Sugarloaf opens for skiing and riding
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Sugarloaf, Maine's tallest winter resort and the largest ski area east of the Rockies, opened for skiing and riding at 8:30am today on two trails and one lift, covering 1,750 vertical feet. The 2015-16 season marks the 65th winter season for the iconic Maine resort.
Despite above-normal daytime temperatures through most of November, Sugarloaf was able to run as many as 120 snowguns earlier in the week, making enough snow to cover more than two miles of terrain. By opening today, Sugarloaf became just the fourth resort in the Northeast to open for the 2015-16 season.
"It's always exciting to kick off the season, and it doesn't hurt to have great snow and beautiful weather like we did today," said Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf's Vice President of Mountain Operations. "It looks like the forecast is going to cooperate for us to do some significant snowmaking in the coming days, and open more terrain by the holiday weekend."
Sugarloaf will remain open on a condensed schedule of 8:30am-12:00pm, Monday through Wednesday, and begin regular season daily operations of 8:30am-3:45pm on Thanksgiving Day, November 26.
The resort will continue its early season tradition by hosting the 31st annual Tin Mountain Round Up, November 28-29, when guests enjoy discounted lift tickets if they donate three or more canned food items to help supply local food banks.
This year's opening was made possible thanks in large part to Sugarloaf's investment of more than $2 million in new snowmaking technology over the past four years, which has added more than 600 new low-energy snowguns. The new equipment has allowed the resort to make more snow than ever before, while simultaneously reducing the associated energy use by 20 percent.
These new snowguns now make up 90% of the resort's snowmaking fleet.
Sugarloaf's investment in new snowmaking technology has been part of the Sugarloaf 2020 Ten-Year Road Map, which outlines the resort's ten-year vision for development. In the five years since the plan was introduced, the resort has seen numerous upgrades and improvements, including expansion onto more than 650 acres of new terrain, a new quad chairlift, massive upgrades to its snowmaking system, a new irrigation system for the Sugarloaf Golf Club, a custom 30-person outdoor hot tub at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, new restaurants and food options, and upgraded facilities throughout the resort.
For more information on snowmaking and conditions, visit www.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, 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.