Snow-Making Magic Means Ski Season Starts In NC

The East Coast ski season is open, but the first white slopes aren't in New England. They're in Maggie Valley.

The Cataloochee Ski Area opened this weekend. Crews cranked up the snow-making machine late last week when the forecast promised cold weather for the weekend.

General manager Chris Bates notes that Cataloochie has only been closed seven months -- since April First. He says he hopes to keep the slopes going until the end of April this year.

Only a few of the park's 12 runs were open, and the resort is closed today. But managers hope to have the slopes ready again this Saturday.