Cataloochi Ski Area is the closest ski resort (just over 50 miles away) in Maggie Valley. It offers 50 skiable acres for beginners, intermediates and expert skiers. The season begins in late Oct/early November through to March each year. You can rent equipment and there’s a shop too. The resort also offers Tube World four miles away from the ski area. You are advised to complete this release form to save time on arrival.See directions on the website that warn you that Google Maps is the only way to find Cataloochi (a problem since Google Maps hasn’t yet found Buttercup Haven.) However, follow these Google Maps directions from Franklin to get there. We recommend a stopping to eat in Waynesville (lunch or dinner) if you haven’t been to Waynesville. This quaint town is definitely worth a visit and offers lots of great eating options.