Sugarloaf to open for 2014/15 Season Nov. 9
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (November 7, 2014) - Thanks to favorable temperatures, 6 inches of new snow, and an upgraded fleet of energy-efficient snowmaking equipment, Sugarloaf announced today that it will kick off its 64th winter season on Sunday, November 9 at 8:30am.
Snowmaking began last weekend, with as many as 90 snow guns roaring to life between Sunday and Tuesday mornings. Despite above-normal daytime temperatures over the past week, Sugarloaf was able preserve snowpack, and fired the snow guns back up this morning with plans to continue through the overnight hours.
By opening Sunday Sugarloaf will become just one of three resorts in the Northeast to open for the 2014-15 season.
"Temperatures haven't been quite as low as we would have liked over the past two weeks, but our snowmaking team has been able capitalize on cold overnight periods to get this place ready to go," said Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf's Vice President of Mountain Operations. "It's always an exciting time when we announce opening plans and we're looking forward to welcoming Sugarloafers back to the mountain this weekend."
Skiing and riding on opening day will be available on Pinch, Tote Road, and Kings Landing, and is recommended for advanced skiers and riders only. Lift tickets can be purchased for just $39 for all ages.
The resort plans to shut down on Monday for the mid-week stretch, before reopening the following weekend (November 15-16). Daily operations will begin on Friday, November 21st.
This year's early opening is thanks in-part to an investment of more than $2 million in new snowmaking technology over the past three years, which has added nearly 600 new low-energy snowguns to the fleet of snowmaking equipment. The new gear has allowed the resort to make more snow than ever before, while simultaneously reducing their associated energy use by 20 percent. These new snowguns now make up 90% of the snowmaking fleet.
The offseason projects are part of the ongoing Sugarloaf 2020 Ten-Year Road Map, which outlines the resort's ten-year vision for development. In the four years since the plan was introduced, the resort has seen numerous upgrades and improvements, including expansion onto 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, 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, and current projects please visit www.sugarloaf2020.com.
For more information on snowmaking and conditions, visit www.sugarloaf.com.