Last Days of Skiing at Sugar Mountain
On Monday, my friend Bryan and I drove to Sugar Mountain Ski Resort in Banner Elk for one last day of skiing before the spring thaw. Even with a steady cold rain and temperatures just above freezing, and with a thick fog enveloping the ridges, the snow was wonderful. A heavy snow the previous Friday made snowmaking unnecessary, which was such a relief, considering the loud, jet plane like snow guns that usually are required in these southern latitudes. Visibility was poor, but with almost no other skiers on the mountain, there weren’t many chances for collisions.
With nightly temperatures into the mid-teens this week, this perfect snow should stay around for at least two more weekends, very late for North Carolina ski resorts. Because of early snow and freezing temps brought on by Superstorm Sandy in October, Sugar has enjoyed over five months of sking this year in an area that is lucky to have three.