Sugar Mountain Resort is located in the beautiful Village of Sugar Mountain, right off of Hwy 184. Sugar Mountain also boasts the largest vertical drop (1200 feet) in the state.
Sugar Mountain Resort will continue to have implementation of the NCSAA Ski Well, Be Well campaign this season as well as follow any state and local guidance. Please note that this is subject to change.
Sugar Mountain has had a busy offseason.
The North Carolina resort is putting the finishing touches on a new 2,000 foot long, fixed-grip chairlift to replace the former triple Green chairlift. The new lift has been renamed the Big Birch chairlift and will service the Big Birch Slope as well as provide access to Oma’s Meadow.
Sugar has also added a new 600W Piston Bully Winch Cat to the mountain operations fleet, and added five additional, fully automated SMI snow-making machines on Oma’s Meadow.
One of the biggest changes, however, will be noticeable as you pull into the resort as the entrance and parking lots around the base lodge have been paved.
Sugar Mountain Ice Skating
Added in 2007, Sugar Mountain offers a 10,000-square-foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink!
The ice skating rink is tentatively scheduled to open on Thanksgiving day with 6 daily sessions. Skate sessions are 1 ¾ hours long and are available at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Three hundred pairs of rental skates are available. Special session bookings can be accommodated upon request. The ice rink is located adjacent to parking lot D and the Tubing Park.
For additional events, visit Sugar’s event calendar by clicking here: Sugar Mountain Event Calendar
Sugar Mountain is the largest ski area in North Carolina by about 20 acres (total of 115 acres of skiable terrain).
The popular mountain offers some great stay-and-play ski packages with area lodging companies.
The lodge at the base of the mountain offers ski and snowboard rentals, cafeterias, a lounge, a sports shop, a locker room and a gift shop.
Sugar also offers snowshoeing (unique to the area), a snowboarding park that is closed to skiers, and a 700-foot-long tubing park that is fun for the whole family!
Sugar Mountain may offer some of the most dramatic panoramic views from atop their mountain. The ride to the top is notoriously slow, however it is worth every minute as you will experience some of the best views in the region.
SkiSoutheast.com andSkiNorthCarolina.com have long advised visitors to the area about Sugar Mountain’s great beginner terrain. Easy Street, which is somewhat segregated from the main slopes, offers a gentle grade that is perfect for new skiers and snowboarders. Also, for those who are a little “anxious” about riding high chairlifts, you will love the lift on Easy Street, as it will allow you to get acclimated for when you’re ready to move up to more challenging trails.
Advanced skiers will want to try Tom Terrific, Boulder Dash and Whoopdedoo, which are all favorites for more experienced skiers. Whoopdedoo is the only double-black diamond trail in the area.
Want a Little Competition?
Sugar Mountain’s racing program includes weekend NASTAR races and highly competitive invitational races. There are many types of races scheduled during the season for competitors and spectators. Snowboarding comps, youth racing and more.
The perfect place for adults to end a day of fine skiing is within the Last Run Lounge, located in the base lodge. They offer all of your favorite adult beverages and you can hang with your friends and perhaps even make some new ones. The Last Run Lounge offers televisions (usually showing the weather channel or sports), great snacks and a warm fireplace.
Travel to the Resort
Hickory Regional Airport
About 50 minutes away
Charlotte Douglas International
About 93 miles away
Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA
2525 Highway 75