Life doesn't get much sweeter than this—North Carolina's Sugar Mountain is gearing up to host the ninth annual Sugarfest on Dec. 10 and 11. The two-day festival is packed with a long list of winter activities and coincides with Sugar's 18th Annual Adult Preseason Ski Clinic, starting on Dec. 9.

The Clinic includes three days of non-stop individual instruction and attention from certified instructors and accomplished skiers like Olympic Gold & Silver medalist Diann Roffe and US National Super G Champion, Keely Kelleher. Sugar is offering a sweet package deal to get the most out of the weekend.

$225 for the weekend includes a three-day lift ticket (Dec. 9-11), coaching fees, tuning clinic, video analysis, world-class instruction and dinner on Saturday night. Season pass holders pay just $150. Daily rates are also available. Click here for more information.

Not ready to be critiqued by the pros? Both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., demo a huge fleet of 2012 ski and snowboard gear from Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Dynastar, Rossignol, Ride, Line, Fisher and Forum. Skiers and riders must have a valid lift ticket as well as a valid driver's license or credit card in order to demo the equipment.


Olympic Figure Skater Paul Wylie will provide an on-ice performance and clinic. Photo Courtesy of Sugar Mountain.

1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist Paul Wylie will provide a free on-ice performance, followed by a meet and greet session Saturday at 3 p.m. Skaters will also have the opportunity to skate with Wylie.

The weekend will feature fireworks, bluegrass, a rail jam on Sunday, prizes, giveaways and more. Plus, Ride Snowboards will be giving away six snowboards during the event. Text "RIDEBOB" to 35350 or visit to enter for a chance to win.

Check the full schedule at Lift tickets are available at