Close to Atlanta, great kids' ski school
long lines, limited area
This was our second trip to Cataloochee. Learning from last time we resisted the urge to start skiing on Friday late afternoon already as this will cost a fortune for a relatively short period of time - since Cataloochee does not issue 24hr passes.
Kids Cat Trackers program is great! Slightly disorganized - OK - but the staff is great! It is important to know that rental equipment including helmet, lift tickets, and even snack & lunch are included! If you start adding all that up the lessons themselves are really not very expensive. Plus your kids make a lot more miles on the mountain because they have priority access at the lifts which is a BIG thing on busy days.
BUT - it is at a first come first served basis so one of us would go up the mountain to buy tickets for Cat Trackers as early as 7 am...
Verrrry busy with beginners on weekends! Cataloochee needs to better train their lift staff as very often only one or 2 persons ride a 3 or 4 person chairlift!!! And: beginners are just rocketing down that mountain creating hazardous situations at the base. But - it is a great little mountain to have, we were so lucky with snow on Feb 16 and great weather all President's day weekend it was AWESOME!