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Sugar Mountain busy with 15 inches of fresh powder

Sugar Mountain gets more snow

AVERY COUNTY, Tenn. - We may be thousands of miles from Sochi, but skiers at Sugar Mountain were in the Olympic spirit on Friday, tackling about a foot of fresh powder that fell earlier in the week.

There were long lines and full lifts as skiers of all ages hit the slopes. "[It was a] snow day, no school, so I brought the kids," said Rob Martin of Avery County.

Martin told us the conditions were perfect. "No ice, no moguls. Just wonderful skiing," Martin said.

Kim Jochl, the resort's marketing director, told us they got 15 inches of snow on Thursday and expected another six inches on Friday night. "There's nothing like actual snowfall to get people out on the slopes," said Jochl.

She told us they've been running all seven chair lifts and had all 20 slopes open, including 15 for night skiing. "We'll be 100 percent open," said Jochl. "Everything will be running. We have eight lanes of tubing going."

We met skiers who traveled across the state to be a part of it. Leslie Engle and her family came from Brentwood, Tenn., which is a suburb of Nashville.

Engle told us the snow storm delayed their trip. "We were supposed to leave on Thursday morning, but it was still covered with all of the snow," she said. "We had to wait until later."

Engle told us it's been worth it. She said they'll be staying until Monday.

The resort told us they usually see more faces during President's Day weekend. "People tend to come Thursday through Monday, or Friday through Monday," said Jochl.

Down in the village, Nick's Restaurant & Pub has already started to feel the holiday weekend rush. "I am seeing definitely more families," said owner Vicki Treyz. "A lot of families, big parties."

Treyz told us the combination of the holiday and fresh snow will make for a big weekend.

We kept track of the road conditions between Bristol, Va. and Sugar Mountain Resort. The roads were cleared off and our crews didn't hit any problem spots during the trip.

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