Sugar Mountain in North Carolina still is open for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Neighbor Beech Mountain closed for the season March 20.
Sugar's snowshoe tours offer something for those who want to experience mountaintop views but don't necessarily want to slide back down. Snowshoeing can easily burn 500 calories per hour depending on how vigorous one snowshoes.
One-hour tours take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 p.m. Saturday times are 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Groups are welcome and participants are asked to arrive at the ski and snowboard school building 15 minutes prior to the chosen tour time. Tours are available for children ages 8 to 11. Adults are considered to be 12 years and older.
The tour cost was reduced from $20 to $15 through the rest of the season as part of Snowshoe's March Madness promotion. Other March Madness reduced rates continue until closing day with 25 per cent off lift tickets, rentals, and lessons.
Sugar continues to benefit from snow showers at its higher elevations and consistently has maintained a base of more than 90 inches. The highest peaks on the East Coast are in the region where Sugar is located. Nearby Mt. Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Rockies topping out at 6,684 feet. There is no skiing or snowshoeing facility there.
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