AS USUAL, SUGAR IS OPEN LONG BEFORE THE REST.
As far as NC goes, there is no where else to be but Sugar. They continuously open before the other slopes, they have snow longer than the other slopes, and they have the longest runs of all the slpoes in the area. The staff is great, they can help you with whatever you need to have a great day on the slopes. My husband and I buy season passes every year and even though we live an hour and fifteen minutes away, we have NEVER regretted our decision. We average about 50 times a year. Last year Sugar was open for 140 days!!! How awesome is that!!