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Sugarloaf fires up the snowguns for the first equipment test of the season

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (October 3, 2015) - With temperatures dipping down into the low 20s overnight, and a heavy frost covering surfaces at higher elevations, Sugarloaf took the opportunity to conduct an early season test of its snowmaking system this morning, lighting up 10 snowguns on the Tote Road trail.

While the cold temperatures provided snowmakers the opportunity to turn water in to snow, the bigger reason for the system test was to flush out the lines and test the snowmaking system's pumping equipment to ensure that everything is in top working condition before the start of the season.  

"The snow won't last more than a day," said Dan Barker, Director of Snow Surfaces. "But, regardless of the temperature, we would be testing the entire system anyway. If it's going to be cold, I would just as soon be making snow."  

As a continuation of the ongoing Sugarloaf 2020 Ten-Year Road Map, which outlines the resort's ten-year vision for development, Sugarloaf invested in more snowmaking system improvements this summer, with upgraded hydrants and new snowmaking pipe in various locations around the mountain.  

The resort will celebrate its annual "Homecoming Weekend" on October 10-11, and is scheduled to open for its 65th winter season in early to mid-November.  

Season passes are on sale now, with a pre-season deadline of October 12 for the best prices. Skiers and snowboarders can visit www.sugarloaf.com/nepass to purchase their passes now.  

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

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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. and 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