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Winter

Hawksnest Tubing- Open on Seven Devils. 

Hawksnest Tubing park is the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast! With over 30 lanes of snow tubing that span from 400-1000 feet long, Hawksnest Tubing is your family’s destination for a unique winter experience. Our four different snow tubing areas provide an array of terrain that satisfies even the most advanced of tubers!

Hawksnest’s newly installed snow making facilities provide the best possible conditions and fun for the whole family. With professionally lit lanes, snow tubers can now enjoy a tubing experience that lasts later into the evening. This past summer we have added more lighting, snowmaking, and lane grooming equipment. This investment of almost $200,000 is our commitment to make your snow tubing experience one to remember.

 

Sugar Mountain Resort- Season Dates

The opening and closing dates of our winter season vary each year according to weather, but we generally strive to be open by Thanksgiving and we remain open until the end of March. View historic opening and closing dates on our stats page.

Mountain Hours
Office Hours
Ski Season: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Off Season: 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday
Winter Lift & Slope Session Times
Day Session: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Half-Day Session: 12:30 – 4:30pm
Twilight Session: 12:30 – 10:00pm (closed 4:30 – 6:00pm)
Night Session: 6:00 – 10:00pm
Christmas Eve: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Christmas Day: 12:00 – 10:00pm
Tubing: 10:00am – 10:00pm (session times may vary)
Ice Skating: 10:00am – 10:00pm (session times may vary)
Ticket Hours
Full Day tickets go on sale at 8:00am and may also be purchased the night before from 8:00 to 9:00pm in the Rental Department. Twilight & Half Day tickets available at 12:00pm, Night tickets available at 5:00pm.
Group Sales Ticket Hours
Full Day tickets go on sale at 8:00am (7:30 on weekends and holiday) and may also be purchased the night before from 7:00 to 7:30pm. Twilight & Half Day tickets available at 12:00pm, Night tickets available at 5:00pm.
Tubing Tubing
When conditions permit, the tubing run will operate on the following schedule: 10:00am, 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00pm. Each session is one hour and forty five minutes. Some sessions may be closed for grooming and maintenance, please check the Current Conditions for the latest information.
Ice Skating Ice Skating
The Sugar Mountain Resort Ice Skating Rink generally operates from early November through March, weather permitting. Skate sessions are one and a half hours long and are offered daily at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, and 8:00pm. Some sessions may be closed for maintenance, please check the Current Conditions page for the latest information.
Off Season
The slopes are open from dawn until dusk everyday except event days for mountain bikers, hikers, sightseers, picnickers etc. with the following guidelines:
Helmets are required for all mountain bikers within the village of Sugar Mountain.
No one is allowed on any equipment such as lift towers.
All trash must be disposed of properly or carried away with you.
Summer lift rides are available July 4th weekend – Labor Day Weekend (Weekends Only): 10:00am – 5:30pm
Trail System
Sugar Mountain Resort features 125 acres of skiable terrain. The 21 slopes are serviced by 1 High Speed, Detachable Six Passenger Chairlift, 4 Fixed Grip Double Chairlifts, 1 Fixed Grip Triple Chairlift, 1 Handle Tow (Terrain Park), 2 Magic Carpets (1 – beginner area, 1 – Tubing). 15 of the slopes are lit for night skiing/snowboarding. See what’s open!
Safety
Sugar Mountain Resort is concerned about safety. Please be aware of all signs and warnings posted. For winter activities, read through the safety policies. Be Aware!

Appalachian Ski Mountain- has skiing, snowboarding & skating. Skating is offered during three sessions from November 22 to March 23 weather permitting: Noon to 2pm 2:30pm to 4:30pm 7pm to 9pm.  Appalachian Ski Mtn. has expanded to twelve slopes including two terrain parks serviced by one double chairlift, two quad chairlifts, two conveyor lifts (new in 2010) and one handle-pull lift. The base lodge now covers 46,000 square feet, is smoke free, and has complimentary WIFI in the restaurant.


Ski Beech- has skiing in two sessions: day sessions 9 am to 4:30 pm & the evening sessions run from 6 pm to 10 pm. Bring the kids for sledding which is open 9 AM-5 PM (Daily including holidays)

SLEDDING RULES: For children 12 and under: plastic sleds only no skis and snowboards;no snowmen building; parents must supervise children; all must obey slope supervisor; phone: 828-387-9283, 800-468-5506 fax: 828-387-5506 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sleds are available for purchase at the following locations on Beech Mountain:
Alpine Ski Center  828-387-9291
Beech Meadows Ski Shop 828-387-4777
Fred General Mercantile 828-387-4838

 

Winter in Avery County means snow, snow and more snow. And snow means skiing - and snowboarding - and tubing - and sledding - and snowmen! With four major ski resorts in the immediate area, our area has evolved into the premiere southern destination for winter sports. Downtown Banner Elk is located directly in between Sugar and Beech Mountains, while Hawksnest is just down and up the hill in Seven Devils, and Appalachian can be found between the other mountain towns of Boone and Blowing Rock in neighboring Watauga County.

By far the busiest time in the snowy months is the week between Christmas and New Year's. Anyone planning on coming to the area then should be sure to book their lodging early. Right behind this week in popularity are the bustling holiday weekends of Martin Luther King Day and President's Day. Don't expect to be able to roll into town on the Friday before these holidays and find the ideal room. The rest of the winter, however, offers many more opportunities. Specials abound on the slopes and at the lodging and restaurant establishments.

It's also a good idea to check and see if the Blue Ridge Parkway is open before planning to travel that route in the wintertime. No snow clearing equipment or salt is used on the Parkway, it is simply closed in sections when there is snow or ice covering it. Call the Parkway hotline at 828-298-0398 for closing information.

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