Sugar Mountain - TRAIL

Sugar Mountain - Trail, Banner Elk, Carolina

A steady climb followed by a rapid decent.

User Reviews (9)

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John   Weekend Warrior [Sep 23, 2006]

The trails at Sugar Mountain are insane. The new downhill trails for the NORBA race are really technical and hard, but super fun. There is also a jump over a creek at the end. Definetly a great place for downhillers. The lift is only open on the weekends in the summer so check skisugar.com

Customer Service

Lizard's Lane

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5
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2
Dan Snyder   [Aug 12, 1999]

From the 3/4 drop off on the lift the best DH course in NC starts 100 yards down the left side of the left slope facing downhill. Just follow the trail across the slopes and follow Lizards Lane to the left in the last woods section. LL drops you out on a slope where you start moving back to rightmost slopes as you hall ass down open slope to the lift. WARNING: Just above the last chairlift pole you pass on your left as you aproach the lift line there is a big sinkhole in the dirt track, so stay right!!!

Other than the death hole described above, this is the most flowing DH in NC that still has serious technical challenges. The trail has relatively few "rock gardens", but it is a real challenge to RIP the entire course. It is longer and less peddaly than Beech and about 50-60% in the woods with !!! So go have fun. The chair is $20 all day or $7/ride, which is well worth it unless you have a crew to shuttle.

Customer Service

Chairlift Sat. & Sun. for Downhillers, lizards lane for XC.

Similar Products Used: Beech Mountain, Howards Knob, School House, 100 jumps, ASU campus urban assult.
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John   [Nov 15, 1999]

Great place to ride. I came up from florida with my bike and had a blast. The trails were great coming down the mt. then about 3/4 of the way down we just flew dowm the face. Big difference from florida where the biggest drop is 6 feet

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5
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cdale   [Jul 19, 2000]

They operate the ski lift(sometimes)on Sat & Sun durning the summer to lift rider & bike to the top if only interested in downhill sections. Cost $20 for all day lift ticket, or $7 per lift.

This is a mtn ski slope so there are some lung bursting climbs if doing the whole xc course. The main xc course consist of ski slope service roads, some double track, small section of paved road, and single track sections. Very tough course due to the climbs.
Also has some very technical sections in the downhill part.

Customer Service

Start from the brown ski lift to the right of main ski lodge.(Trail maps are in large mail box BEHIND the ski lodge)

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3
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Ed   [Aug 20, 2000]

Just finished racing this course and it was easily the best race I have been involved with. Even though it rained just after the race started (COMPLETELY CONTRARY TO WHAT THE %#*&! WEATHERMAN SAID, by the way) and I showed up to the starting line with a semi-slick rear tyre and a small knobbed front tyre...Great venue for a race - scenery, temperature, and lots-o-cool bike folks. But, it was more climbing than I would have liked and lots of fire roads. This is great for roadie type bikers, but true hammerheads will be disappointed until you reach some of the downhill single track. Lizards Lane is simply brutal, but rideable (even I managed to get by w/o a dab on two semi slicks during a steady down pour). There's also plenty of areas you an just haul a$$ on going back towards the ski lodge, but it's grass - so when it's wet and you're running anything less than full knobs, it's downright dangerous (although crashing can be somewhat painless in such conditions as you just slide along the ground for 10-15 yards)...Quite frankly, I would skip all the climbing crap (unless you like that sorta thing) and take the ski lift up all day and hammer down on the fun stuff. No logs or technical climbs, but like I said, Lizards Lane is pretty interesting...Or if you want some real downhill, goto Laurel Mountain and rip it...

Customer Service

The ski lift...

Similar Products Used: Yancey's Ridge
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4
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Shane   [Aug 22, 2000]

I raced this trail on Sunday aswell. It was raining during it so it was hard. The climb is all on gravel or forest road. None of it is very steep, just log. At the top, there is a bit of the trail on pavement. The singletrack parts are fun. Rocky, rutty, slippy if wet.
I had a semi-slick on the back and didn't slip too bad.
The downhill wwas fun. It crosses across the slope and into the woods which is rocky and rutty. At the end, it goes straight down. I didn't go on Lizards Lane but I hear it is hard. It is a great trail. One thing though, it is not signed very well. My dad was racing aswell on the xc course and he some how found his way onto the DH course. there is a 4' drop on the DH course.

Customer Service

Chair lift if you Downhill of are weak. Left sid of ski slope if not. Maps are in mail box behind main base.

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Paul   [Jan 12, 2002]

Its ok but beech is alot funner plus theres alot less ups and alot more downs but if you do go to sugar ride lizards lane a couple of times I dont know how many times i have heard someone say it is impossible IV only been riding for 1.5 years and can fly down it

Customer Service

GO up easy street, cut across and go down sandpit trail at the end of it turn right up the waterfall trail go up the boulder trail go down the trail in orange arrows go down lizards lane and repeat

Similar Products Used: Beech, dust bowl
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2
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Big Brain on Brad   [Jan 16, 2002]

Awesome DH run! Rock drops, roots, open slopes, and water. Pretty dang technical and fast. Too short for my tastes, but as a DH, one of the best around. Very demanding despite the number of times I've ridden it. Needs a big gap jump and bigger drops to get a 5, but hey, I'm just a freerider what do I know?

Customer Service

DH course, of course.

Similar Products Used: Yes.
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4
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dadembk   [Jul 16, 2002]

made plans to go to the mntns for ski lift downhill riding. it rained so the lifts were not running, we climbed up the ski slope(oh so steep) got to the top looking at the map it seemed some of the trails listed didn't exist. only thing left was straight down the slope on the sand pit was worth riding. i thought that trails meant atleast double/singletrack not 50 feet wide grassy slopes very disappointed glad i didn't buy a lift ticket or i would give a review in the deficit catergory

Customer Service

not much of one

Similar Products Used: linville falls, damascus, va
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will   [Dec 17, 2002]

little icey but a good place to stay they have good cabins .It snows alot there once it got to three feet of snow.

Customer Service

good but slow thy need more ramps but it's really good for beginners come here you'll have fun.

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