Sugar Mountain Resort

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Sugar Mountain Resort
North Carolina
United States
Phone: 828 898-4521

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About the Ski Resort

Sugar Mountain Resort is nestled in North Carolina's western high country, near Banner Elk, and is North Carolina's largest ski area.

Twenty trails spread over 115 skiable acres and a 1,200-foot vertical drop provide all levels of skiing.

Beginners and intermediates will love to cruise down the many wide-open runs.

Experts should check out moguled Tom Terrific and cruise Boulder Dash for a challenge.

Snowboarders are allowed on all trails, and the area is lighted for night skiing.

PSIA-certified instructors offer both group and private lessons daily. Sugar has some of the best teaching terrain to be found in the Southeast.

The Sugar Bear Ski School for 5- to 10-year-olds provides ticket, rental equipment and lessons. There is a nursery for the very young non-skiers.

The massive base lodge has everything under one roof: rental equipment, ski school, ski shop, two cafeterias, lounge, locker rooms and game room.

Sugar's base lodge is located on the same level as the highway. This means no bad hills or sharp curves. Bus groups love this feature.

Non-skiers can explore Boone, N.C. (approximately 14 miles), which offers movies, bowling, roller-skating and shopping.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: Yes
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  40 %

 More Difficult:  40 %

 Most Difficult:  20 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  4,100 ft
Summit elevation:  5,300 ft
Vertical drop:  1,200 ft
Skiable area:  115 acres
Annual snowfall:  78 in
Snowmaking:  100 %
Number of trails:  20
Number of lifts:  8
Types of lifts:  3 Surface Lifts,
 4 Double Chairs,
 1 Triple Chair

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  Yes
Adaptive skier:  Yes
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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Ski Resort directions

Sugar Mountain ski resort is located on NC Highway 184, 2 miles east of Banner Elk, North Carolina and 1 mile off NC Highway 105.
From points north, take I-81 south to TN 91 south to US 421 south to NC 105 south to NC 184 west then 2 miles to Sugar Mountain.

From the east, take I-40 west to (either) US 421 north to NC 105 south to NC 184 west or NC 181 north to NC 105 north to NC 184 west.

From the south, take I-85 north to US 221 north to NC 105 north to NC 184 west.

From the west, take I-81 north to I-181 south to TN 67 north to US 321 south to US 19E south to NC 194 north to NC 184 east.