Sugar Mountain First To Open for Skiing, Riding, Opens Briefly Following McCrory Visit

Published Monday, November 16, 2015 at 9:05 am

Sugar Mountain Resort opened on Sunday. Photo by Ken Ketchie

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort located in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina opened on Sunday for skiing and snowboarding.

“[Sunday’s] opening follows a magical ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration of the Summit Express chairlift. Governor McCrory expressed the positive impact Sugar Mountain Resort and snow sports have on the North Carolina economy,” said Sugar Mountain Resort President Gunther Jochl.

A hearty shot of cold temperatures descended upon Sugar Mountain early Friday morning and at 4:00 a.m. snowmaking began and has been nonstop ever since.

Sugar Mountain Resort said skiers and snowboarders could expect a six to twelve inch base with some thin areas on a manmade and frozen granular surface. The Summit Express was in operation to Sugar’s peak servicing the Northridge, Switchback, Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. The full day session ran from 9:00 am until 4:30 p.m. The half-day session began at 12:30 p.m. and ended at 4:30 p.m. Please view for slope and weather conditions.

The Sugar Mountain Ski and Snowboard School and the Equipment Rental Shop were both fully operational. Sugar Mountain Sports Shop, located in the Base Lodge, is open and features the finest in winter apparel and footwear, quality gift items, and souvenirs. It’s a great place to begin your holiday shopping. Plus, new winter items are arriving daily. If you have a group please contact the Group Sales Department. They will be happy to accommodate you.

Sugar’s 10,000 square foot outdoor ice rink and tubing park are scheduled to open as soon as weather permits. Visit to see both activities opening progress.

For more information please call 800-SUGAR-MT or view for the latest slope and weather conditions. Historical opening and closing dates as well as recorded annual natural snowfall measurements can be found at




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