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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed through the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for details; you will be given payment instructions after you sign up. Late payments are NOT accepted for this event, in any circumstance.

Skiing and Snowboarding at Cataloochee

The Basics:
Event Type:Sport
Event Location: Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley, NC   Sport: Skiing and Snowboarding at Cataloochee  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jan 17 2014  6:30 pm >> Sun, Jan 19 2014 8:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Nov 27 2013 9:11 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Dec 17 2013 12:34 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Chris H
Paula Schubert
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Member Cost:$204.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:24
Minimum Group Size:17
Number Registered So Far: 19 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Come join us again in the beautiful Smoky Mountains for a weekend of fun in the snow at Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, NC.  Skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels will find plenty of trails to suit their style in 50 acres of skiable terrain.

While at the ski area, our group will have an assigned area in the group building to hang out, meet up, store your stuff, and eat lunch together.  You can bring a lunch with you or purchase it from the cafeteria in the lodge.  For those wanting lessons, free beginner lessons are included with the equipment rental packages.  Other level lessons are available at a discounted rate.

Accommodations will be at the Comfort Inn Maggie Valley, only 10 minutes from the ski area.  Rooms have 2 queen beds, fridge & microwave, free high speed internet, indoor pool & spa, and free deluxe continental breakfast.  Rooms are double occupancy and roommates will be assigned unless otherwise requested by registration cutoff.

Group Management: Due to the nature of this kind of event, it is unlikely that all of us will remain together for the entire duration of the trip.  As such your trip leaders will be relying on each car load to keep up with its members.  Head counts may be taken at times, but we ask for your assistance. Pursuant to this, your Trip Leaders reserve the right to consider any registrant’s social history within the AOC as a factor in making a determination as to whether the registrant is an appropriate candidate for this event.

General Itinerary:


  • 6:30pm – Depart carpool
  • 10:30pm – Arrive in Maggie Valley
  • (Dinner stop in East Ellijay, GA along the way)



  • 7:30am – Depart hotel
  • 8:30am – 4:30pm Ski/Ride
  • 6:00pm – Group dinner/social at Guayabitos Mexican Restaurant (walking distance to the hotel!)



  • 8:00am – Depart hotel
  • 8:30am – 4:30pm Ski/Ride
  • 5:00pm – Depart for Atlanta
  • 8:30pm – Arrive and Park & Ride


More detailed itinerary and instructions will be provided after the Registration Cutoff. Please note that Cataloochee has been known to open 30 minutes early on Holiday Weekends.  Your trip leaders will keep you aware of any changes, but please be prepared to shift the hotel departure times back 30 minutes to 7:00 and 7:30 respectively.  Additionally your trip leaders will be contacting you asking for specific information once payment is received.

For additional information on Cataloochee, visit their website:

Comfort Inn Maggie Valley:

There is a minimum of 17 for this event to get these group rates. If 17 do not sign up and pay by the deadline, the trip will be canceled. Full refunds will be given to all that have paid if trip is cancelled.

Cost for members:

  • Lodging: $79.00
  • Lift Ticket: $85.00
  • Ski or Snowboard Rental: $40.00
  • Helmet Rental: $8.00
  • Beginner Lesson: Free!
  • Advanced Lesson: $14.00


Please add up the costs for your desired items and submit payment for that amount. 

Please Note: The Default Pament Due is for Lodging, Lift Ticket, and Ski or Snowboard Rental.  Your amount may be different depending upon your selection.  If your amount is different, you will need to edit the "Amount to Pay" field shown in the payment window under the Paypal link.

For Example:

  • Lodging and Lift only (own equipment): $164.00
  • Lodging, Lift, Ski/Snowboard Rental (free beginner lesson): $204.00
  • Lodging, Lift, Ski/Snowboard Rental, Advnaced Lesson, and Helmet Rental: $226.00

***Payment of full balance is due one week after you register for this event or by 12:34pm on December 17th, whichever comes first.***

Payment will only be accepted via PayPal, so please use the button on your Upcoming Events page.


We need payment as soon as possible in order to secure lift ticket and hotel reservations. If you don't pay within one week of registering, you will be moved from the attending list to the waiting list.

**NOTE: beginners are welcome and encouraged to sign up!! We will be there to help you out every step along the way.

Required Items to Bring:

A great attitude!
Injury Avoidance Skills (No one is allowed to get hurt!)

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.


The key to skiing and riding in the Smokies is layers! Be prepared for every weather condition imaginable. A more detailed list will be emailed out to event participants, but use the AOC's Winter Event Checklist or Cataloochee's FAQ as a place to start.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions will be handed out to drivers at the carpool location.  Directions furnished by GPS units ARE NOT ACCURATE and send you on an unpassable route to the mountain.  Google Maps, however, is accurate.  You will be heading north and the drive typically takes 2.5 to 3 hours not counting the dinner stop.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):360Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 pm
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $144.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.



Please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader(s) with any questions or concerns. We're here to help you!

Important information for paid events in which payment is managed through the AOC:

     - Payment must be received by the payment due date and prior to participation in the event.

     - Some paid events require a minimum number of registered participants. If that number is not met, the event will be canceled and refunds will be issued to those who have already paid.

     - Third-party vendors often require damage deposits. Each registrant agrees to be liable for and required to reimburse the Atlanta Outdoor Club for any withheld deposits due to the actions of or damages caused by that registrant.

     - No partial payments. All registrants must pay the posted Member Cost regardless of any agreement you may have with any party involved in the event.

     - Read the event description carefully for additional information, and contact the trip leader(s) with any questions.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$204.00/Person
Cost Includes:

See event description for complete cost descriptions before paying. Your price may vary from that listed.  Note that cost does NOT include any meals.

Payment will only accepted via PayPal so please use the button on your Upcoming Events page.

Don't forget to change the "Amount to Pay" field to your actual amount!

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Tue, Dec 17 2013.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

If you cancel on or before December 17th by 12:34pm, full payment is refundable less a $9 AOC administrative fee.

If you cancel after December 17th by 12:34pm, there will be NO refund unless someone from the waitlist replaces you and pays in full.  At that time, you would receive refund less a $9 administrative fee.

Event is rain or shine however the trip leaders may cancel if extreme weather conditions are forecast.  We will do everything we can to avoid this, but should we be forced to cancel (highly unlikely as your trip leaders don't run from weather), you will receive a refund less a $39.50 fee for those staying in the hotel (this fee is the amount charged by the hotel for cancellations after the deadline).