Cataloochee Ski Area is located near Maggie Valley, NC. The trail is primarily used for downhill skiing.
Cataloochee is a great place to start skiing or for practice for us Southerners. It is a nice easy drive from Atlanta, although you may want to consider W. Virginia over NC for better skiing based on your location. I would highly recommend you only go on the colder days of the year (otherwise it gets pretty icey/slushy), go as early in the day as possible, and to avoid weekends and holidays if possible. We went the Friday before President's Day weekend, and it was busy, but no where near as bad as on Saturday. The skis and boards are of good quality, and the ski patrol and instructors were great. A nice affordable option when you can't make it out west or up north. If you don't have Colorado-level expectations, you'll have a blast.
Just a decent ski area.