Sugar Mountain, North Carolina’s largest ski area, is getting ready for the winter season. It recently held a job fair to recruit full- and part-time workers in sales and rentals; food service; maintenance and housekeeping; office administration; parking and ticketing; and, most importantly, snowmaking, ski patrol, and lift operation. The resort is also looking for “volunteers” who, in exchange for helping with races, are given perks like an unrestricted season ski pass. Over the summer, the Jochl family oversaw ongoing maintenance on the snowmaking equipment. Sugar Mountain’s trails drop from 5,300 feet to 4,100 feet over 125 skiable acres. Every portion of every ski trail is serviced by underground piping and surface snowmaking machinery. The original system, installed 48 years ago, stays up-to-date and in good repair with constant refurbishments and upgrades. This year’s improvements involved replacing the system’s oldest pump with a high-efficiency, variable-speed machine capable of moving 1,000 gallons of water per minute up to the snowmaking towers, which include two new installations from Snow Machines. Sugar Mountain sprays snow with both lances and portable cannons. As always, Sugar Mountain will post up-to-date announcements on ski times and conditions on its website.