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Sugar-Mountain is centrally located in the western mountains of North Carolina, near all the major attractions such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roan Mountain, Grandfather Mountain and the quaint tourist towns of Banner Elk and Boone. It's most well known, however, as being the site of one of the largest ski areas in the state, and one of the few resorts that breaks a 1,000-foot vertical run south of New England. There are 20 trails for skiing and snowboarding and 8 lifts that spread out over 115 acres, with everything from gentle terrain for beginners to the summit, which is popular with even seasoned experts. Sugar Mountain offers equipment rentals of all kinds, and a tubing park with a 700-foot long run serviced by 2 lifts, as well as 100 lighted acres that are open seven nights a week for night skiing. Accommodations on the mountain include motel type rooms, condos and chalets, and the base lodge offers a cafeteria, lounge, sportswear shop, locker rooms and a game room. Nearby, the towns of Banner Elk and Boone have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, everything from country cooking to seafood, and shopping in boutiques, art galleries and unique gift shops. Not just a winter resort, Sugar Mountain also has lots to offer in the summertime. Lift rides take visitors to the summit where they can enjoy a picnic lunch amid breathtaking views. Other activities near Sugar Mountain include mountain biking, hiking, fishing, rafting, horseback riding and golf. Sugar Mountain is also the site of an Annual Oktoberfest in the fall.

Surrounding areas: Banner Elk, North Carolina (2.7 mi), Seven Devils, North Carolina (3.2 mi), Newland, North Carolina (3.9 mi), Valle Crucis, North Carolina (8.0 mi), Plumtree, North Carolina (10.0 mi), Sugar Grove, North Carolina (10.4 mi), Blowing Rock, North Carolina (12.0 mi)

Sugar Mountain Vacation Rentals

Sugar Mountain Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Sugar Mountain Ski And Country ClubBanner Elk, NC2.7 mi.(828) 898-9784
Eseeola Lodge175 Linville AveLinville, NC4.0 mi.(828) 733-4311
Pixie InnUS 221Linville, NC4.0 mi.(704) 733-2597
Pixie InnLinville, NC4.0 mi.(704) 733-2597
Alpen Acres156 Old US Hwy 321 SBlowing Rock, NC11.1 mi.(828) 295-7981
Chetola Resort & Conference CenterBlowing Rock, NC11.1 mi.(800) 243-8652
Chetola Resort & ConferenceBlowing Rock, NC11.1 mi.(828) 295-5500
Days Inn Blowing RockHwy 321 BypBlowing Rock, NC11.1 mi.(828) 295-4422
Ridgeway Motor InnHwy 221Blowing Rock, NC11.1 mi.(828) 295-7321
Quality Inn Appalachian Conference CTR949 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC12.8 mi.(828) 262-0020
Comfort Suites1184 Hwy 105Boone, NC12.9 mi.(828) 268-0099
Hampton Inn Boone1075 Hwy 105Boone, NC12.9 mi.(828) 264-0077
High Country Inn1785 Hwy 105Boone, NC12.9 mi.(828) 264-1000
Super 8 Motel2419 Hwy 105 SBoone, NC12.9 mi.(828) 264-4133
The Homecoming Lodge5335 NC Hwy 194 NBoone, NC12.9 mi.(828) 264-8413
Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza840 E King StBoone, NC13.0 mi.(828) 266-1100
Country Inn And Suites Boone818 E King StBoone, NC13.0 mi.(828) 264-4100
Holiday Inn Of Boone710 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC13.2 mi.(828) 264-2451
Holiday Inn Express1943 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC13.4 mi.(828) 264-2451
Big Lynn LodgeLittle Switzrlnd, NC22.1 mi.(704) 765-4257
Comfort Inn970 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC23.8 mi.(828) 754-2090
R & R HideawayHwy 18 Wilksboro BlvdLenoir, NC23.8 mi.(828) 754-5600
Comfort Inn-elizabethton1515 19e BypElizabethton, TN24.3 mi.(423) 542-4466
Days Inn206 Blowing Rock BlvdLenoir, NC24.4 mi.(828) 754-0731
Ramada LTD142 Wilkesboro Blvd SeLenoir, NC24.4 mi.(828) 758-4403
The Jameson Inn350 Wilkesboro BlvdLenoir, NC24.6 mi.(828) 758-1200
Cliff Dwellers Inn116 Lakeview TerBlowing Rock, NC26.0 mi.(828) 295-3121
Sleep Inn Morganton2400a S Sterling StMorganton, NC28.3 mi.(828) 433-9000
Comfort Inn Of Johnson City1900 S Roan StJohnson City, TN28.9 mi.(423) 928-9600
Sleep Inn Inn & Suites2020 Franklin Terrace CtJohnson City, TN29.7 mi.(423) 915-0081
Comfort Inn & Suites1273 Burkemont AveMorganton, NC30.0 mi.(828) 669-2922

