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Sugarloaf announces opening of Burnt Mountain for second time in history

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (December 19, 2014) - Sugarloaf's historic early-season continues today as the resort announces the opening of Burnt Mountain to skiers and riders for the second time ever - the earliest date the all-natural terrain has ever been open.

This weekend's opening of Burnt Mountain marks the second official opening of Sugarloaf's neighboring peak, and by far the earliest. Last season, the resort opened the summit to skiers and riders for the first time in history on February 18, 2014.  

Burnt Mountain is a quintessential component of the new "sidecountry" skiing development outlined the resort's "Sugarloaf 2020" development plan, which outlines a decade of resort improvements.  

Burnt Mountain offers a backcountry style experience, with the security of inbounds, patrolled terrain. The summit of Burnt Mountain can be reached via a hiking path or a skin track originating at the end of the "Golden Road" in Brackett Basin. Following a hike to the summit, skiers and riders can access the Androscoggin glade, which offers 68 acres of terrain covering 1200 vertical feet.  

"This is one of the best early-seasons I can remember at Sugarloaf, and Burnt Mountain opening up is icing on the cake," Said Seth Wescott, two-time Olympic gold medalist. "Having snowboarded all over the world, I can attest that the Burnt Mountain experience is one of the most unique resort offerings I've encountered."  

The Burnt Mountain experience should be undertaken by expert skiers and riders only, and familiarity with winter backcountry skiing or hiking is strongly recommended. Skiers embarking on the hike to the summit of Burnt Mountain should be equipped with food and water, appropriate layers, and should travel with a group of three or more people. The full trip to the summit of Burnt Mountain and back to the resort base area can take anywhere from two to four hours.  

Anyone unfamiliar with the Burnt Mountain terrain is encouraged to visit Ski Patrol at the top of the Skyline lift to ask questions.  

Now in its fourth year, the Sugarloaf 2020 Ten-Year Road Map outlines the resort's ten-year vision for development. Since the vision was first unveiled in 2010, the resort has seen numerous upgrades and improvements, including more than 500 acres of new terrain, a new quad chairlift, massive upgrades to its snowmaking system, a new irrigation system for the Sugarloaf Golf Club, new restaurants and food options, and upgraded facilities throughout the resort.

For more information on the Sugarloaf 2020 plan, please visit www.sugarloaf2020.com.

For more information on Sugarloaf, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.  

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Bisson http://www.northernwildcollective.com/.


Media Contact:

Noelle Tuttle, Sugarloaf Communications Manager, (207)237-6989, ntuttle@sugarloaf.com


About Sugarloaf - Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine