Of course Winter is our favorite season. Why? Because we have one of the best winter sports resorts in the South – Sugar Mountain Resort! From skiing and snowboarding, to ice skating and cross country skiing, you can’t beat Sugar Mountain’s slopes. For non-skiers, there is still plenty to do – shopping, attractions, spas and more! Below are some great winter activities:
The Tubing Park at Sugar Mountain Resort is located on the Sugar Mountain Golf Course and features 700 foot long tubing lanes and a Magic Carpet lift. The park offers lights for night tubing, regularly groomed lanes and snowmaking. Sessions are just under two hours long and run from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Sugar Mountain Resort’s 10,000 square foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink is the perfect place to experience the beauty of the mountains on skates! You can rent skates at the Dave Nixon Pro Shop (located beside the rink) and warm up inside with a sip of hot cocoa or enjoy a hearty meal.
Enjoy skiing and snowboarding at one of the South’s premier ski resorts, Sugar Mountain Resort. Choose from full day, half day, twilight or night sessions. Come as you are – equipment rentals and sports shop on-site. Beginners will enjoy learning skiing & snowboarding at either the Adult Ski & Snowboard School, or the Children’s Ski & Snowboard School. Groups are welcome and childcare is available. Visit the Sugar Mountain website for more information. Ski & Stay packages available through area lodging.
NEW! Sugar’s new Summit Express lift, a Doppelmayr high speed, detachable, six passenger chairlift is complete. Refurbishing and relocating the former Summit #1 lift (renamed to “GW” lift) to the bottom of Gunther’s Way is finished. The Summit #2 lift (renamed to “Little Gray” lift) has been shortened to the top of Easy Street Extension.
Explore Sugar Mountain’s winter wonderland with a Snowshoe Guided Tour. Tours range from a casual walk to an intense workout. Experienced guides will accommodate your needs. Each tour is one hour long and includes a snowshoe rental. Groups welcome.
Indoor pool, XArcade active gaming experience, exercise classes including pilates, interval training, spinning, yoga and zumba.
Sugar Mountain offers some of the closest lodging options for Grandfather Mountain. Located only 15 minutes away, Grandfather Mountain is home to the famous “Mile High Swinging Bridge,” the Nature Museum, Wildlife Habitat featuring bears, cougars, otters and more. Fun for all ages. Groups welcome. Open year-round, weather permitting.
Mine your own North Carolina gemstones! Grab a bucket and our expert staff will set you up on our flume line, then our staff will help you sort your gemstones and identify them. If desired, our expert gem cutters can cut your rough gemstones and set it into a piece of jewelry. Located across from the entrance to Sugar Mountain.
The original Mast General Store is not only a great place to shop, it’s a trip back in time. The original store hosts the Post Office and still offers 5 cent-a-cup coffee. In the store you’ll find gourmet country food, cast iron cookware, old-fashioned toys and more. Just 2/10 of a mile down the road, you’ll find the Mast General Store Annex, featuring an eclectic collection of clothing and outdoor gear and the old fashioned Candy Barrel.
Linville Caverns offers splendor and wonders that nature created inside a mountain. Experienced guides take you into the subterranean world, giving you a history of the caverns and allowing you to view the stalactites, stalagmites and underground stream. Open year round, but only on weekends December-February. Please visit the website for hours. Groups welcome.
Mountaintop alpaca farm and store. Guided walking tours let you get up close and personal with the alpacas, llamas, angora goats, guardian donkeys, dogs and other animals. Open year-round, weather permitting. Please call or visit our website for more information.
Located directly across from the entrance to Sugar Mountain, Serenity Day Spa offers a heavenly experience. Relax by the fire in the winter and on our patio during warmer months. Enjoy massages, facials, microdermabrasion, body treatments and more.
The Sugar Mountain area offers many art galleries with a range of talented artists. Our galleries include:
Alta Vista Gallery – Valle Crucis | www.altavistagallery.com
Art Cellar Gallery – Banner Elk | www.artcellaronline.com
Carlton Gallery – Banner Elk | www.carltongallery.com
Sally Nooney Gallery – Banner Elk | www.sallynooney.com
Southern Highland Craft Guild – Blue Ridge Parkway | www.southernhighlandguild.org
The Replay Hot Dog Bar & Arcade is a modern arcade in downtown Banner Elk. Opening in May 2017, this arcade is a perfect place to host a party, have a corporate event, and even just hang out. There is a wide variety of games with many new and maybe even an old school one from back in the day. There is a hot dog bar with a menu of all different varieties and famous pizza from Sorrento’s. We strive to create the perfect atmosphere for your night out.