Every child of Western North Carolina knows the excitement that comes with snow. Schools are closed, it looks like you're inside a snow globe when you look out your window, and then you get to gear up and go outside and play. Most kids make snowmen, go sledding, and have snowball fights. Some kids gets to go with Mom or Dad up to the ski slopes and spend the day skiing or snowboarding. And some adults get to say thank you for the excuse not to work and get to join all the others on their way up the mountains to the slopes. There is much to offer on a cold wintery day in the Smoky Mountains, when plenty of snow can be produced and blown on the slopes and lately much of it has been naturally falling. Winter visitors to Waynesville and Maggie Valley, NC can experience skiing and snowboarding at elevations of 5,400 ft.
Cataloochee offers a great atmosphere for all members of the family and has slopes for all skiing/snowboarding levels. Also located at the base of the mountain is tube world where those who are not quite ready to hit the mountain can hit the hill on an inner tube. A short drive from Maggie Valley and Waynesville, NC can you find at additional slopes in Asheville or Boone. So for the avid skier or snowboarder who wants to stay a little closer to home, the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina can offer a world of options without having to leave the southeast.