Our experience at Sugar Mountain was unique. The day after a downpour (12/31/07) we arrived early morning in hopes to buy a 1/2 day ticket for all 4 of us! 1/2 days are only offered in the afternoon. We had our equipment with us (long lines at the rental counter) and we immediately started skiing. Well, since the kiddie slope was jammed pack with ski school (20+ in a class....go Appalachian to learn how to ski) we tried the another run. Much to our astonishment, half of the run was dry land, the other half, slush, ice and some snow. What normally would be an easy run, made it harder because of the lack of width. We quickly questioned why Sugar had it open to begin with.
A note of the kiddie slope....there was no snow upon exiting the people mover. NONE! We all practically fell over. Again, why was it open?
All was not lost. We took the lift (very slow by the way and only 2 seaters for 2 of the open ones) and were greeted with powdery substance what we know as snow!! Nice run from the top.
After about 12:30pm, the place was packed, lift lines were long and many people were trying to ski the harder runs when they should have been in lessons.
Sugar Mountain was an okay experience for our family. Since snow was not covering most of the ground you could not go from one part of the base to another. I think Sugar needs to upgrade their lifts (quads please!!) and snowmaking machines (really loud) to become the premier slope in NC. (I grew up in NC and have skied NC mtns for 20 + years).