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Bill and Joan Alfond Competition Center at Sugarloaf now open

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, MAINE-Following months of planning, constructing, and fundraising, Carrabassett Valley Academy, Sugarloaf, and the Sugarloaf Ski Club celebrated the grand opening of the new state-of-the-art Bill and Joan Alfond Competition Center on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Kate Webber Punderson, Carrabassett Valley Academy's Head of School, led a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, with more than 300 guests in attendance. T

he $2.1 million facility was made possible by a $1 million grant from the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation, the combined efforts of Carrabassett Valley Academy, Sugarloaf, and the Sugarloaf Ski Club, in addition to aggressive fundraising efforts that saw contributions from 231 donors.                           

"I've done a few projects in my life, but this one was exceptional," said Bill Alfond. "CVA gathered a phenomenal team of staff and volunteers who worked together seamlessly to create an outstanding Competition Center."  

The center is located on an expanded footprint of what was originally the loading terminal of the famous Sugarloaf gondola, and features office space for staff from Sugarloaf, CVA, and the Ski Club, tuning and waxing facilities, trainers' room, locker rooms, as well as dedicated team rooms for the Colby College and University of Maine Farmington ski teams.  

The new facility is also home to more than 200 members of CVA's weekend programs, and will serve as the base of operations during the U.S. Alpine Championships, which return to Sugarloaf March 24-29, 2017.    

The Bill and Joan Alfond Competition Center at Sugarloaf will stand as a keystone in downhill athletics for this region, and beyond. Within the new center, every level of competitive skiing and snowboarding, as well as their associated governing bodies are represented-an association that is truly unique in the industry.  

Athletes of all ages, from USSA, USASA, NCAA, USCSA, FIS, and more will be welcomed and supported in the new facility.

"CVA is tremendously grateful for the support of the Town of Carrabassett Valley, the Ski Club and Sugarloaf," said Punderson. "Together we are fostering friendships, instilling a life-long love of winter and making competitive dreams come true for generations to come."  

In addition, the included conference space and full working kitchen will allow use of the center during the summer months for wedding receptions and conferences, bringing year-round vitality to the Bill and Joan Alfond Competition Center.  

The Competition Center is now open daily to the public.

For more information on the Bill and Joan Alfond Competition Center, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/compcenter.

For more information on Carrabassett Valley Academy, please visit www.gocva.com.

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Media Contact:

Sugarloaf                                           CVA
Noelle Tuttle                                        Sarah Perry
Communications Manager                  Director of Marketing
207-237-6989                                      207-237-4457
ntuttle@sugarloaf.com                     sperry@gocva.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 www.twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.  

About Carrabasestt Valley Academy - Nestled in the mountains of Western Maine, Carrabassett Valley Academy is a private, college-preparatory school for middle- and high-school students grades 7 - 12. Founded in 1982, CVA provides students with outstanding academic offerings, a foundation for responsible community living, and world-class athletic training in competitive skiing and snowboarding. Visit www.gocva.com to learn more.

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