South Ready To Rise Again: Sugar Open, Snowshoe Soon
The South is ready to rise and start the season. Sugar Mountain, N.C. opened Wed., Nov. 13 with a 6-24 inch base on manmade packed powder.
The surface covers the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes. Some natural snow has fallen with more on the way at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.
“Sugar added snowmaking hydrants and replaced all existing snowmaking pipes on the Big Red slope. throughout the summer and fall.
"The overhaul of the snowmaking infrastructure on Big Red provides the opportunity to cover the slope quicker and more efficiently than in years past," said Gunther Jochl, Sugar’s owner.
Sugar also announced that a new intermediate trail will be cut in time for next season. The intermediate run will be ever-changing. It drops off the dog leg of Northridge and Switchback with a short, steep pitch, transitions to a flat cruiser, then steepens again, and finally merges with Easy Street.
“It’s expected to be 2,000 feet long, 150 feet wide, with snowmaking and lights for night use,” Kim Jochl told us. “Trail expansion is always exciting. Skiers and riders always crave additional terrain.”
“It's been snowing off and on,” Snowshoe’s Krysty Ronchetti told SnoCountry.com. “And it’s been cold enough for us to make some snow as well. So we're in a good place for our opening.”
Snowshoe intends to kick off its 40th season Nov. 27, with the official birthday celebration set for Dec. 19. It will feature retro pricing that day. Guests will pay just $14 for an all-day lift ticket, but they must be purchased on the resort website.
To cap the celebratory weekend, The Commodores, R and B legends of the 1970s and '80s, will mark the official anniversary Dec. 21 and party like its 1973, the year the mountain opened.
The chart-topping, multi-platinum legends will take the stage in The Big Top at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance online; $40 if you walk up that night.
“We'll celebrate with our guests by offering discounts on skiing and riding, dance and hot tub parties, on-snow games, costume contests and the live concert by The Commodores,” says Dave Dekema, Snowshoe marketing director. “It gives everyone a great excuse to celebrate with us.”
Photo: Sugar Mountain Resort (Sugar Mt.)