Sugar Mountain Unofficial Kickoff for Winter Sports Season | Avery

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SUGAR MOUNTAIN – The Village of Sugar Mountain held their annual SugarFest December 10-12 at the Sugar Mountain Resort. The ‘Weekend of Winter Fun’ included demonstrations of the latest ski and snowboard equipment from different manufacturers, a ski clinic, food, drink, music and the opening ceremony of the new Big Birch quad chairlift.

Sugar Mountain also hosted the “Girls Go Shred Snowboard Day” presented by Edge of the World, where tips and tricks were offered to novices and advanced riders.

Unfortunately for visitors and track dwellers, the weather did not cooperate to the fullest. Some of the first events were on Saturday December 11 which, much to the dismay of the runners, featured a warm front with excessive rains throughout the day and into late night. Temperatures around 50 degrees and liquid precipitation are not the most effective combination for presenting winter sports activities.

The rebellious weather didn’t stop guests from enjoying the festivities on the mountain, however, and the powerful snowmaking capabilities during cooler periods kept the slopes at the correct snow depth.

Steven Walkers, a visitor to Easley, South Carolina, said of the imperfect weather: “It’s a bit nasty there, but we came for the weekend and there’s no way that we will not embark. “

“We have been to Sugar Mountain many times before. It’s a little wet and muddy, but my kids are still having fun, ”said another visiting customer, Nadine Travers.

Friday and Sunday produced better overall conditions for the event as the rain was mostly concentrated on Saturday.

“I think Sugar Mountain is the best ski mountain I’ve been to,” said Remy Johnson, who has climbed the mountain from Charlotte. “We came yesterday (Friday) too, and the weather was much better, but any luck I have to ski is a bonus for me.”

Sugar Mountain had four ski lifts open and eight total runs open for the weekend, offering essentially half of its total capacity. With a warm front remaining all week in the High Country, Christmas may be closer until natural snow graces the region’s mountain trails.

The unofficial kickoff to the winter sports season kept the success going throughout the weekend. The two Avery County ski resorts will see more visitors coming to the slopes in the coming months, including increased traffic to accommodation, food and shopping areas.

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