More from Sugar’s Saturday Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Click to Read

Above: Standing between Gunther and Kim Jochl, McCrory staged the formal event to loud cheers.

Below: A few minutes later, Kim Jochl took her own snip at the tape. Photos by Randy Johnson

kim jochl does some ribbon cutting of her own at Sugar Mountain

With Sugar Mountain closed after a landmark weekend dedicating a world-class new chairlift on Saturday and then skiing on Sunday, the ribbon cutting ceremony with Governor Pat McCrory stands out as a historic moment in Southern skiing.



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Randy Johnson
Johnson has been chronicling skiing in the South since the 1980s as a columnist for the Charlotte Observer and author of the 1987 “cult classic” "Southern Snow: The Winter Guide to Dixie" (soon to be republished). Johnson is a Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel writer whose articles have appeared in many national newspapers and magazines, including the Miami Herald, National Geographic Traveler, Ski, and Skiing. His new University of North Carolina Press book "Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon," debuts next April. Visit him at