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SugarFest 2014 Starts Today at Sugar Mountain Resort; Snow, Sports, Shopping, Food and Fun


By Madison Fisler Lewis

Dec. 2, 2014. Grab your gear and head to the slopes! Sugar Mountain Resort’s annual SugarFest will take place Dec. 12-14 and will feature an entire weekend stuffed full of fun and exciting activities for snow sports fanatics of all kinds to enjoy.

“We’ve had fantastic snowfall this winter so far,” said Kim Jochl, vice president of Sugar Mountain Resort. “We have had close to 27 inches of natural snowfall, and we had a record weekend for Thanksgiving last weekend. Conditions are fantastic and people are coming and having a great time, and participating in our activities to the fullest. Winter is back, and we are excited.”

It all starts on Friday, Dec. 12, when the 21st annual Pre-Season Ski Clinic begins the first of three days of personalized slope instruction open to ski racing enthusiasts. Friday will also feature a hot chocolate bar; a performance and meet and greet session with Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist Paul Wylie; and an autograph session.

“It is a free performance,” Jochl said. “He performs with a group of aspiring young skaters that he coaches in Charlotte, they come up and do a really fun performance. After that, all of the kids and Wylie skate around with people, and people get a chance to talk to him. He brings his silver medal along so people can touch a real Olympic medal and take pictures.”

Saturday will bring consumer demos, a Soup Safari, fireworks and an after ski party with live music. After the fireworks show at 6 p.m. on Saturday, take some time to relax after a great day on the slopes. The Last Run Lounge will feature SugarBrew’s award winning “best in show” Oskar Blues’, G’Knight Imperial Red IPA brewed in Longmont, Co.  Of course, the good ole German beer, Spaten will be on tap, among others.

On Sunday, the ice skating, Soup Safari and live demos continue, and the preseason adult ski clinic will take place throughout the entire weekend.

Each day, take part in the three-day SugarFEAST, held in the cafeteria, where you can enjoy the Soup Safari, North Carolina barbeque and sweet tea.

“With SugarFEAST, food service offers many food options, including fresh made soups in the Soup Safari and barbeque and sweet tea, all in the cafeteria,” Jochl said.

Guests can also enjoy a multitude of other activities such as tubing, snowshoeing and more. The highlight of the event are the product demos, organized and sponsored by Ski Country Sports.

“The demos are a huge part of this event,” Jochl said. “It is a great way for people to see the kind of products that are out there.”

And as always, slopes will be open for all skiers and riders of all skill levels. There is no entrance fee for SugarFest, just pay for what you want to do.

“I think that the season’s early start has created a lot of excitement,” Jochl said. “Winter is here, and with the winter atmosphere here, this will be a great weekend.”

The complete schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, Dec. 12

  • 8:30 a.m. – Preseason adult ski clinic
  • 10 a.m. – Ice skating and tubing
  • 6 p.m. – Hot chocolate and whipped cream bar
  • 7 p.m. – 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist Paul Wylie performance and meet and greet session
  • 7:30 p.m. – Olympic Champion autograph signing

Saturday, Dec. 13

  • 8:30 a.m. – Preseason adult ski clinic
  • 9 a.m. – Consumer demos sponsored by Ski Country Sports
  • 10 a.m. – Ice skating and tubing
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – Soup Safari
  • 4 p.m. – After Ski Party with music by BOSS HAWG
  • 5:45 p.m. – Fireworks display

Sunday, Dec. 14

  • 8:30 a.m. – Preseason adult ski clinic
  • 9 a.m. – Consumer demos sponsored by Ski Country Sports
  • 10 a.m. – Ice skating and tubing
  • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Soup Safari

For more information about SugarFest, or about Sugar Mountain Resort, click here, or call 828-989-4521.

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The event will take place Dec. 12-14.
The winter sports festival is great for all ages.
Paul Wylie with his Olympic medal.
Figure skaters give a demonstration.

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