The ski season got underway Thursday as Sugar Mountain Resort opened up for the season.

High Country Press reports skiers and snowboarders were lined up early to get in for the first runs of winter.

Sugar has been taking advantage of the recent cold snap to get 5 slopes ready for action, opening up 10 days earlier than last season.

According to Kim Jochl, Sugar Mountain Resort’s Vice President, conditions for the first day were great, and next week's forecast calls for more snowmaking conditions.

Guidance from the CDC, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the National Ski Areas Association, and local public health officials has resulted in the Ski Well, Be Well principles for best practices in the wake of COVID-19. Sugar is requiring face coverings, allowing for physical distancing, and managing access to the mountain to give guests the space they need. Additionally, the resort will operate with enhanced cleaning measures, employee health screenings and safety training, and revisions to some programs and services.

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