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Sugarloaf to kick off 60th season on Sunday, Nov 21

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Sugarloaf, Maine’s tallest winter resort and the largest ski area in the East, will kick off its 60th season on Sunday, November 21 at 8:30am. The resort will open with a total of three trails covering 1,750 vertical feet, serviced by the SuperQuad chairlift.  (CLICK ON IMAGES TO DOWNLOAD IN HIGH-RES)

Sugarloaf will become just the third resort in New England to open for the season, thanks to favorable snowmaking temperatures over the last three days that allowed the resort to run as many as 150 snowguns at a time.  

Skiing and riding on opening day will be available on Pinch, Upper Tote Road, and Lower Tote Road, and is recommended for advanced skiers and riders only. Lift tickets will be just $29 for all ages. 

“We worked hard this summer to increase the efficiency of our snowmaking system, and it has really paid off over these last few days,” said Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf’s Vice President of Mountain Operations. “We were fortunate to have temps in the teens the last two nights, but the Boyne Low Energy Fan Guns and our other Low-E technology have allowed us to continue making snow around the clock, despite marginal daytime temperatures.” 

Offseason upgrades to Sugarloaf’s snowmaking system included new cooling motors to air compressors, a new air cooling system, and upgraded computer systems in the snowmaking control room.  

This summer Sugarloaf announced a new ten-year development plan called Sugarloaf 2020, which includes a massive, 655-acre terrain expansion onto neighboring Burnt Mountain that makes Sugarloaf the largest ski area in the east. The first phase of that expansion, the 270-acre Brackett Basin area, will open to the public this winter. For complete details on Brackett Basin and Sugarloaf 2020, please visit www.sugarloaf2020.com 

For more information on snowmaking and conditions, visit the Daily Report.