Winter Resort Update for Dec. 5 & 6: What Are Options at Resorts for This Weekend?

Published Friday, December 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm
Beech Mountain Resort has been making snow for a couple days in an attempt to open this weekend. No decision has been made yet.

Beech Mountain Resort has been making snow for a couple days in an attempt to open this weekend. No decision has been made yet.

By Jesse Wood

While the High Country is experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend, those visiting for some winter fun are still in luck. While all of the resorts aren’t fully open, sledding, skiing/snowboarding and ice skating are all options this Saturday and Sunday.

The Beech Mountain Sledding Hill

Cold temperatures graced the Sled Hill on Beech Mountain and the town was able to make some great snow. The Sled Hill will be open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this weekend that looks to be clear and sunny.

More information call Buckeye Recreation Center at 828-387-3003.

Ice Skating at Appalachian Ski Mtn.

While skiing and snowboarding won’t happen on Appalachian Ski Mtn. this weekend because of the fluctuating warm temperatures, the resort’s Ice Arena will open for ice skating on a regular schedule for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with sessions offered from 12-2 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

For more information, click here.

“We are pretty much just waiting for the weather,” Appalachian Ski Mtn. spokesperson Drew Stanley said.

Sugar Mountain Resort is Open

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort is back open. Guests can expect to ride the Summit Express chairlift to Sugar’s peak servicing the Northridge, Switchback, Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. Six to 20 inches of manmade packed powder and frozen granular snow cover the slopes.

The full day session runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The half-day session begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Twilight sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. The night session operates from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Sugar’s 10,000 square foot outdoor ice rink is open and the tubing park will open as soon as weather permits.

Please view Sugar’s webcams for a real time look at the slopes, the ice skating rink and the tubing park.

The Sugar Mountain Ski and Snowboard School and the Equipment Rental Shop are 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.

For more information please call 800-SUGAR-MT or view for the latest slope and weather conditions.

Hawksnest is Closed

Hawksnest announced that it would be closed for tubing this weekend:

“Unfortunately due to a warm weather pattern, we will not be open for snowtubing this weekend.  Hopefully the weather will be better conditions for snow making and snowtubing next week.”

Beech Mountain Still Up in the Air

Beech Mountain Resort has been making snow for the past couple days, but it still hasn’t announced that it will be open this weekend. Marketing Director Talia Freeman didn’t respond immediately to whether or not it would open this weekend.

For updates on Beech Mountain Resort, click here.



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