Photo via the Sugar Mountain Ski Resort email newsletter
Here's the press release from Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, which is the first ski area in WNC to open for the 2013-14 season:
SUGAR MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT
IS OPEN FOR THE 2013-14 WINTER SEASON
SUGAR MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, NORTH CAROLINA. November 13, 2013 - Sugar Mountain Ski Resort in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina is open today, Wednesday, November 13th for skiing and snowboarding. "It feels terrific to get the winter season started. A mid-November opening is typical for Sugar Mountain," said Owner & President Gunther Jochl.
Snowmaking began Sunday evening, November 10th and continued until mid-morning on the 11th. A brief warm-up shut snowmaking down for the day. However, the snow machines came back to life early Tuesday morning as temperatures steadily dropped throughout the day. Overnight temperatures settled in the single digits at the summit and mid-teens at the base, creating an ideal snowmaking environment. Snow flurries accompanied the polar express leaving a dusting of natural snow on Sugar Mountain. Snowmaking continues.
Today skiers and snowboarders can expect a 6-24 inch base on a manmade packed powder surface covering the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. The Summit #1 Lift is in operation to the 3/4's station. Lift/slope ticket prices are $30 for a full-day session and $25 for a half-day session. For a real time look at the slopes through the live, streaming web cam please log on to www.skisugar.com/sugarlive.
The Sugar Mountain Ski and Snowboard School and the Equipment Rental Shop are both fully operational. Sugar Mountain Sports Shop, located in the Base Lodge is open for the season. It features the finest in winter apparel and footwear, quality gift items, and souvenirs; a great place to begin your holiday shopping. Plus, new winter items are arriving daily. If you have a group please contact the Group Sales Department. They will be happy to accommodate you.
Sugar's 10,000 square foot outdoor ice rink and tubing park are scheduled to open as soon as weather permits. Visit www.skisugar.com/sugarlive/activity.phtml to see both activities opening progress.
For more information please call 800-SUGAR-MT or view www.skisugar.com for the latest slope and weather conditions. Historical opening and closing dates as well as recorded annual natural snowfall measurements can be found at www.skisugar.com/press/stats.
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