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North Carolina’s High Country is a bonafide winter sports destination. Three regionally distinctive downhill ski resorts within minutes of each other demand more than a rushed, single-day road trip to the slopes. Those diverse ski areas are anchored by equally unique resort towns. Banner Elk, Boone, and Blowing Rock offer a range of restaurants, diverse lodging, and attractions, that span a price spectrum from luxe to minimal bucks. Sugar Mountain Resort sits in the heart of the High Country—and there’s no better time than the heart of the ski season to ski Sugar or neighboring slopes. Between the Martin Luther King, Jr. and President’s Day holidays, there’s a sweet spot of snowy, peak season skiing. A midweek ski trip in the heart of the season virtually guarantees maximum excitement and ski time on the slopes—with ski up to the chairlift convenience.

This is nationally significant skiing. Sugar’s neighboring town of Banner Elk has been proclaimed a “ski town” by Ski Magazine. And the very highest High Country peaks net as much snow as Buffalo, New York! And all that is less than 3 hours away from many major Southern cities—so there’s no need to make plane reservations or plan months ahead. Slopes For Everyone Sugar Mountain’s impressive distinctions include its status as the South’s biggest ski  area—with twenty slopes and 115 acres of skiing. Sugar also has North Carolina’s greatest vertical drop, 1,200 feet, and the longest run, a mile-and-a-half. Sugar’s massive snowmaking system and meticulous slope-grooming is good news for beginners and experts alike. Sugar Mountain’s Professional Ski Instructor of America ski school is renowned for ski and snowboard instruction. To go with that, Sugar has the High Country’s most extensive beginner terrain, including a “magic carpet” lift for never-ever skiers, and a separate chairlift and slopes called Easy Street.

Sugar also has the area’s best advanced skiing, including the region’s only double-black diamond expert run—ridiculously steep Whoopdeedoo—and Boulder Dash and Tom Terrific. A high-tech, cable-assisted grooming machine ensures perfect conditions on even the steepest slopes. For snowboarders and freestyle skiers, there’s an entire terrain park of exciting features. And you can’t beat the scenery! Even intermediate skiers can start on one of the most spectacular summits in the South, where frost-coated trees frame views of three states. Easier ski runs wander through snowy forests. Options Aplenty

There’s as much to do off the slopes as on—day and night. Get giddy soaring down Sugar’s 700-foot tubing runs. Glide around a 10,000 square-foot outdoor ice skating rink. Or take the region’s only resort-guided snowshoe tours—and see why this easy winter adventure is a new favorite of families nationwide. Lodging is truly diverse at Sugar Mountain. Ski right from the door of your guest room, condo, or rental home—near the base lodge, or from spectacular accommodations near the summit with knock-your-socks-off views. Or just withdraw into winter and cocoon in the secluded snowy woods.

Chill out if you like, but off-slope options will distract even a couch potato. The surrounding area offers sophisticated spas, winery tastings and tours, great shopping, hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a drive to the top of Grandfather Mountain. With options like that—and great snow conditions—mid-winter at Sugar Mountain is a sweet spot sure to deliver a memorable multi-day ski trip.


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