By Jesse Wood
March 26, 2013. March Madness isn’t only taking place on the basketball courts, it’s also happening at Sugar Mountain Resort, which will remain open through Easter Sunday, March 31.
Due to the recent winter storms, the conditions atop Sugar are stellar, and with spring break happening for areas across the Southeast, folks from Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have trekked up the mountain.
“It’s fantastic. We got close to 12 inches of new natural snow with a 26 to 71 inch base,” said Kim Jochl of Sugar Mountain Resort, who was on the slopes Tuesday morning when High Country Press gave her a call. “100 percent of the slopes are open. It’s really fantastic, and its still coming down, and we got a couple powder areas, too.”
Each year, Sugar Mountain Resort holds discounts during “March Madness” when the lift tickets, lessons and rentals are 25-percent off. Because today is a snow day for Watauga and Avery County Schools, local kids will receive snow day rates, and Jochl said if the snow days continue that rate will still be in place.
Jochl said – off the top of her head – that she believed this was the longest consecutive opening for Sugar Mountain Resort, which opened during the Halloween winter storm.
According to a press release, on closing day by mid-afternoon on Easter Sunday, the sounds of live Bluegrass will be heard from the deck, and the outdoor grill will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers while the annual ceremonial snow burning officially concludes Sugar’s 2012-2013 winter season.
For more information, click to www.skisugar.com or call 828-898-4521 or 1-800-SUGARMT.