Dec. 7, 2012. Though Sugar Mountain Ski Resort remains open with a 7-29 inch base, four slopes and one lift in operation, SugarFest has been rescheduled and will be held next weekend, December 14th through the 16th. The schedule of activities remains the same; only one weekend later.
Weekend festivities begin Friday, December 14th when the Nineteenth Annual Pre-Season Ski Clinic introduces Olympic Gold Medalist Diann Roffe to an eager group of enthusiasts taking part in three days of personalized instruction on the slopes. The all-inclusive clinic is open to everyone and includes three days on the slopes, video analysis, tuning seminar, and a banquet Saturday night.
Later that evening at 7 p.m., 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie, will perform his signature skate routines for the public. The approachable Wylie is a great showman who interacts with all the skaters, from beginners to expert. 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.
During the evening’s skate show on Sugar’s 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice rink, delight in the beginning of the three-day SugarFEAST. To keep you warm and well-hydrated a hot chocolate and whip cream bar will flow creamy, smooth chocolate pleasures.
The weekend, in what has become a ‘can’t miss’ opportunity, ski and snowboard manufacturers roll out the newest equipment for an unmatched demo inventory that allows any valid lift ticket holder with a driver’s license to sample the latest in ski and snowboard technology.
Participating brands include Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, Atomic, Dynastar, Rossignol, Ride and Line. Bring your boots, register, and test drive the ‘good stuff’ from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The SugarFest demo is brought to you by Ski Country Sports.
SugarFEAST continues throughout the weekend. Browse through the cafeteria line each day to 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. The fireworks continue with an impressive fireworks display you can take in from the base lodge just before 6 p.m. as you kick off your boots and enjoy great food and warm drinks. Live bluegrass music from SugarFest’s favorite local music group, BOSS HAWG delivers a footstompin’ good time. The Last Run Lounge will feature SugarBrew’s award winning “best in show” Southern Tier, Choklat, Porter brewed in Lakewood, NY. Of course, a good ole German beer, Spaten will be on tap among others. No shortage of beverage selection here.
On Sunday, December 16th beginning at 10 a.m., come out and watch or throw down with some of the area’s most daring and creative riders and skiers as they deliver thrilling entertainment during the Rail Jam. Over $4,500 in cash, prizes and giveaways, courtesy of Alpine Ski Center, RIDE Snowboards, Salomon, Burton, Scott, Oakley, 686, One Ball Jay, The North Face, Dalbello and Dakine. Be sure to preregister at any Alpine Ski Center throughout the Southeast.
To enjoy the total SugarFest experience, you’ll want to spend a night or two on the mountain. All 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 the 10th Annual SugarFest Celebration go to www.skisugar.com/sugarfest or call 1-800-SUGAR-MT and become part of another Sugar Mountain fun-filled festivity.