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Originally published: 2013-06-12 16:46:05
Last modified: 2013-06-12 16:46:50

Summer up top: Robust recreational offerings highlight summer season at Sugar, Beech

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Ironically enough, perhaps the biggest deterrent for people who would like to enjoy the vistas and vitality of a local ski mountain is the very element that is the cornerstones of its existence: snow. The solution is quite simple: summer.
Now green and lush, void of their frigid white winter blankets, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort do not lie dormant when the weather warms. In fact, the resorts, in some respects, actually become more robust in terms of outdoor offerings, seasonally retiring skiing and snowboarding to open their acreage for hiking, mountain biking, scenic trail rides, outdoor festivals, downhill competitions, live music, weddings, special events, golf, tennis and disc golf. It’s all here — just look up.

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