"What we're all about is getting people skiing," said Tammy Brown, spokeswoman for Cataloochee. "When we have the weather, we'll take advantage of it." Cold temperatures allowed Cataloochee snowmakers to put down about two feet of snow in the two beginner areas.
With its Nov. 4 opening, Cataloochee, in Maggie Valley, was able to claim the distinction of being the first eastern area to have skiing this season. The early cold snap allowed the 46-year-old area to beat last year's opener by 15 days. "We hope it brings more interest to North Carolina skiing," said Brown. "We're 100 percent snowmaking, and we make significant improvements each year. What we hope will happen is, folks will know we have early snow."
"We're not going to make money on this, but its gotten people excited for skiing, and we're just happy we can do this," said Brown.