Today, the Snow Burns at Sugar Mountain

Let it burn today at Sugar Mountain! Photo by Randy Johnson

Sugar Mountain shuts down the ski season after today’s fun in the sun with the ritual “burning of the snow.”

by Randy Johnson

Later this afternoon, the crowd of skiers, Sugar Mountain employees, and longtime season pass holders will see a another installment in Sugar’s rite of spring.

After a massive grooming machine piles up a ring of the seasons last snow, the fire is lit and the season symbolically subsides.

Griner1Kim Jochl promises, “Snow burning, live music, camaraderie, and other fun festivities!” The event usually involves sipping brews on the big deck beside the base lodge and today’s spectacular weather should provide the the perfect backdrop.”

The final day often includes costumes and even some Sugar devotees sporting dozens of season passes from years past, even many decades past.

Don’t miss it. Burn the snow today at Sugar.

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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