Have fun in the snow at Sugar Mountain

12/09/2010  | 

Polar bears are fastening their skis and getting a jump on winter fun at Sugar Mountain in Banner Elk, N.C.  Billed as North Carolina’s largest ski area, Sugar Mountain offers winter sports enthusiasts a white playground, with an average annual snowfall of 78 inches as well as state-of-the-art snowmaking technology.

Adventures are endless, from skiing and skating to snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Sugar Mountain is a family resort,  notes marketing director Kim Jochl.  “Our ski school and our snowboard school cater to the little girl or boy wanting to ski or the little girl or boy wanting to snowboard.”  In addition to the Sugar Bear Ski School and Polar Bear Snowboard School for children, she says, the resort offers private and group lessons for parents and kids too. 

“There’s always time after the lessons for the family to ski together.”  Depending on their level of expertise, skiers and snowboarders can choose from among 20 groomed trails. With a peak elevation of 5,300 feet, Sugar Mountain is North Carolina’s only resort to feature a 1,200-foot vertical drop. 

Winter Value Packages offer reduced rates — up to 40 percent off lift tickets, rental equipment, lessons and lodging.  For instance, in early season — which runs through Sunday, Dec. 12 — guests can stay at Sugar Mountain Resort three, four or five nights and ski for two, three or four days, respectively, or stay Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and ski on Saturday and Sunday.  Meanwhile, they miss the peak-season crowds.  Ski or ride in the morning, tube in the afternoon, dine out at night, suggests Jochl. Everything is right there: restaurants, grocery stores, fast food. 

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