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Trail Map
Trail Map
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Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Sugarloaf Regional Airport

Portland Maine Airport

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 
Insider tip: The Boston Ski and Sports Club has trips out of Boston, which include transportation to Sugarloaf, lodging and lift tickets.
 

Lodging
Lodging
Transportation in the valley is limited. Staying at the resort is the most convenient option.
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel

 

This recently upgraded hotel has hotel rooms, penthouses and suites. depends on room size $166 to $477

Sugarloaf Inn

 

This classic ski lodge serves a full, hearty breakfast. depends on room size $166 to $477
Sugarloaf Condominiums Convenient to the village activities and close to the ski school, these units have full-service kitchens depends on room size $188 to $566
       
       

REAL ESTATE
 
 
DEALS
 
WHAT'S NEW
Brackett Basin, Sugarloaf's glade and side-country section, will open in 2011.
 
ACTIVITIES
Sugarloaf offers Nordic skiing, ziplining, an outdoor skatebowl and a Maine huts and trails program.
 
SERVICES

Ski and Ride School

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
 
The Good: Less crowded than the Vermont resorts
The Better: Tote Road, the world's best groomer
The Best: Lift-serviced above tree-line skiing!

 

Sugarloaf
Description:

The Loaf' is an award-winning on-mountain village beneath Maine's second highest peak, regarded by many as one of the top New England ski resorts. Sugarloaf places great emphasis on service quality, and it shows throughout the resort operation. Sugarloaf's vertical is one of the biggest in New England and management is eager to point out that it exceeds that of some famous resorts in the West (including Crested Butte, Taos and Copper). Sugarloaf also competes well with those resorts in terms of terrain - big bump runs, a dozen glades and 129 trails over its 1,410 acres. The rebith of Sugarloaf began in 1993/94 with a major expansion of the snowmaking system, now among the world's most powerful. Snowmaking now covers the infamous Front Face snowfields -- the only lift served above-treeline skiing in the East. The American Skiing Company acquired the resort in 1997 and along with it came the addition of two new quad chairs, new trails and 100 tower snowguns. ASC has also added a Grand Summit Resort Hotel, further broadening the amenities at one of New England's premier winter resorts.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double8
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts15
Lifts-Total lift capacity21,810/hr.
Trails-1-Beginner23%
Trails-2-Intermediate33%
Trails-3-Advanced26%
Trails-4-Expert only16%
Trails-5-Terrain park3
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Trails-Total
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run3.5 miles
General-Base elevation1417'
General-Vertical drop2820'
General-Owner
General-Mountain rangeWestern Mts.
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds1670 acres
General-Snow making coverage490 acres
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Fantastic mud

Cons: lift was too slow to enjoy the mud

I went to sugarloaf this past weekend and I loved it! The ice was delightfull and only punctuated by a few rocks. Occasionally, we would hit a few patches of snow but we didnt let it bother us too much. We were delighted by the cheerful antique lifts which we had a long time to admire since they were so slow.

 

There was also a fantastic mudpit called the "parking area" from which we had to carry our gear about 1/4 mile, allowing us to be properly warmed up for our ice skating and lift watching.

 

If it wasnt for the rather posh accomodations, it would have been a completely uniform experience.

 

I warmly recommend this delightful ski area for masochists and those who feel they dont have enough frustration in their lives.

Posted

Pros: Steeps, long runs, friendly staff

Cons: Can be windy, lack of bump runs, long drive from Boston.

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Been skiing the loaf for years. When you hit it on a good day, it is as close to a western resort as you would hope to find in the east. Great long steeps, excellent skischool. Excellent grooming.Most of the blues here would be Black diamonds at other resorts.

The slopeslide lodging includes a daily 2 hr. clinic and they can be lot's of fun and also help improve your skiing. On a bad day, well it can be bad. It is a cone shaped exposed mountain, so it can be very windy, icy and cold.Lifts are often on wind hold in January, but that same cold can bring loads of snow during storms so it is a double edged sword. Sugarloaf and Jay peak IMO, are the 2 best skiing resorts in the east. Loads of variety, usually good snow conditions and most of the time, not too crowded.

Posted

Pros: Not crowded

Cons: wind holds are very common

The Sugarloaf Inn is the worst place to ever stay.  Rooms are very old, worn out, dated and beyond belief noisy.  I can't emphasize how noisy they are.  No sleep will happen.  And they are expensive.  They should never rent any of these rooms out ever!

 

Mountain has wind holds on their lifts 50% of the time during the year.  This is a fact I got from one of the lift operators.

Posted

Pros: terrain, view

Cons: longish drive from Boston

I have wanted to ski Sugarloaf for years. Years ago  when I patrolled I was going to go spring skiing there, but we were rained out. I went up on a Sunday night, late Feb.. Monday the wind was howling. By noon they shut the whole mountain. Tuesday I skied about a half day. They didn't open all the lifts until about 10:30 AM, somebody told me.

