Beech Mountain vs Sugar Mountain [Infographic]
If you're planning a ski trip in the North Carolina mountains, there are two major contenders: Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain.
Sugar Mountain is probably the most impressive, with the longest run (7,920'), highest elevation (5,300'), more skiable acres (115), and more trails (20). However, Beech Mountain has the most lifts (10) and a bit more average snowfall (80").
Activities and Services
When it comes to activities and services, the "Beech Mountain vs Sugar Mountain" battle is not as relevant, as both have night skiing, a ski school (for adults and kids), snowboard lessons, ski rentals, snowboard rentals, snow tubing, day care, adaptive programs, and a nice mix of other activities.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Each resort also has great restaurants to choose from. Beech Mountain favorites include Brick Oven Pizzeria, Old World Restaurant, and Meixcano Mexican Restaurant. Sugar Mountain favorites are China House Restaurant, Bella's, and Spanky's Pizza & Deli.
How about nightlife? Hot spots in Beech Mountain are the Banner Elk Sushi Club, the Alpen Restaurant & Bar, and Bullwinkel's Pizzeria & Sports Bar. Popular nighttime hangouts in Sugar Mountain are Hearthstone Tavern and Grille and the Mountain Tavern and Grill.
An adult lift ticket at Sugar Mountain is slightly more expensive ($66 vs $60). You can save money at both resorts, however, by vacationing with your whole family and getting group discounts.
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