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Sugar Mountain

Banner Elk, North Carolina

Vertical drop:1,200 feet
Base elevation:4,100 feet
Peak elevation:5,300 feet
Skiable acres:125
Longest run:1.5 miles
Trails:21

Photo provided by John Sherwood.
With its 1,200-foot vertical, Sugar Mountain is the largest ski resort south of West Virginia, and one of few resorts breaking a 1,000-foot vertical south of New England. The mountain is located in Banner Elk, North Carolina - a 7-hour drive from D.C., but less than three from Charlotte, Knoxville, and Winston-Salem, and a little over four hours from Atlanta. For DCSki’s growing southern readership, Sugar delivers a big mountain experience close to home.

The mountain offers skiers and boarders trails spread out over 115 acres. The lower mountain features graceful groomers, perfect for lower intermediates. The summit, however, will surprise even seasoned experts with several narrow, expert trails sporting 60-percent pitches. Snowboarders are allowed on all trails and the resort offers a 700-foot tubing run with its own lift. Sugar receives over 60 inches of natural snow annually, which is supplemented with 100 percent snowmaking.

In 2007, Sugar Mountain also added a 10,000 square foot refrigerated, outdoor ice skating rank. In 2008, Sugar Mountain invested $300,000 in snowmaking improvements. In 2010, Sugar Mountain upgraded its Red Lift with a new drive station and new chairs. In 2014, the resort added a brand new intermediate trail, Gunther’s Way.

There are approximately 1,000 beds located in condos on the mountain and another 10,000 beds located within 15 miles of the resort.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Sugar Mountain
Vertical Drop: 1,200 feet
Base Altitude: 4,100 feet
Peak Altitude: 5,300 feet
Trails:
  • 34% beginner
  • 52% intermediate
  • 14%
  • Skiable Acres: 125
    Longest Run: 1.5 miles
    Lift Capacity: 8,800 per hour
    Lifts: 8 (1 triple, 4 doubles, 3 surface lifts)
    Night Skiing: Yes, on 15 slopes.
    Terrain Park: Yes
    Halfpipe: (No halfpipe)
    Tubing Park: 700-foot tubing runs
    Address: P.O. Box 369
    Banner Elk, NC 28604
    Phone: (828) 898-4521
    Latitude: 36.131913
    Longitude: -81.855354
    Links: http://www.skisugar.com/
    Conditions near Sugar Mountain:
    9:35 am on January 19 / Watauga County Hospital Heliport
    37° F
    Fog
    Humidity:100%
    Wind Speed:0 mph
    Barometer:29.98 in
    Dewpoint:37 °F
    Visibility:0.25 mi
    Sunrise:7:37 a.m.
    Sunset:5:39 p.m.
    Probably too warm for snowmaking right now. 

    Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

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    Snow Conditions at Sugar Mountain:
    Sugar Mountain
    Jan 18, 2019 at 8 pm
    Frozen Granular 38-72" base 14 of 21 trails open
    4 of 7 lifts open

    News about Sugar Mountain

    The Season So Far

      January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.

    Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open

      December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.

    Canaan Valley Resort Recognized by Liftopia’s Best in Snow Awards

      December 28, 2017 - On December 20, 2017, Liftopia announced its Second Annual Best in Snow Awards, and Mid-Atlantic ski area Canaan Valley Resort received top billing in two categories.

    The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off

      December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.

    What’s New for 2017: Sugar Mountain

      November 5, 2017 - Sugar Mountain has updated its snowmaking system over the summer, replacing the oldest of its four water pumps with a new high-efficiency, variable-speed pump capable of pushing 1,000 gallons of water per minute to the North Carolina resort’s snowmaking guns

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