N.C. Ski Season begins with one resort opening, with COVID-19 rules for visitors

N.C. Ski Season begins with one resort opening, with COVI-19 rules for visitors

SUGAR MOUNTAIN, N.C. (WBTV) - After several days of cold temperatures and snowmaking, Sugar Mountain Ski Resort opened for snowboarders and skiers on Thursday morning.

They were greeted with white snow on the slopes and signs spelling out the rules for visitors.

Facemasks are required in all indoor settings and where a six foot social distancing space is not possible.

All lines, whether for the lifts or food will be spaced out. North Carolina Ski areas worked on a basic plan over the summer to keep tourists safe.

Officials are asking all visitors to adhere to it. Skiers at Sugar Mountain said they will be following the guidelines and are just glad to be back on the slopes.

Andrew Mega of Charlotte said being at the ski area brought “a little normalcy” to him.

Officials will be monitoring how people respond to the rules.

Other ski areas are expected to open soon, depending on the weather. Some will require advance ticket purchases.

Officials say people should check websites for conditions and restrictions before heading to any ski area.

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