Burnt Mountain Cat Skiing
Notice: With inclement weather expected on Friday and the anticipated impact on snow conditions on Burnt Mountain, Cat Skiing will not operate this weekend (3/31 - 4/1). Anyone with an existing reservation with receive a full refund.
Burnt Mountain Cat Skiing is Sugarloaf's newest winter experience, offering adventurous skiers and snowboarders access to the deep powder and rugged steep terrain in the resort's signature side country development like never before.
This type of inbounds cat skiing is an experience only offered by a handful of resorts in the country - as New England's first true cat skiing operation, Sugarloaf is the only resort in New England where you'll find such a thrill.
For years, Burnt Mountain was only accessible to those willing to hike or skin. Now from the comfort of a snow cat, skiers and snowboarders will be able to climb the more than 1400 vertical feet, to drop into 100+ acres of powder filled solitude on the eastern boundary of Burnt Mountain. The terrain accessed by the cat is for experts only, and contains a mix of wide-open western-style glades and tighter eastern-style trees.
Two passenger cats with seating for up to twelve passengers will operate in tandem, shuttling guests up Burnt Mountain every 30 minutes. Skiers and riders who purchase a seat on a cat will meet at the Log Yard - a quick and run from the bottom of the King Pine lift. We encourage you to grab a Burnt Mountain trail map (or download one here) to help you navigate to the pick-up area.
One of our friendly cat drivers will meet you, help load your gear and guide you on the 1.5 mile journey to the top of the Androscoggin Glade.
Be sure to stop in to the Patrol Building at the top to check in with Ski Patrol and ask any questions before descending. And when you are ready, point your skis through powder filled ecstasy and see if you can keep from giggling with excitement.
How To Book Your Seat:
As much as we may wish to ski or ride 24/7, even the hungriest of powder hounds need their beauty rest - and so do our snow cats. There is a limited number of cat rides we can offer in a day and a fixed number of seats available on each cat, so skiers and riders must book a specific time in advance.
Prices for the Cat Skiing experience are listed below by time. Please note that all skiers and snowboarders will also need a valid lift ticket or season pass.
You can book your Cat Skiing experience online, by phone at 866-657-6763, or at the Cat Skiing booth in the Base Lodge. Cat Skiing tickets must be purchased at least 2-hrs before the scheduled cat departure time, in order to allow sufficient time to pick up your Cat Skiing ticket and navigate to the cat pick-up area.
Cat Skiing Tickets will only be available to purchase when seats are available.
*Note: Cat Skiing is a brand new offering and the schedule above is likely to change as we fine tune operations throughout the season.
What To Do Once You're Booked:
Redeem Your Ticket
After you've booked your seat on the cat, you'll need to check in and pick up your physical ticket at the Cat Skiing booth, located in the Guest Services area of the Base Lodge. You can pick up your ticket any time up to 7 days in advance of your scheduled cat, and you must pick up your ticket at least one hour before your departure time in order to provide sufficient time to navigate to the pick-up area.
The attendant at the Cat Skiing booth can answer any questions you might have and provide a map to help you meet the cat.
Meet The Cat
The quickest way to the pick-up area from the Base Lodge will be to ride the Whiffletree lift, and then ski down Tohaul toward the base of the King Pine lift. Behind the King Pine lift terminal, you'll see a Cat Skiing sign at the entrance to a glade. Enter the woods at the sign and follow the directional signs to the pick-up area. In order to ensure you arrive on time, we recommend you load Whiffletree no later than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
Navigating Back To The Base Area
The Cat Skiing terrain will naturally lead you back to the cat pick-up area. From there, you can follow signage to navigate back to the Whiffletree lift, or ski further down to Snowbrook and ride the Snubber lift. Please keep in mind that some walking will be required to get back to the Base Area.
What should I bring/wear?
Although only minimal hiking is required, we recommend you prepare for cat skiing just as you would any other adventure in Brackett Basin or Burnt Mountain. Bring a back pack with water, snacks, a trail map, and an additional layer. You should also be sure to pack a fully charged cell phone, in the event you need to contact ski patrol for assistance.
What time should I be there to meet the cat?
You should arrive at the pickup location at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Cats will leave on time every thirty minutes and will not wait for you if you're late. If you miss your scheduled cat you may not be able to a seat on a later cat.
How long does it take to get to the pickup location?
The time will vary depending on conditions and crowds, but to be safe we recommend that you load Whiffletree no later than 30 minutes prior to you cat departure time.
What happens if I miss my cat ride?
Cat Skiing tickets are non-refundable, but if you miss your cat we will do our best to place you on a later trip, if any spaces are available. If we have to cancel cat trips due to weather, snow conditions, or other factors, we will refund your reservation.
What happens if lifts are on wind hold?
There are numerous ways to navigate to the cat skiing pickup location, so as long as there is a lift operating that can get you high enough to reach the King Pine area, cat skiing will operate. If all lifts are on hold, cat skiing will not operate and your reservation will be refunded.
Can I book a private cat skiing trip for a group?
You sure can. Private cat skiing trips are available Monday-Thursday, and can be booked for up to 12 people for 3 or 6 hours. Contact our Group Sales office at 866.865.1019 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details and pricing. See more information on group discounts here >>