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With deepest snow pack in New England, Sugarloaf opens Snowfields

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Thanks to 15 inches of new snow and the deepest snowpack in New England, Sugarloaf opened its legendary Snowfields this week for the first time in two years. With skiing and riding available on more than 1100 acres, Sugarloaf now offers the most open terrain in the East.

This week's snowfall, combined with more than five feet of snow in December, has pushed the resort's season total beyond 100 inches - surpassing the winter snowfall total for all of last year.

Sugarloaf's current base depth ranges from 34-58 inches which, according to a recent comparison produced by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is the highest in the North East.

In addition to Sugarloaf's rarely opened snowfields, the resort has also been able to open the signature all-natural terrain from Brackett Basin to the Androscoggin Glade on Burnt Mountain.  

"We've been incredibly fortunate with the track of storm systems so far this season," said Sugarloaf Communications Manager Noelle Tuttle. "While areas to our south have seen rain and mixed precipitation, we've picked up large amounts of snow at elevation, and almost every inch of the mountain is open."  

The favorable skiing and riding conditions have led to bigger business at the resort this winter as well, with visits currently up more than 22% compared to this time last winter.  

A deep snowpack this early in the season will set the stage for a successful spring, when the resort will host some of the year's largest events, including the U.S. Alpine Championships, Banked Slalom, and the annual Bud Light Reggae Festival.  

For more information on Sugarloaf's current snow conditions, or upcoming events, please visit sugarloaf.com.  

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Media Contact:

Noelle Tuttle | Communications Manager | ntuttle@sugarloaf.com | 207.237.6989  

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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, as well as 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