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Sugar Mountain Ski Resort Opens Sunday Morning for Skiing, Riding; Full-Day and Half-Day Sessions Available

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Gunther and Kim Jochl were among the first skiers down the slopes at Sugar on Sunday morning.

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Sugar Mountain Ski Resort located in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina is open today, Sunday, Nov. 2 for skiing and snowboarding in the 2014-15 winter season. This marks the second earliest opening on record; just behind the Halloween opening two years ago.

“It’s exciting to get the winter season started early,” said Sugar Mountain Ski Resort Owner & President Gunther Jochl.

The arctic blast dropped eight to ten inches of natural snow on Sugar Mountain. Temperatures settled into the low 20’s creating an ideal snowmaking environment throughout the weekend. Snowmaking has been nonstop since late Friday evening, Oct. 31st.

Today skiers and snowboarders can expect a 10-30 inch base on a natural and manmade packed powder surface. The Summit #1 Lift is in operation to the ¾’s station servicing the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. Full day session runs from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The half-day session begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 4:30 pm. For a real time look at the slopes through the live, streaming web cam visit www.skisugar.com/cams.

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 for the season. It features the finest in winter apparel and footwear, quality gift items, and souvenirs; 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 www.skisugar.com/cams to see both activities opening progress.

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

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Kim Jochl of Sugar Moutain was among the first down the slopes on Sunday.
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Snowboarders hitting the slopes on Sunday morning, the first day of the ski season in the High Country.
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Clearing off the lodge deck with a snowblower.
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Kim Jochl of Sugar Mountain takes some pictures of the opening.
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Sugar Mountain Ski Resort owner Gunther Jochl
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A member of the Sugar Mountain ski patrol looks on.
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Weather Channel crew getting ready to interview snowboarders
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The Weather Channel interviews winter enthusiasts on opening day at Sugar Mountain.
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The Weather Channel crew on a snowmobile.
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Getting ready to ride.