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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:
    1:55 pm on November 15 / Watauga County Hospital Heliport
    33° F
    Wind Speed:0 mph
    Barometer:29.91 in
    Dewpoint:33 °F
    Visibility:4.00 mi
    Sunrise:7:03 a.m.
    Sunset:5:20 p.m.
    Marginal snowmaking conditions right now. 

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    News about Sugar Mountain

    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

    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.

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