Sugarloaf prepares for warmest Reggae Fest weekend in the last decade
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME - With the start of Sugarloaf's annual Bud Light Reggae Festival just one day away, forecasts are calling for one of the warmest April weekends in the last decade for the biggest spring skiing party in the east, slated for April 14-17.
Weather forecasts are calling for a classic spring weekend with mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures throughout the weekend, with highs approaching 70 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Given the unpredictability of April weather in the mountains, this is welcome news to festival organizers, and resort patrons making their way to Sugarloaf for this weekend's festivities.
"I can't recall a warmer weekend forecast for Reggae Fest in the last ten years," said Ethan Austin, Sugarloaf Director of Marketing. "We've had successful events in every kind of weather imaginable, but nothing compares to a warm, sunny day when it comes to Reggae Fest."
Now in its 28th year, the annual Bud Light Reggae Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season, drawing hundreds of spring skiing and reggae music enthusiasts for a weekend filled with non-stop live music, wild parties, and abundant corn snow that has made Sugarloaf's spring skiing famous.
Maryland-based punk-rock reggae band Ballyhoo! will headline the four-day festival with support from 7 different bands including the widely-hailed New York-based reggae band New Kingston, and Boston-based Renegade Soundstation who is returning to headline the Reggae Rave on Friday night.
Non-stop live reggae music will be on-tap throughout the four-day weekend, with performances on three different stages by Dub Kartel, Gorilla Finger Dub, Kiwi, The Cliftones, and more.
All outdoor music on the Beach will be free and open to all ages.
Concert access on Thursday night will be $5 at the door for anyone 21 or over, and $10 on Friday night for access to both shows in the King Pine Room and Widowmaker Lounge.
Good Vibes passes for Saturday night's performance by Ballyhoo! are $25 when purchased in advance or $35 on the day of the show, and provide access to both Saturday night shows in the King Pine Room and the Widowmaker Lounge.
A limited number of Reggae Fest VIP Passes are also available for $100, and provide access to all nighttime events throughout the festival, priority access to the Widowmaker Lounge, as well as access to a VIP area and exclusive VIP bar in the Widowmaker Loft.
No outside alcohol may be brought into any venue, and all bags and coolers are subject to search.
All-inclusive ski and stay packages are also available for Reggae Weekend starting as low as $120 per person per night, and include lodging, lift ticket, access to the Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center, and a Good Vibes Pass providing access to live performances in the Widowmaker Lounge and King Pine Room on Saturday night.
For more information on Sugarloaf and the Bud Light Reggae Festival, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/reggae.
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.