Sugarloaf Reviews

Positive Reviews


Best mountain in Maine, and maybe even NE


Pros: Very varied terrain and has one of the best parks in NE with the new Haywire park

Cons: Expensive and can sometimes have long lines if you don't know where to go on the mountain

Alright. Here's the whole truth about Sugarloaf. You start out with the cons. The mountain is expensive, and when I say that, I mean EXPENSIVE! The tickets are 100$ and the food is very expensive (although very good). The second con is the long lift lines. Obviously once you're done with the lines you get to ski an awesome mountain but still, they're pretty long. As long as you know where to ski and when then you will be all good. Now down to the pros. First off, there is the variety. They have every type of skiing that you could want; beautiful groomers, gorgeous backcountry, and terrific race terrain. The backcountry is the best in Maine, which is a given when literally half of the...
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Partizan Turks

5 stars if it wasn't too far


Pros: Steep, big, variety

Cons: Far far away

If you call yourself advanced/expert, like steeps, like long runs, this is where you want to ski in the East. Sugarloaf is one big mountain. If you ever skied at Southern VT resorts like Mt Snow or Stratton, take those and add little more vertical and add steepness by a factor of two, you'll be at Sugarloaf. Sugarloaf is steep, if you are on Spillman crosscut and stand on top of those double blacks, it makes you think what you're doing there. That kinda steep. However, they have lots of easier routes available to bring you down around those head walls. There are nice top to bottom runs that reflects the verticality of the mountain. Loved skiing on their blue cruisers. Mountain base could...
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Negative Reviews


Delightfully icy


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...
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Pros: Long Runs, challenging trails

Cons: Slow lifts, not much snowmaking

We were impressed by the mountain as we were driving into Sugarloaf and excited about our week vacation. The first two days were great spring riding and actually tried the black and double black trails. However, the thing we noticed were the very few snow guns. We heard that $5 million was spent towards snowmaking. Unfortunately we didn't see much of that and it showed later in the week. Towards the end of the week a lot of the lifts were closed and they were still trying to groom mid morning. I'm sure this would be a great place to ride but only if there is actual snow to ride on and not ice.

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Basil J

Love the loaf!


Pros: Steeps, long runs, friendly staff

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

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....
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mark james



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.

Nice big mountain


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...
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Favorite in the East


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...
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Sugarloaf in December


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.



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!...
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sugar loaf


Pros: not crowded, challenging terrain

Cons: isolated

great terrain and the awsome snow fields

Top terrain marks


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

Great Skiing


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. 

One of the best


Pros: Steep

Cons: Distance

Steep mountain.  If you want a challenge this is where you go.  From the powder feilds to the just plain steep terrain that litters the mountain.  Sugarlaof is amazing and its a must ski on the east coast.  Also the variety of tree skiing is unmatched.  If your looking for a challenge make sure you go here.