Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort is located on Lookout
Mountain between Mentone and Fort Payne, Alabama.
It features a pair of small ski slopes, a very
affordable golf course, horseback riding, hiking,
lodging, and a whole bunch of awesome local attractions.
First, let me make something clear. If you are looking
for a ski resort with black diamond back-country skiing,
a four star lodge, and a 36 hole golf course, this is
probably not the place for you. Cloudmont is a bit more
rugged than that. If you want a place to
take the family for a day or two of affordable fun, well
maybe you should give it a try. It's especially good for
teaching younger kids and clumsy adults to ski.
The cost of skiing varies based on age and day/date. It
is always a great value though. When you rent skis and
pay for a lift ticket, you'll get a quick group lesson
that will have you on the slopes within an hour. The ski
slopes are serviced by a tow-rope lift, so skiers can
exit the lift at any time. That's an awesome feature for
The golf course looks fun,
but the greens were in poor shape when we visited
(February). Again, it's not a country club, but you
don't pay country club prices either. It's an awesome
way to introduce the kids to golf without having to take
out a second mortgage. I'm sure it's much nicer in the
summer, especially in the cooler mountain air.
If horseback riding appeals
to you, the
Shady Grove Dude Ranch is right there, offering
miles of horseback riding for a very reasonable price.
The 800+ acre resort has a variety of trails and old
roads for riding or hiking. It's a beautiful area with
the Little River rushing through the property and a cool
old covered bridge.
Cloudmont also offers some lodging options in the form
of chalets/cabins. We have not stayed in them, nor have
we viewed them personally. We have an RV and prefer to
stay at nearby (12 minutes)
Desoto State Park). We'll make a point of viewing
them on our next visit.
Local attractions at
Cloudmont are phenominal. As I mentioned before,
Desoto State Park is very near Cloudmont, and it
features an incredible campground, hiking, mountain
biking, waterfalls, a pool, a lodge and cabins.
Other local attractions include Desoto Falls, Mentone, Little River, Little River Canyon,
Little River Canyon Center, Mentone, Sequoyah Caverns,
Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, and more.
In summary, we have driven right by Cloudmont dozens of times,
turning-up our noses at the cute little ski slope.
Skiing in Alabama? Really? Well yes. We know better now.
It's a great family destination packed with affordable
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Entry Date: February 2013
Long long ago, in the years BC (before children), Rebecca
and I traveled out west to ski annually. We enjoyed skiing at Squaw
Valley, Heavenly (Lake Tahoe), Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Loveland,
Crested Butte (CO), and Taos (NM). So, when we first saw the roadside sign for
Alabama's Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort on an afternoon drive along
Lookout Mountain many years ago, we laughed. Skiing in Alabama? Really?
We were ski snobs.
Fast forward 15 years. Now we have kids, four to be exact. The cost of
an annual ski trip out west is not within this family's budget. We have
taken a couple of trips to Cataloochee Ski Area near Maggie Valley, North
Carolina where the kids have had lessons and learned the basics.
Unfortunately, a southeastern ski trip
like that can be pretty painful to the family pocketbook too.
So, one day we were eating at the Wildflower Cafe' in Mentone Alabama,
and we started talking with a family that has just left Cloudmont Ski
and Golf Resort. They were laughing and talking about how great of a
time they had, and they were skiers. It sparked our interest, and so we
had to check it out first-hand.
One of our favorite
campgrounds is located at
State Park, just a few minutes from Cloudmont Ski and Golf, so we
booked a long weekend around President's day. It had been unseasonably
warm weather, but several nights of cold leading-up to the weekend meant
they were making snow (they need 18 hours of temps 28 degrees or less to
open). We were waiting at the ticket window when they opened that Monday
We rented equipment for the kids and paid for all-day lift tickets. The
lift is a tow rope, but that's actually pretty good for beginners
because they can exit the lift at any elevation of the slope. As I
mentioned, the kids have had a couple of lessons, but their ski-time was
limited. Fortunately (for us), there were very few people on the slope
that day, so the kids were able to ski all day long with no waiting at
the lift. By the end of the day, they were all pretty good. John Micah
was even skiing backwards.
Now understand, Cloudmont is no Rocky Mountain ski resort. There is a
mere 150' drop on their two parallel running slopes. It is what it is,
but it is a load of fun and a great experience for the kids (and
grown-ups too). It's also very affordable (compared to other ski
destinations). Kids under 12 can rent equipment and ski all day for less
than $40. Check their website for prices because they vary based on
weekdays, weekend, and holidays.
We've decided to make Cloudmont a regular stop in the winter, and maybe
even other seasons. They have a very affordable golf course and there is
even horseback riding available. Nearby Desoto State Park and a
virtually limitless selection of other area attractions makes this an
awesome destination. We give it six thumbs-up.
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The Southern Museum
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website is basic, fairly clean, but has a few odd internal
links and is lacking in sufficient photographs. It gets the
job done though.
The quality of skiing here is
subjective. It depends greatly on your expectations and ski
snobbery. We avoided Cloudmont for years because we were
used to skiing out west. Little did we know that this could
be a lot of fun too. No, it's not Tahoe, but it's pretty
Cloudmont's par 63
Saddle Rock, has 9 holes and 18
tees, so you can actually play it like an 18 hole golf
course. It's a budget course, perfect for a family of
novices or a group of buddies enjoying the camaraderie of
stress free golf.
Greens fees: 9 holes: $7, 18 holes: $9
Cart Fee: 9 holes: $7 18 holes: $9
We have not stayed in one of Cloudmont's
chalets or cabins, nor have we looked in one. We cannot rate
them at this time. CHALETS: With kitchen: $75.00 ; w/o
kitchen: $65.00 (occupancy for 4); $75.00 Cabin with
Fireplace (sleeps 2) Chalets do not have TV’s or Telephone’s
$5.00 Additional for each over 4. NO PETS.
We suggest nearby
Desoto State Park, one of our all-time favorite
destinations. Desoto State Park has awesome full-hookup RV
sites (water, electric, sewer, cable), primitive campsites,
a pool, hiking, waterfalls, and much more.
Shady Grove Dude Ranch, located adjacent the ski and
golf area, provides one and two hour horseback riding
excursions on the 800+ acre wilderness.
1 hour Waterfall Rides $25
2 hour Waterfall Rides $40
There appear to be loys of secondary dirt
roads and trails around the 800+ acre property. I assume
mountain biking might be pretty good here.
While we didn't spend much
time looking for rocks here, Lookout Mountain has proven to
be a great source for fossils and semi-precious stones. I
found a few stones of interest.
Desoto State Park, Desoto Falls, Little River, Little
Little River Canyon Center, Mentone, Sequoyah Caverns,
Lookout Mountain, etc.
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