[R434R, Sugar Mountain Resort]'s Kim Jochl says, "Don't miss out on spectacular late winter season conditions; spring-like weather, sparsely populated slopes, and personal service; all at reduced rates. "

March Madness is happening now at Sugar Mountain, with up to 25 percent off lift tickets, rentals, and lessons. Sugar's Winter Value Packages offer 40 percent off lodging and skiing or riding.

Meanwhile, Sugar Mountain Sports Shop's annual Spyder Sample Sale is going on right now. The 2010 Spyder Sample Line is premiering at 30 percent off retail prices. All 2009 Spyder Sample items are 50 percent off retail prices. Any remaining 2008, 2007, or 2006 samples are 60 percent off original retail prices. Select non-sample Spyder items are 20 percent off retail prices. Quantities and sizes are limited.

Sugar Mountain Resort will host its third annual Easter Egg Hunt on the slopes Sunday, March 22. A golden egg containing a 2009-10 season pass will be scattered among hundreds of prize-filled plastic eggs spread over the lower portion of the Lower Flying Mile slope.

Sugar 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 and115 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.