|Originally posted by West Virginia Skier:
Sugar ROCKS! But no beginner should go near the upper mountain!
My Visit to Sugar
The summit of Sugar is currently served by two slow doubles, and there are no plans in the immediate future to install any new, high-speed lifts.
The above quote is taken from the article. As to the slow part I say. B-Freakin S. Those lifts are run at high speeds for the sole fact nobody will take the time and expense to replace them with quads. Solution: Run 'em faster! As for the loading and unloading areas, where to begin? The unloading ramps are just wide enough for a GOOD skier and boarder to get off the lift, so as soon as you get stuck with some idiot who got lost and "found his way" to the summitt, you get taken out in the unloading process. All the upper trails are extremely narrow and thus, are tracked into nothingness within 2 hours of opening, even the lower mountain is a field of random bumps within 2 hours of grooming (which by the way, cuts the evening in half, thus reducing your on snow time even more). As for the snow conditions, they're what most would expect in the east: no pow and large sections of solid boilerplate. As for the service, I found people to be overbearing and quite rude (same as my local hill in TN, only there they can't curse you in English). I skied to the head of the terrain park to watch a snowboarder friend rip up the park, and was promptly informed that if I didn't leave, I would have my ticket clipped, despite the fact that I was doing nothing but watching my friend! I was informed that I was within the bounds of the snowboard park and was therefore in violation of the no skiers policy. Never mind the fact that there's absolutely no boundry to show where the park begins and the regular slope ends. In short, in the realm of suckiness that is the southeast, sugar is pretty low on my list. In the interests of Skier Retention, I must say I'm glad I didn't learn to ski there, or I'd be nothing more than another statistic.
That is all.