[R434R, Sugar Mountain Ski Resort] in North Carolina is open for skiing and snowboarding.

The resort opened Saturday Nov. 6, three weeks earlier than last season. Sugar is one day shy of its earliest-ever opening, which was Nov. 5, 1976.

Sugar Mountain's snowmaking crew fired up the guns on Thursday, Nov. 4, and has kept making snow. 

The crew put down manmade cover on Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes, served by Summit Lift No. 1, which is running to the three-quarter station.

Snowmaking began on Thursday, November 4th and continues.  A manmade powder surface covers the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes with the Summit Lift #1 in operation to the 3/4's station. 

Today's lift/slope ticket prices are $25 for a full-day session and $20 for a half-day session. For a real time look at the slopes through the live, streaming web cam please log on to .

Sugar Mountain Resort is the largest ski area in North Carolina, and a long-time favorite with families. Sugar 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. The longest run is 1.5 miles.

The resort also offers snowshoeing and ice skating.

Fifteen trails comprising 100 acres are lighted for night skiing 6 to 10 p.m. all season.

Sugar 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 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.

More information. Or call 828-898-4521.