataloochee
by Karen Chavez - Asheville Citizen Times
What: Skiing at Cataloochee Ski Area.
When: Ski area is open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday and Mondays..
Where: Maggie Valley in Haywood County. Tube World located in Maggie Valley, across from Ghost Town in the Sky, four miles from the ski area, opens today at 4 p.m. for its final weekend of tubing.
Details: If you're looking to get in your last (or first) ski or snowboard runs of the season, this should be a great weekend, with wintry weather on the horizon.
"It's still winter," Tammy Brown, ski area spokeswoman, said on Wednesday. "We've had great skier response and we're in Day 119 of the season. We're planning on staying on open through March 30. We have cold and snow in the forecast for the weekend and we're going to make snow."
The late season hours will change on March 11 to 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sundays.
"We'll keep making snow as long as we can," Brown said. "We're open on 16 slopes and have 67-87-inch base."
The ski area is also holding its annual One Day Season Pass Sale on Sunday, where you can buy a variety of passes, and save up to $100 by buying a pass that will let you ski the rest of this season and all of next season for $199. This pass goes up to $299 on Monday, Brown said. Seasonal ski and snowboard rentals will also be available for order.
Also on Sunday, check out the racing finals of the middle and high school interscholastic race season.
There are many other options for getting in some snow sports in Western North Carolina this weekend. See adjacent list of WNC ski areas.
Information: Visit www.cataloochee.com or call 926-0285 or 800-768-0285.
WNC ski areas
o Appalachian Ski Mountain: 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock. Open for ice skating, skiing and snowboarding. Call 800-322-2373 or visit http://appskimtn.com for details.
o Cataloochee Ski Area: Ski slopes in Maggie Valley open for skiing and snowboarding. Tony's Tube World also open. For more information and snow report, visit
o Sugar Mountain Ski Resort: Ski area in Avery County now open for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and snowshoe tours. For more information, visit www.skisugar.com.
o Beech Mountain Ski Resort: Beech Mountain in Avery County. Skiing, snowboarding and outdoor ice skating rink. Call 800-438-2093 or visit
o Wolf Ridge Ski Resort: Madison County ski area, 578 Valley View Circle in Mars Hill. Open for skiing and snowboarding. Call 689-4111 or visithttp://skiwolfridgenc.com.