Sugar Mountain likes to remind skiers and riders that it has the most skiing acreage, the biggest vertical drop, the two longest double chairlifts, and the longest trail of any ski area in North Carolina.
The resort's long-term plan to replace and upgrade all snowmaking pipes continued this past summer with an investment of $300,000 on infrastructure. On the Tom Terrific or eastern side of the mountain, 3,000 feet of snowmaking pipes were replaced and upgraded. The base of the Sugar Slalom slope was widened and additional snowmaking machines have been purchased for the upcoming winter season.
The Yellow lift, named since 1969 after its color, was repainted gray to blend more organically with the mountain. As a result the Yellow lift has been renamed to Summit #1 while the Gray lift is now known as Summit #2.
Sugar Mountain has a vertical drop of 1,200 feet off a summit elevation of 5,300 feet.
The resort offers 20 slopes and 115 acres of skiable terrain, served by four double chairs, a triple chair, a handle tow, a Magic Carpet in the Beginners Area, and a Magic Carpet in the Tubing Park.
Fifteen trails comprising 100 acres are lighted for night skiing 6 to 10 p.m. all season.
The area has one double black diamond trail, Whoopdeedoo; two expert trails, Tom Terrific and Boulderdash; nine intermediate trails, including 4,300-foot-long Upper Flying Mile; seven novice runs; and a tubing park.
Sugar has seven grooming machines, including a 300W Kassbohrer Pisten Bully Winch Cat with snow tillers and two 300 Kassbohrer Pisten Bully's with snow tillers.
The resort's rental gear includes 3,000 sets of shaped skis (600 new) and 500 snowboards (100 new), as well as ski boards and high performance skis.