Sugar Mountain is a long-time favorite with families and is the largest ski area in North Carolina. There are 115 skiable acres and 20 runs, along ... More
Sugar Mountain is a long-time favorite with families and is the largest ski area in North Carolina. There are 115 skiable acres and 20 runs, along with seven lifts, including one triple, four doubles, and two surface lifts. The terrain park has its own surface lift. There is also snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating available.ActivitiesSnowboarding: Snowboarders welcome; rentals and lessons available. Snowboard park open when snow conditions permit, and lit for night use.LodgingLodging ranges from motel type rooms and condos to chalets and homes located on- or off-slope. Packages are available.Winter RecreationSkiboarding, snowshoeing, night lit tubing park that has two lifts and is 700 feet long, night skiing, and a game room.
We came to sugar mountain last year and the skiing was good. this year due to lack of natural snow the skiing is horrible. They only have 2 main runs open and blowing snow allday on just those runs. If you want a face full of blown snow this is the place to be. Even though the skiing is bad and grass is poking out of what they claim is a 24in base the price is outrageous for 2 lift tickets(holiday rates (we were there 12/28/11)) $132 for a full day of skiing. My 3 days of skiing turned into 1/2 day.
My family and I have visited Sugar many times and our only complaint is the expense... I want to plan a quick get a way, it is only 4hrs. from home. Goodness, haven't they heard that our economy is in deep despair!!! I found little if any discount from my last visit. A 3night stay for 2 people was going to run me over 700.00, unbelievable. The accommodations and skiing are not even comparable to skiing out west, but yet they want to charge as if that is where you are skiing, Please!!!
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I have rarely experience such a lack of customer service. I live in a nearby county and called the resort about rates. Many resorts allow a special rate for kids that are out of school due to a snow day. I called Sugar Mountain shortly after they opened and asked if it applied for my daughter who was out of school and specifically for my county. The answer was not just yes, but emphatic yes that the day lift ticket would be $7 for my daughter. So I drove 50 miles to the resort, waited in line and when I reached the ticket booth, I was informed that my 12 year old daughter did not qualify and would be charged the full rate of $39. My next stop was the administration office to ask if they would honor the rate quoted on the telephone. The office manager gave me an immediate no. She then proceeded to tell me that the staff is trained and would not have quoted me the rates and accused me of not informing them on the telephone what county I was from.. I then told her that the person on the phone was one of their employees and they should at least give me some consideration since I had drove 50 miles to get there. Another emphatic no exceptions and that she was not authorized to do anything anyway (which makes me wonder what her job was if she couldn't take care of a problem of this sort). She then said I could fill out a complaint form which would be addressed within a week or two. I almost expected the proverbial 1/2" by 1/2" complaint form. Then I told her that the ticket agents were not even checking the id's of those claiming to be from local counties. The office manager said this was not true, even though we witnessed it 10 minutes earlier. In fact the agents were only asking for the school principal's name and the kids were all telling each other what to say to get in, even though they were not from qualifying counties. She then proceeded to tell me that the policy was communicated accurately and enforced by all employees. Clearly they don't know what their employees are saying or doing. It does not surprise me that the earlier reviews said that the employees were rude. This is a direct result of the shoddy management. The bottom line is that you cannot trust the information you get by calling in. You cannot expect them to admit they made a mistake. You can expect to be treated rudely with no consideration of your situation.
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