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Sugar Mountain Ski Resort Presents ‘Gunther’s Way,’ A New Intermediate Slope with Changing Terrain

Sugar Mountain Resort President Gunther Jochl stands at the top of the brand new Gunther
Sugar Mountain Resort President Gunther Jochl stands at the top of the brand new Gunther”s Way slope in August

Oct. 14, 2014. Sugar Mountain Resort”s new ski slope, named Gunther”s Way, boldly captures attention upon entering the Village of Sugar Mountain. The new and highly-anticipated intermediate-level slope features a variety of changing terrain.

Situated on nine acres, Gunther”s Way is 150 feet wide and 2,900 feet long. An impressive 700-foot vertical guarantees an exciting challenge. Ten new SMI snow-making machines line the slope, ensuring quality snow coverage.

“If you put in a brand new slope and don”t expand the snowmaking system, you really haven”t made much of an improvement,” explained Sugar Mountain Resort President Gunther Jochl.

As a result, the pump house has been redesigned and rebuilt to accommodate an additional 1,000 gallon-per-minute vertical water pump. When all is said and done, the improvements are expected to cost more than $1,000,000.

Gunther”s Way, the new blue square, intermediate level slope, changes Sugar Mountain”s terrain classification to 34 percent easy, 52 percent intermediate and 14 percent most difficult. The ski area now spreads more than 125 skiable acres offering skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing and snowshoeing. Sugar is North Carolina”s largest snow-sports resort.

The Big Red slope has been renamed Oma”s Meadow. “Oma” is often a term of endearment and means grandmother in German-speaking countries. The wide and gentle cruiser services guests staying at Sugar Ski and Country Club. NASTAR, High Country Junior Race Series competitions and the local Monday Night Adult Race League area all held at Oma”s Meadow.

In addition to the outdoor physical improvements, a few inside have been made as well. A new website launched on Friday. Sugar”s Winter Value Package  is even more cost effective and convenient than ever before; offering multi-day, all session tickets. And you can now follow Sugar Mountain Resort on Instagram.

Historical winter season open and closing dates as well as annual snowfall can be found here. For more information, please call Sugar Mountain Resort at 800-SUGAR MT or visit the website here.

An arial view of Gunther
An arial view of Gunther”s Way as it stood in August.