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Cutting New Slope at Sugar Mountain


Feb. 3, 2014. Sugar Mountain Resort’s new ski slope drops off the dog leg of Northridge and Switchback. The blue square, intermediate level rated slope features a variety of changing terrain. Just off Switchback is a short steep section. It then gently transitions to a flat cruiser. 

From there, the slope rolls into a challenging but pleasant steep pitch, which eventually levels out to the left and finally merges with Easy Street. 

The new slope is expected to be 2,000 feet long, 150 feet wide and ready for skiing and riding at the start of the 2014-15 winter season. Snowmaking facilities as well as lights for night skiing and riding will be installed.

Throughout the summer and fall moths, Sugar Mountain Resort added snowmaking hydrants and replaced all existing snowmaking pipes on the Big Red slope. 

“The overhaul of the snowmaking infrastructure on Big Red provides the opportunity to cover the slope quicker and more efficiently than in years past,” said Gunther Jochl, owner and president of Sugar Mountain Resort. 

Big Red is often called Sugar’s best kept secret. The wide and gentle cruiser services Sugar Ski and Country Club. NASTAR competitions, the area’s local High Country Junior Race Series and the overly popular Monday Night Adult Ski League are all held on Big Red.

New to Sugar’s management team is Amber Guffey, who in late August became the Retail Merchandise Manager. Mrs. Guffey grew up just down the mountain in Conover. She has been working in retail for 14 years and begins her first year at Sugar Mountain Resort. 

Sugar Mountain Resort is North Carolina’s largest snow sports resort providing the best skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing and snowshoeing experience possible. Historical winter season opening and clising dates as well as annual snowfall can be found here

For additional information, please call Sugar Mountain Resort at 800-SUGARMT or visit www.skisugar.com.