Sugarloaf makes first snow of the year on Sept 19
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (September 19, 2014) - With temperatures dipping down to 18 degrees last night, Sugarloaf took the opportunity to conduct an early season test of its snowmaking system, lighting up 15 snowguns on Tote Road from 1:00-6:00 a.m.
While the early cold temperatures presented the resort with an opportunity to test the snowmaking system's pumping equipment and some of the new pipe that the snowmaking crew installed over the summer, the bigger reason for the test was a crew of antsy snowmakers celebrating the end of summer and the start of colder weather.
"Is there a benefit to running our system in mid-September?" said Dan Barker, Director of Snow Surfaces. "Maybe a little. But we hate the heat and we're sick of summer. If it's cold, we want to be making snow. If you're a skier, you understand."
Sugarloaf invested heavily in its snowmaking system again this summer, with more than 600 feet of new snowmaking pipe installed, along with 40 new HKD low-energy snowguns. The resort will celebrate its annual "Homecoming Weekend" on October 11-12, and is scheduled to open for the winter season in early to mid-November.
Season passes are on sale now, with a pre-season deadline of October 13 for the best prices. Skiers and snowboarders can visit www.sugarloaf.com/nepass to purchase their passes now.
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