Decent Vertical Drop, Fun Runs at Top, Slalom, Easily Accesible
SLOWWW LIFTS, Overcrowded, Narrow runs, Overpriced, Icy
I've been to Sugar several times, most recently last Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, 2009. My brother and I went up there during a snowstorm, and it dumped about 6-8 inches in the duration of our night ski that evening. The powder in the East is wet, so it significantly slows you down when its ungroomed, unlike the beautiful fluff out West. Sugar has a good vertical drop, 1200 ft., much better than App's 350 and significantly better than Beech's 800 or so. However, Ski Beech has a high-speed detachable quad, whereas sugar has two SLOW dual lifts that service the top of the mountain. However, if you go to the lift 3/4 of the way down the mountain, you almost never have to wait in line, so be sure to figure out where that is. Also, big red is usually no wait and it's a decent little run too. The problem with this place is it is WAY overcrowded on weekends, and unexperienced skiers and riders will "camp out" halfway down the slope just sitting there waiting for you to run over them. It is truly baffling. Go on a weekday with good snow and low temps and you'll be pleased. Best resort as far as actual runs in the Banner Elk/Blowing Rock/Boone area, hands down.