Cataloochee Ski Area, NC Was the First Resort Open in the East | Beat ‘The Beast’ by 2.5-Hours!

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Thank you to the many readers who corrected our claim that Killington Resort, VT was the first resort in the east to open for skiing and riding! Turns out they were beaten to the title by 2.5-hours by Cataloochee Ski Area in North Carolina.

The ski area in Haywood County, which rises to 5,400 feet in elevation, opened at 8:30 am on Nov. 3 with Killington just behind them at 11:00 am. They opened with three slopes from mid-station down with a base of 2-8 inches with some bare spots present, said spokeswoman Tammy Brown.

“We remind you to be aware of changing ski conditions and use caution. Natural and manmade obstacles exist and snowmaking and grooming activities are routinely in progress. Please use control and ski or ride only on designated slopes and trails and please call this number anytime for current skiing conditions,” Brown said.

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Cataloochee Ski Area, NC

She added that the ski area will close for the week, from Nov. 4-8, with plans to reopen Nov. 9. The ski area took advantage of overnight temperatures that dipped below freezing in recent days, along with low humidity, the perfect conditions to make artificial snow and get folks out onto the slopes. Snowmaking will continue this week, Brown said.

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