Sugar Mountain Weather & Climate

The High Country in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina has four mild seasons that help support the busy tourist trade. The mountain valley temperatures average 6 to 8 degrees cooler than the nearby Piedmont region in the summer months, and near the mountain peaks, it can be 10-20 degrees cooler. Moist southerly winds are forced upward in passing over the mountain barrier, causing showers and thunderstorms in spring and summer. Due to mild summer temperatures, the mountains have always been a welcome escape from the heat at the lower elevations. Summer nights are crisp and cool, but not too cold for camping or other outdoor activities. Although it does snow in the region, large amounts of snowfall and severe low temperatures are rare except at the highest peaks. Therefore most ski resorts use snowmaking equipment to ensure a reliable supply.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 33°F 17°F 4.77 in. -
February 36°F 20°F 4.79 in. -
March 42°F 26°F 5.78 in. -
April 51°F 35°F 5.06 in. -
May 58°F 45°F 6.03 in. -
June 65°F 52°F 6.57 in. -
July 68°F 56°F 5.40 in. -
August 67°F 55°F 5.44 in. -
September 61°F 50°F 5.68 in. -
October 53°F 39°F 4.55 in. -
November 45°F 30°F 4.65 in. -
December 37°F 22°F 4.04 in. -

Sugar Mountain Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located about 37 miles southeast of Sugar Mountain in Hickory, North Carolina, the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located approximately 38 miles northwest of Sugar Mountain in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located roughly 43 miles east of Sugar Mountain in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located around 52 miles west of Sugar Mountain in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 60 miles southwest of Sugar Mountain in Asheville, North Carolina, and finally the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located approximately 61 miles south of Sugar Mountain in Shelby, North Carolina.

Sugar Mountain Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC80.3 mi.
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC84.9 mi.
JeepersConcordNC87.9 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC90.7 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC116.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Village of Sugar Mountain Golf CourseBanner ElkNC2.4 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC3.1 mi.
Mountain Glen Golf CourseNewlandNC3.9 mi.
Tillery Tradition Country ClubMount GileadNC9.5 mi.
Boone Golf ClubBooneNC13.0 mi.
Willow Creek Golf CourseBooneNC13.0 mi.
Grassy Creek Golf & Country ClubSpruce PineNC18.0 mi.
Elizabethton Municipal Golf CourseElizabethtonTN23.9 mi.
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN24.3 mi.
Country Acres Golf ClubLenoirNC24.4 mi.
Lenoir Golf CourseLenoirNC24.4 mi.
Mountain Aire Golf ClubWest JeffersonNC25.9 mi.
Buffalo Valley Golf CourseUnicoiTN26.3 mi.
Quaker Meadows Golf ClubMorgantonNC26.6 mi.
Mount Mitchell Golf ClubBurnsvilleNC27.5 mi.
Bear Trace at Tims Ford State ParkWinchesterTN28.3 mi.
Silver Creek PlantationMorgantonNC28.7 mi.
Magnolia Golf ClubMagnoliaNC29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC2.7 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC2.7 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC3.2 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC42.9 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC80.3 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV109.8 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC111.7 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV118.2 mi.
State Parks
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC30.0 mi. 
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC32.6 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC33.3 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN29.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN29.7 mi.(Children's)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC40.3 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC52.5 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC92.6 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN114.8 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC118.9 mi.

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