 

Wednesday I skied the whole day. It snowed, it was sunny, cloudy, foggy, and a squall blew in that cut visibility to about 20 feet. I had a great time. Wish the snowfields (copyrighted word!) were open, still, I had a lot of fun.

 

 

People were friendly and the views from the top are pretty amazing. I stayed at the White Wolf in Stratton, Maine, and wrote a tripadvisor review about that...

 

Posted

Pros: sustained steeps

Cons: middle of nowhere

Spring pilgrimage Mecca.  People like to go there for Reggae Fest.  I could personally care less, but I’ve been there during Reggae Fest and the “crowds” have never disrupted the skiing.  It’s not a resort that gets crowded.  One thing you’ll notice at Sugarloaf is the atmosphere.  It’s relaxed and a bit earthy-crunchy.   They are far from everywhere and proud of it.  No Starbucks, McDonalds, or Dunkin Donuts for miles.   Lodging options are limited.  It will be cheaper if you stay in Farmington and your food options will be a little better.  However, you’ll pay the price and have to drive 45 minutes to the mountain.  It’s a pretty flat drive so unless it’s snowing excessively the access is often easy.  They have some great on-piste steeps.  Sugarloaf will get your legs burning with their sustained steeps (White Nitro) and the Snowfileds (when open) are worth the little hike.  It’s their little Hobbacks.  They have some great beginner terrain as well.  I’d think twice about the drive in the middle of January.  It’s the only resort in New England with skiing above the treeline and it can get pretty windy in the deep cold of winter.  If you like skiing for its raw nature component, you'll love Sugarloaf.  It compares with Jay Peak, Sugarloaf has the edge on steeps and Jay peak has the edge with its glades.  But they are sister resorts at heart.  If you like skiing for its posh after-parties and scene, I'd look elsewhere and spare yourself the tank, or two, of gas.

Posted

Pros: Good snow, nice glades, many trails, vertical

Cons: WINDY, some slow lifts

Was there over Christmas Break, and the snow was fantastic. We got 2 feet one day, which made the skiing very nice.  Yes, the lift broke down, but the mountain is still amazing.  Some very nice glades, but they needed a little more snow.  Most of the lifts are slow besides the two high speed quads, but you still get a lot of skiing with the long runs.  The mountain is very windy, and the King Pine and Timberline were only open 1 of the 3 days I was skiing. There are well over 100 trails, so you can ski there for a while without getting bored. Overall, one of my favorite mountains in the East.P1010072.JPG

Posted

Pros: tall mountain, many trails, many lifts, glades, gorgeous pictures

Cons: icy at top

i really loved my spring break trip here! we stayed in the condos. we were about 50 students in 5 condos ranging from 8-12 people per condo. ski in - ski out, our condos were fully equipped and super cute, with fireplace and a nice kitchen. we had a free bus ride to the supermarket and we all bought food and cooked together. we were all independant, everyone would wake up at whatever time they wanted and skied however amount they wanted since there were no buses to catch to the hill. there were some bars and a sports center with sauna and jacuzzis a short bus ride from the condos. the ski conditions were magnificent, tons of snow, all lifts were operating, sunny, warm, we were so lucky! great price for group student discounts. only thing is that the top of the mountain was always icy. but it didn't matter really, it was easily avoided. trails for all levels and rentals were affordable.

Posted

Pros: not crowded, challenging terrain

Cons: isolated

great terrain and the awsome snow fields

Posted

Pros: Terrain, vertical, attitude

Cons: nightlife, lack of a summit lift up the left side of the mountain

I have been to Sugarloaf in all kinds of conditions. I have never had a bad experience. The trails rank right up there with any of the other New England resorts for variety and difficulty. It is in New England so snow conditions will vary. If you are a weak skier and don't like icy spots or expect a high speed six pack lift over every trail go somewhere else. If you know what hardcore skiing is, you will like Sugarloaf. My kids have a blast here and my wife and I have fun as well so I guess that makes it an OK family mountain. Shop around and negotiate to keep costs down.
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Posted

Pros: Challenging terrain, amazing glades

Cons: very expensive lodging, especially if you have family

I cannot complain about the skiing at Sugarloaf.  My family and I have always enjoyed our getaways to Sugarloaf, great skiing, great mountain, great staff.  From Brooklyn, NY, it is definitely a 9 hour drive, but well worth it for us. 

Sugarloaf would get a 4 or 5 stars from me, had it not been for its expensive lodgings.  However, we discovered the Herbert Hotel in Kingfield (15 minute drive to Sugarloaf).  It is a beautiful historic hotel with clean pretty rooms, and helpful staff.  It is not the posh accomodations on the mountain, but the rooms are very pretty, and you cannot beat the value of staying there.