"We've had a good, solid season," Kim Jochl of [R434R, Sugar Mountain] told OnTheSnow. "It looks like it's going to rank second behind last year, and last year was an amazing season."

Jochl said North Carolina meteorologists were predicting that March would end and April begin with a return to winter, but that Sugar Mountain would already be closed.

Sugar ended its season March 23 with its traditional celebration, which consisted of burning the snow, roasting hot dogs, and listening to North Carolina blue grass music.

"Last year we had 136 inches of natural snow, and this year we've had 130 inches of natural snow," Jochl said.

"The difference between the two seasons is that last March was incredible, snowy and cold; this year March has been more seasonable, with a little more rain than last year," she said.

"If March would have been more winterlike, we probably would have had another record year. But the weather is the weather and we're very satisfied with the way things are turning out this season," she said.

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. Sugar also offers snowshoeing and ice skating.

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