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 1,240, with a breathtaking 4,237′ summit and miles of exciting trail options, from open snowfields, even cat skiing, 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.

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

Sugarloaf is in the midst of a major expansion opening new glades in Brackett Basin and the Eastern Territory with cat skiing on 3,595′ Burnt Mountain, bringing boundary to boundary skiing in the East (1,240-acres). Nest up, Sugarloaf has approval for a 450-acre West Mountain expansion, to include a new a high-speed detachable quad, 12 new alpine trails with snowmaking, and a new real estate development near the Sugarloaf Golf Course and new terrain.

Sugarloaf tends to be 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 repairing aging lifts, after three major lift incidents, The Skyline Quad, King Pine chair and Timberline have all been upgraded in recent years.

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. Fiercely loyal. It’s “what it means to be a Loafer” – enduring cold windy days, bonding at midmountain Bullwinkles, après ski at Seth Wescott’s The Rack and the Sugarloaf Inn with live music, and finally savoring soft spring sow come April.

We recommend a visit The Loaf in Spring, when Sugarloaf is self-proclaimed “King of Spring” with Easter at The Loaf being one of the best family celebrations on snow, Sugarloaf’s Reggaefest is super fun too.

Sugarloaf Stats:
Vertical Drop: 2,820’. 1,240 Skiable Acres. 162 Trails plus Glades, and cat skiing on Burnt Mountain. 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

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