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Sugarloaf receives 12 inches of new snow

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (Tuesday, December 7, 2010) – Steady snow throughout the day on Monday and Monday night combined to give Sugarloaf a full 12 inches of new snow by Tuesday morning, with light snow continuing to fall. The resort has received 14 inches of new snow since Saturday, December 4. 

The early-season snowfall allowed Sugarloaf to increase its trail count to 17 on Tuesday, with as many as 25 trails expected to open by the weekend.  

In addition to the new snow, temperatures this week have been favorable for continued snowmaking, and on Tuesday Sugarloaf had more than 105 guns running on 8 trails. The resort expects to expand snowmaking efforts later this week, with weather forecasts predicting temperatures in the single digits on Wednesday and Thursday.  

“We weren’t expecting much more than a couple inches out of this snow, so you can definitely say that we were pleasantly surprised,” said Ethan Austin, Sugarloaf Communications Manager. “With a foot of new snow this morning the skiing was just incredible, and with great snowmaking conditions all week we should be in store for a good weekend.” 

This weekend Sugarloaf will host its annual Demo Days, when guests are invited to try out the latest offerings from the ski industry’s top manufacturers for just $5. Sugarloaf will also host the annual Holiday Gift Bazaar, featuring unique crafts and gifts made by local artisans. 

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, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.  

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Caption Information: Andy Gillespie of Kingfield, Maine, skis through 12 inches of fresh snow on the King's Landing trail at Sugarloaf on Tuesday, December 7.