SugarFest returns Dec. 13-15

Article Published: Dec. 5, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 16, 2013
SugarFest returns Dec. 13-15

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Sugar Mountain Resort’s 11th annual SugarFest is scheduled for Dec. 13 to 15.

Weekend festivities begin Friday, Dec. 13, when the 20th annual Pre-Season Ski Clinic introduces two-time Olympic gold medalist Diann Roffe to an eager group of skiers taking part in three days of personalized instruction on the slopes. The all-inclusive clinic is open to serious ski racing enthusiasts. According to Sugar, “It includes video analysis, a ski tuning seminar, lift/slope tickets, a Saturday night banquet and the camaraderie of old and new friends.”

Later that evening at 7:30 p.m., 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie performs his signature skate routines free of charge for the public. The approachable Wylie eagerly interacts with anyone on or off the ice after the show. “If you’ve never seen or held a real Olympic gold or silver medal, stop by the ice rink,” Sugar Resort marketing director Kim Jochl said. “Paul and Diann will share their medals and Olympic experiences with you.”

And then there’s the beginning of the three-day SugarFEAST during the evening’s skate show on Sugar’s 10,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink. To keep folks warm and well-hydrated, a hot chocolate and whip cream bar will be available.

All day Saturday and Sunday, ski and snowboard manufacturers roll out their newest equipment for an extensive demo inventory. Any valid lift ticketholder with a driver’s license is welcome to sample the latest ski and snowboard equipment.

Participating brands include Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Rossignol, Ride and Line. Shoppers need only bring their boots and register to test-drive the goods from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

SugarFEAST continues throughout the weekend. Festivalgoers are invited to browse through the cafeteria line each day and experience the “Soup Safari.” Later at 5 p.m., Sugar will serve up some North Carolina barbecue and sweet tea.

At SugarFest, après-ski isn’t a thing of the past. A fireworks display will take place just before 6 p.m., with the deck at the base lodge offering a prime viewing location. Also at the lodge, folks can kick off their boots and enjoy hot food, warm drinks and live bluegrass music from area favorites Boss Hawg. The Last Run Lounge will feature SugarBrew’s award winning best in show — Greenville, S.C.-based Thomas Creek Brewery’s Up the Creek Extreme IPA — and the ever-popular Spaten, among others.

To learn more about SugarFest, visit, or call (828) 898-4521.

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