Sugar Mountain Launches Season 7
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Snowmaking at Sugar Mountain. Photo provided by Sugar Mountain Resort.
North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain Resort became the first ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic to begin its ski season this morning. The resort, located in Banner Elk, NC, took advantage of recent cold temperatures to make snow and secure the early opening date.

The slopes opened this morning at 9 a.m., with the Yellow lift servicing the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. Combined, the two slopes are approximately one mile long and cover a 1,000-foot vertical drop. Regular weekday pricing is in effect.

Sugar Mountain plans to continue making snow with favorable weather conditions, possibly opening slopes to the top of the mountain and starting night sessions by the weekend.

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About M. Scott Smith

M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.

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Reader Comments

November 19, 2002
All of the NC Resorts have webcams, and you can access them by going to

For the best view of the snowmaking progress, try this one of sugar

November 22, 2002
Sugar will be open top to bottom on Saturday 11/23/02. They received natural all day Friday. Anyone who has ever been there can tell you it is one intimidating mountain at the top. 1200 foot vertical, STTEEEPPP!!!!!!!
November 23, 2002
It does have a good steep, for NC!!! If only they would get a new lift! THINK MORE SNOW! )
John Sherwood
November 23, 2002
I visited Sugar in March of last year and came away thoroughly IMPRESSED. This is the Firsthand I wrote on the experience:
November 23, 2002
Amen, on that lift comment. Oh what could be if they would upgrade the lifts.
November 23, 2002
All of the High Country of North Carolina resorts will be open by the end of next week including Beech, Sugar, Appalachian and in a suprise Hawksnest. Hawksnest became tubing only last year but is back in the ski/boarding game this year. You wanna talk about a great mtn. that most people overlook, it is Hawksnest. They have the best black diamond run in NC/VA in Top Gun, IMHO. I think most locals would agree with Top Gun or Tom Terrific at Sugar
November 23, 2002
It is a really good resort! I just wish the lift could go a bit faster. It's set up really nice though, wide open area at bottom right (skiiers left) for learning. then the middle to the summit is all expert. very nice

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