First Timer's Guide

First time here? No problem.

Sugarloaf is a big mountain with a lot to offer. If this is your first time here, keep reading for lots of helpful information that will help you make the most of your Sugarloaf vacation, including driving directions, lodging suggestions, child care information, and information about on-mountain events. You'll also find ways to meet and interact with Sugarloafers even before you arrive. If you have additional questions that aren't answered on this page, you can contact our friendly staff at any time by email or phone.

Sugarloaf...Maine's MountainTM

Maine's second highest peak at 4,237 feet, Sugarloaf is the largest ski resort east of the Rocky Mountains, featuring over 1000 acres of inbounds terrain and the only lift-serviced above-treeline skiing in the East. With a vertical drop of 2,820 feet, Sugarloaf offers some of the biggest skiing on the East Coast and more vertical than many western resorts, including Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Grand Targhee, Arapahoe Basin, and Alta. There are 163 trails and 12 lift to choose from, with enough terrain to keep both the beginner and expert skier and snowboarder happy, including three terrain parks, a Superpipe, and snowboardrcoss course designed by Olypmic Gold medalist Seth Wescott.

Outdoor Center

If you are interested in trying your hand at some other activities, the Outdoor Center has plenty to offer. The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center offers Cross-country skiing on 100km of the best-groomed trails in the East, a warm, comfortable lodge with magnificent views, an olympic-size skating rink, snowshoeing, and more. All of these options await you just one mile south of the access road to Sugarloaf.

Getting to the Mountain

Worried about how to get here? Flights and bus service are available to Portland, Boston and Bangor. Trains are available to Boston and Portland. Transfer service and rental cars are available at airports and stations.

Sugarloaf's remote location can come as a surprise to a first-time Sugarloafer, but with a little preparation one can come to realize the charm that keep so many coming back year after year. Get directions to the mountain here.


No matter your needs there is a place on the mountain for you. Whether you opt for the majestic Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, the quaint Sugarloaf Inn, or the independence of our Condominiums you can be assured that you will enjoy your vacation. Book a ski and stay package to customize your vacation. Sugarloaf can help you plan the vacation you have always wanted.

Lift Tickets

No matter how or when your come, there are lots of options for your lift tickets. Already know when you're coming? Buy tickets online and save 10%. Are you a first-timer? Purchase a Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard package. Do you intend to make the mountain a second home? Start enjoying the freedom of skiing and riding with a season pass; no ticket windows, just go to the lifts and take one run or 30 runs, its up to you.

Bringing a Group?

Contact our sales department today for group rates and ask how you can ski FREE. We have both day group rates and overnight group rates.

Planning a meeting or conference?

Sugarloaf is Maine's premier Ski & Golf Resort. Nestled in the Western Maine Mountains, Sugarloaf is nationally recognized for outstanding service and attention to detail. Take your next meeting to new heights. View our Conferences page for more information contact our Conference Sales Department at 1.800.643.8231 or feel free to email us at meetings@sugarloaf.com.


Need equipment? No problem, whether you ski or snowboard your rentals are here waiting for you.Have you decided you are ready to purchase your own equipment? The staff at the Downhill Supply Company are ready and waiting to answer all your questions. We can help you with that too!!!

Perfect Turn Lessons

Learning to ski and ride at Sugarloaf is a blast. For one thing, we have developed our own system called the Guaranteed Learning Method, which combines graduated ski lengths and progressive slope difficulty with the renowned Perfect Turn coaching system.

There is always room to improve no matter what your ability so take a group lesson or private clinic.

Antigravity Center

At the foot of Sugarloaf, the Carabassett Valley Antigravity Recreational Complex (AGC) is a 20,000-square foot facility that boasts Maine's largest indoor skate bowl and one of the most aggressive street park designs currently constructed in New England. Other features include trampolines with harness rigging, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a multi-purpose court with running track along with weight training and aerobic facilities

Child Care

Are your little ones not quite ready for the mountain? Our child care facilities are licensed by the State of Maine Department of Human Services and are staffed with professional, fun-loving people whose goal is to make your child's vacation, and in turn, your vacation, delightful! Our program is for children from 10 weeks to 5 years of age.

Or try Mooseketeers, a fun-filled, positive first experience on skis! Willing 3-year olds are introduced to the slopes through special games and personalized instruction in a 45-minute private coaching session


Being on the mountain sure can bring on the cravings. Here at Sugarloaf we realize that, which is why we have 12 different places to stop to grab a bite. Grab a coffee at Narrow Gauge to get you going, have quick bite on the mountain at Bullwinkle's, or try a "Widowmaker" burger or soup at The Widowmaker Lounge. View more information and a complete dining list.


Here at Sugarloaf we are always trying to find a way to keep you entertained. Check out the Calendar of Events to see what they have planned. Whether it is Festival Night, Fireworks, or live concerts at the Widowmaker there is something for everyone in the family.

Sports and Fitness

No need to let your exercise regimen disappear during your vacation. The Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center services guests at both the Sugarloaf Inn and the Condominiums. Staying at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel? Guests have access to the Hotel's very own fitness center. Just want to relax? Sit in the Jacuzzi or make an appointment at the Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center for Massage Therapy or Spa Treatment.

Sugarloaf Retail

Take a piece of Sugarloaf home with you! Stop by The Sugarloafer Shop located in Village West or head to the Sugarloaf Sports Outlet in Kingfield and get 20%-50% off snow-related equipment or clothing.


Sugarloaf is known throughout the ski industry for its unique and devoted following of loyal skiers and riders, fondly known as Sugarloafers. Sugarloafers have a lot of knowledge and local insight to share, and you can meet and interact with lots of them in the Blue Room. Get the inside scoop and start your Sugarloaf experience even before you arrive. You can also join on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Vimeo.