I went to Sugar on Wed. Jan 21, 09 and the conditions were great compared to the middle of last February when icy conditions prevailed until the snow machines came on at night. The beginner slope is good, long and fun and pitched at about 30 degrees maximum. All the other slopes are hair-raising for the less experienced skiers with pitches of at least 45 degrees. At least half of the people there are snowboarding. You have to watch out for others around you who can violently slam into you in a flash. I was slammed into by a wrecking snowboarder last Feb. as I was stopped and looking down the hill getting my nerve up to go again. His board would have broken both my feet had I not had my skis and boots on. A teen age girl wrecked me on Wednesday when I was almost at the bottom and going pretty good. I got on her case like I did that snowboarder last year. After wrecking you need to take a ski off, get on a knee and get back up quickly to get out of the way of others behind you who may not see you laying down. This was probably my sixth ski trip in my long life. My 12:30 to 10pm lift ticket and skis, poles, boots rental was $58. Weekends are higher. The slopes close from 4:30 to 6. Little grooming was done as far as I could tell but fluffy man made snow made controlling your skis OK. Ice is no good for control. My little pizza was $6 and my Budweiser Ale draft beer was $6. The bar area has a warm gas fireplace. All workers were friendly and talkative. I advise not to go on a weekend if possible unless you like long lift lines. And pay attention when getting off the chair lifts as they move pretty fast. It is fun talking to friendly strangers on the lifts. Take your aspirin on your ski trip, you will probably be sore. Exercise with deep knee bends before your ski trip and you will build up strength and your legs will not be so sore afterward. From Charleston, SC, Sugar is reachable in 4:45 with one stop for fuel, bathroom and a snack by way of I-26, I-77, I-85 and I-40. There is a free parking lot and a free bus that takes you up the short hill to the lodge. Skisugar.com provides good cams and conditions for avoiding warm days. I look forward to my next ski trip to Sugar Mountain, NC. I am not the best skier around and people wizz by me with no fear as I snow plow steeper slopes to stay under control but I do have fun at Sugar. After a long day at 10 pm I am glad it's over, until the bug to ski hits me again.
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