Banner Elk, NC, Nov. 17--The first ski resort in the Southeast has opened. Sugar Mountain, NC opened today with two chairlifts and one run.
Sugar Mountain usually opens among the first in the Southeast. Fickle November weather means the resort typically doesn't set the big date much more than a few days in advance.
"The opening came very fast," reported Director of Operations, Dick Trundy. "We got a cold front on Sunday that lasted through Tuesday night and allowed us to blow a lot of snow on two of our trails."
The two chairlifts open are Upper Flying Mile and Lower Flying Mile, servicing the Upper Flying Mile trail for a total of 800 vertical feet. Sugar Mountain is reporting a base of 6-12 inches and expects to beef it up by blowing more snow the rest of the week.
"We don't expect to open more terrain any time soon," added Trundy. "We want to work on the base on the two trails we have open now."
Cold weather is expected to remain in the area through the week to allow for prime snowmaking conditions.
Tickets for Sugar Mountain are $20 for all ages.