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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

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
  • 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
    Conditions near Sugar Mountain:
    4:35 am on November 18 / Watauga County Hospital Heliport
    41° F
    Wind Speed:0 mph
    Barometer:30.00 in
    Dewpoint:31 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:06 a.m.
    Sunset:5:18 p.m.
    Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. 

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    News about Sugar Mountain

    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

    News Brief: Gold Card Provides State-Wide Skiing and Boarding to North Carolina Resorts

      November 4, 2017 - The $865 Gold Card acts as a season pass to North Carolina’s six ski areas, but is limited in sales to 100 passes and going fast.

    Several Mid-Atlantic Resorts Launch Season Post-Turkey Day

      November 27, 2016 - The Thanksgiving Holiday weekend saw the opening of several ski areas in the Mid-Atlantic region, thanks to a recent stretch of cold temperatures that enabled productive snowmaking.

    What’s New for 2015: Sugar Mountain Resort

      April 15, 2015 - North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain Resort is wasting no time announcing improvements for the 2015-2016 ski season. In late March, 2015, the ski area revealed that it will be installing a new “six pack” high-speed chairlift in time for the opening of the 2015-2016 winter season.

    It’s On: The Ski Season Kicks Off

      November 27, 2014 - The 2014-2015 ski season is about to kick off. While many people will be hitting the stores on Black Friday, diehard skiers and snowboarders will be pointing their cars away from the shopping malls and towards the mountains — where they’ll find a variety of ski resorts launching their winter season.

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    Reader Comments about Sugar Mountain

    2 years ago

    We need to update this page.  The new HS6 is up and running today.

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