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Sugarloaf

Maine's largest ski resort is Sugarloaf, located on Route 27 in the Carrabassett Valley. Sugarloaf offers skiers and snowboarders one big mountain, the largest ski acreage in New England at 1,056, with a breathtaking 4,237' summit and miles of exciting trail options, from open snowfields to groomed tree lined trails. The Loaf scores big for big mountain skiing, a loyal bunch of locals, a family friendly feel, cold snow, and warm lively après ski in the base village.

Sugarloaf offers some of the best learn to ski and ride programs in New England, plentiful slope-side lodging in the village, and just enough bars and restaurants for après ski, plus an amiable staff and followers that make The Loaf special. While mascots Amos the Moose and Blueberry Bear will have the kids smiling, Mom and Dad will appreciate that kids ski free with ski and stay packages of 2 or more nights certain dates in January and March.

This destination Maine ski resort, Sugarloaf started in 1950 by Amos Winter, features extensive terrain for all abilities and a convenient village brimming with activities, great pubs and restaurants like the Bag and Gepettos, shops, and resort lodging from The Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel and the Sugarloaf Inn to Sugarloaf condominiums.

SugarloafSugarloaf is repairing aging lifts, after two major lift incidents in 4 years. The Skyline Quad replaced the Spillway double that de-roped December 2011. The King Pine chair rolled back on March 2015, and has been repaired, along with Timberline. Sugarloaf 2020 is a major expansion opening new glades in Brackett Basin and the Eastern Territory with hike to skiing on 3,595' Burnt Hill, to become the largest boundary to boundary skiing in the East (1,056-acres).  Sugarloaf stays colder and gets more natural snow, often staying open for skiing mid November - late into April and even May thanks to their high elevation.

Sugarloaf is host to World Cup races, the US Alpine Championships, national snowboard competitions plus events like Special Olympics, White World Week, Reggaefest and The Snowball. Seth Wescott, Gold Medal Snowboarder makes his home here, owns The Rack restaurant, and has his R&D West Mountain Lab for Winterstick Snowboards. Sugarloafers are a passionate bunch of skiers and riders. Read our review on Sugarloaf - Passion or Cult? and our recommendation to visit The Loaf in Spring, Sugarloafwhen Sugarloaf is self-proclaimed "King of Spring" with Easter at The Loaf being one of the best family celebrations on snow.

Sugarloaf Stats:
Vertical Drop: 2,820’. 1,056 Skiable Acres. 153 Trails plus Glades 34 Beginner, 49 Intermediate, 63 Expert Trails, Glades. 15 Lifts: 5 quads (2 high speed), 1 Triple, 6 Doubles, 2 Surface Lifts. 95% Snowmaking. 3 Terrain parks, pipes, and an SBX course. Turbo Tubing Hill. Zip Line open summer, fall & winter.
Sugarloaf, Route 27, Carrabassett Valley
1-800-THE LOAF, 1-207-237-2000, Snow Phone 1-207-237-6808

Sugarloaf Ski Reviews
Sugarloafer since...Passion or Cult?
How to ski Sugarloaf like a local, a Loafer
Sugarloaf - King of Spring
Sugarloaf Logo
Sugarloaf Ski Videos

Sugarloaf Ski Photos
Maine's Best Ski Trails
Maine Lodging in the Sugarloaf Area
Sugarloaf - History of The Loaf
Seth Wescott - Sugarloaf's Golden Boy
Sugarloaf and Sunday River -Sibling Rivalry

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