Sugarloaf to kick off 65th season on Saturday, November 21
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Sugarloaf, Maine's tallest winter resort and the largest ski area east of the Rockies, will kick off its 65th season on Saturday, November 21 at 8:30am. The resort will open with 1,750 vertical feet of skiing on Kings Landing and Candyside, serviced by the SuperQuad chairlift.
Despite above-normal temperatures for most of November, Sugarloaf's snowmakers were 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 this weekend, Sugarloaf will become just the fourth resort in the Northeast to open for the 2015-16 season.
Skiing and riding on opening day will be available on Kings Landing and Candyside while snowmaking continues on Tote Road, and is recommended for advanced skiers and riders only. Lift tickets will be just $39 for all ages.
"At this time of the year, we are always at the mercy of Mother Nature," said Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf's Vice President of Mountain Operations. "Temperatures haven't been quite as low as we would have liked over the past two weeks, but our snowmakers are a hard working bunch and they've been able to take advantage of the cold weather windows to get this place ready to go."
The resort plans operate on a condensed schedule of 8:30am-12:00pm Monday through Wednesday, and begin regular season daily operations on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th.
This year's opening is 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 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 the Sugarloaf 2020 plan, please visit www.sugarloaf2020.com.
For more information on snowmaking and conditions, visit www.sugarloaf.com.
About the Sugarloaf Resort- 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.