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SugarFest: Winter in the North Carolina Mountains is Back Dec. 13 Through 15 at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort

Dec. 2, 2013. Sugar Mountain Resort’s eleventh annual SugarFest is scheduled for December 13th through the 15th.

Weekend festivities begin Friday, December 13th when the twentieth Annual Pre-Season Ski Clinic introduces two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Diann Roffe to an eager group of skiers taking part in three days of personalized instruction on the slopes. The all-inclusive clinic is open to serious ski racing enthusiasts. It includes video analysis, a ski tuning seminar, lift/slope tickets, a Saturday night banquet and the camaraderie of old and new friends.

Later that evening at 7:30 p.m., 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie performs his signature skate routines free of charge for the public. The approachable Wylie is a great showman who eagerly interacts with anyone on or off the ice after the show. If you’ve never seen or held a real Olympic gold or silver medal, stop by the ice rink. Paul and Diann will share their medals and Olympic experiences with you.

Delight in the beginning of the three-day SugarFEAST during the evening’s skate show on Sugar’s 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice rink. To keep you warm and well-hydrated a hot chocolate and whip cream bar will flow creamy, smooth chocolate pleasures.

All day Saturday and Sunday ski and snowboard manufacturers roll out their newest equipment for an unmatched demo inventory. Any valid lift ticket holder with a driver’s license is welcome to sample the latest ski and snowboard equipment.

Participating brands include Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Rossignol, Ride and Line. Just bring your boots, register, and test drive the goods from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The SugarFest demo is brought to you by Ski Country Sports.

SugarFEAST continues throughout the weekend. Browse through the cafeteria line each day and experience the “Soup Safari”. Or later at 5 p.m. North Carolina BBQ and Sweet Tea should satisfy your appetite after a productive and rewarding day demoing the season’s new equipment.

At SugarFest, Aprs ski isn’t a thing of the past. A fireworks display will take place just before 6 p.m. The deck at the base lodge is a great place to take it all in. Kick off your boots and enjoy great food, warm drinks and live bluegrass music from favorite local music group, BOSS HAWG. The Last Run Lounge will feature SugarBrew’s award winning “best in show” Thomas Creek Brewery’s, Up the Creek Extreme IPA brewed in Greenville, SC. Of course, the good ole German beer, Spaten will be on tap among others. No shortage of beverage selection here.

Not to forget, tubing is always fun and doesn’t require much of anything. Snowshoeing on the other hand is a healthy workout in an environment you won’t experience on a treadmill.

To enjoy the total SugarFest experience, you’ll want to spend the weekend on the mountain. Participating lodging agencies within the Village of Sugar Mountain offer discounted rates for slope-side and on-mountain accommodations. Sugar Mountain Resort’s Winter Value Packages are available too.

To learn more about SugarFest go to www.skisugar.com/sugarfest or call 1-800-SUGAR-MT and become a part of Sugar Mountain’s fun-filled winter kick off.

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