Sugar Mountain Ski Resort Insider’s Guide

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort NC

Our village surrounds the Sugar Mountain Resort that features 125 acres of ski terrain on 21 slopes, with 8 lifts for rapid transport. In fact, it offers the most ski area and the largest vertical drop (1,200 feet) in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. With skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating and snowshoeing, there’s fun for the entire family for a winter getaway. Find a variety of places to stay near the slopes  – including vacation rentals and mountain homes of all sizes.

The summit at almost 5,300 feet elevation averages more than 70 inches of natural powder each season. Ski slopes typically open by Thanksgiving thanks to an extensive snow-making system. Depending on mother nature, they remain open into March.

Since we are a ski town, find everything you need – including many ski equipment rental shops, winter sport stores, restaurants and many other things to do nearby. Plan to stay an extra day or two to enjoy all the fun off the slopes!

Jan 2021 Update:  Holiday periods and weekends will sell-out early in the day – sometimes before 10 AM. Please plan a midweek trip if possible. Tickets & parking are more limited this season. First come, first serve. Lift tickets go on sale for day session at 8:00 am, and night session at 5:00 pm. No online tickets.

Find many safety procedures including mask requirement to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (see latest advisory). Skiing is naturally a low-risk activity since it is outdoors with plenty of space on the slopes and lifts. Plus, standard gear includes face coverings, googles, gloves and helmets. Read the complete Ski Well Be Well procedures (PDF) adopted by the NC Ski Areas Association.

For the latest information and slope conditions, go to the Sugar Mountain Resort Website. Phone: 828-898-4521.

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort

Stay on the Mountain
Find cozy mountain cabins, convenient slope-side condos and luxury home rentals of all sizes on our mountain. It’s all about convenience at Sugar Mountain – with two grocery stores for stocking your kitchen and many restaurants within a few minutes of the slopes. Check out our places to stay!

Ski Packages & Specials
Find many discounts and ways to save! See our list of current specials and promotions for skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating.

Ski Lessons
Sugar Bear Ski School and Polar Bear Snowboard School teach skiing to kids ages 5-10 and snowboarding to kids ages 7-14. Ski and snowboard group and private lessons are available for all levels, ages and abilities. Whether this is your first time skiing or snowboarding, or you’ve been skiing or riding for years, you are sure to improve your skills.

Equipment Rental
Rent skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, poles, jackets, bibs and more at the main Lodge (go there first and buy lift ticket there). Get details on the resort website. Also, find several options to rent and buy equipment at the entrance of Sugar Mountain – see our Shopping Guide.

Trail Map
Plan ahead and check out all the options. See a map of the slopes and lifts.

Snow Tubing Park
No experience needed! Everyone enjoys a fun trip on provided tubes down groomed lanes at Sugar Mountain Resort. A Magic Carpet lift brings you back to the top for continuous riding. Read more.

Ice Skating
One of the town’s tennis courts is transformed into a 10,000 square foot ice skating rink, with plenty of rental skates available. 1.5-hour sessions begin every two hours. It’s located near the tubing runs, across the street from the ski lodge. Read more.

Snowshoe Tours
Head out with a guide to explore the snowy forests along the slopes. Read more.

Great news! Parking and shuttles are free. On busy days, especially Saturdays and holidays, there will be multiple parking lots near the lodge and at the main entrance of Sugar Mountain. Ice Skating and Tubing has a separate parking area, across the street from the lodge (golf/tennis center).

Free Village Shuttle Bus
Ride the Sugar Bus at no charge on most weekends from condos and rentals on the mountain to the ski lodge. Read more.

Tickets & Hours
Slope tickets can be purchased at the main ticket windows in front of the main lodge, in the Rental Department, and in the Ski School building. Go to the Resort Website for rates. Also,  see a list of ski discounts.

  • Day Session: 9 am-4:30 pm
  • Half-Day Session: 12:30-4:30 pm
  • Night Session: 6-10 pm
  • Tubing: 10 am-10 pm
  • Ice Skating: 10 am-10 pm
  • Open every day, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

Sugar Mountain Weather
Our weather high in the Blue Ridge Mountains can change quickly! Four-wheel drive is always recommended especially if you stay higher on the mountain. Since we are in the south, we always have warmer spells that affect slope conditions. On other days, be prepared for below zero wind chills. For the local’s weather forecast for the lodge area, go to Ray’s Weather – temperatures are often 5+ degrees colder at the summit.

Driving in Snow
See our Winter Weather & Driving Tips to help you prepare for your trip.

For the latest information and slope conditions, go to the Sugar Mountain Resort Website. Phone: 828-898-4521.

Snowboarding Sugar Mountain

Ski Resort Events

  • SugarFest, December 11-13, 2020: SugarFest is a weekend of winter fun at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort with ski clinics by Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht, equipment demos, after ski party with fireworks on Saturday, and more. Go to their website for details.
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration: Moved to January 2 due to weather.
  • Winter Trails Day, January 3, 2021: Children and adults new to snow sports have the chance to try snowshoeing for FREE. 45-minute tours 9-4.
  • March Madness, March 8, 2021 – End of Season: Get up to 25% savings on lift tickets, rental equipment, and lessons.
  • Live Music: Enjoy free live music inside the lodge most Saturdays 4-6 PM.

Ski Lodge Address
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain, North Carolina 28604
Note: When you reach the mountain, be sure to go to the main entrance of Sugar Mountain (use GPS address 106 Sugar Mountain Dr) at the blinking light and big sign. Often, GPS will tell you to turn too early – taking you on a very curvy and hilly road.

For the latest information and slope conditions, go to the Sugar Mountain Resort Website. Phone: 828-898-4521.

More Info: Winter Things to Do | Shopping (Groceries to Sporting Goods) | Restaurant Guide | Social Distancing Things to Do