Sugar opens for 2013-14 season

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Article Published: Nov. 14 | Modified: Nov. 14
Sugar opens for 2013-14 season

Snow guns blanket the slopes at Sugar Mountain Resort, resulting in a six- to 24-inch base on a manmade packed powder surface.
Photo courtesy of Kim Jochl



This week’s bitter cold offered sweet conditions for Sugar Mountain Resort to open Wednesday, Nov. 13, for skiing and snowboarding.

“It feels terrific to get the winter season started,” resort owner and president Gunther Jochl said. “A mid-November opening is typical for Sugar Mountain.”

Snowmaking began Sunday evening, Nov. 10, and continued until mid-morning Nov. 11. 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 also left a dusting of natural snow on Sugar Mountain. As of press time Wednesday, Sugar reported that snowmaking continues.

As of Wednesday, skiers and snowboarders could expect a six- to 24-inch base on a manmade packed powder surface, covering the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. The Summit No. 1 Lift is in operation to the three-quarters station. Lift and 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, visit http://www.skisugar.com/sugarlive.

In addition, 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, featuring winter apparel, footwear, gift items and souvenirs, with new merchandise arriving daily.

Sugar’s 10,000 square foot outdoor ice rink and tubing park are scheduled to open as soon as weather permits. Visit http://www.skisugar.com/sugarlive/activity.phtml to see both activities’ opening progress.

For more information, call 800-SUGAR-MT, or visit http://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 http://www.skisugar.com/press/stats.

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Snow guns blanket the slopes at Sugar Mountain Resort, resulting in a six- to 24-inch base on a manmade packed powder surface.
Photo courtesy of Kim Jochl

Snowboarders eagerly hit the slopes at Sugar Mountain Resort’s opening day in 2012. The ski resort opened for the 2013-14 season Wednesday, Nov. 13.
File photo

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