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Cheap accommodations near Sugarloaf ME? [starting in Portland]

post #1 of 14
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I am taking a solo trip to Sugarloaf in January.  I am flying into Portland.  Advice on inexpensive accommodations?  I am willing to drive an hour or so if necessary.  Similar advice on equipment rental?  Finally, I will be out there for a short week.  Any other areas worth checking out while I am there? Loon Mountain? Sunday River?  

 

Thanks in advance.

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I am taking a solo trip to Sugarloaf in January.  I am flying into Portland.  Advice on inexpensive accommodations?  I am willing to drive an hour or so if necessary.  Similar advice on equipment rental?  Finally, I will be out there for a short week.  Any other areas worth checking out while I am there? Loon Mountain? Sunday River?  

 

Thanks in advance.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Where are you coming from?  Where do you usually ski?  Can't help with recommendations but hopefully others will chime in soon.

 

I'm heading up to Sunday River for the first time in early Dec.  Mostly because I'm visiting friends in NH.  The recent improvements at Wildcat have me curious.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/128475/snowmaking-upgrade-to-wildcat

post #3 of 14
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I will be coming from Cincinnati.  I have mostly skied out west--Breckenridge, Jackson Hole, Whistler, Big Sky--but wanted to try east for a change.  I did ski Killington a few years ago.

post #4 of 14

I have only been to Sugarloaf a few times so there are others here more qualified than I.  However here is a bit of information to get the ball rolling.  Saddleback is a great ski area and is an hour from Sugarloaf.  There is a small town 10 minutes from Saddleback called Rangely.  There are a few reasonable motels and lodges in Rangely.  Sunday River is about a 2 hour drive.  Loon - a lot farther.

post #5 of 14
There are some motel suggestions in the thread from a gathering we had up there last March:
http://www.epicski.com/t/122801/new-england-gathering-2014-lodging-opportunities
Candidates in cheap category include: Mountain View Motel, Spillover Motel, Stratton Motel. I stayed in Colonial Valley Motel in Farmington on the way up. It was pretty cheap too.
post #6 of 14
I've stayed in a place called the White Wolf Inn. It's a mom and pop place in Stratton Maine about 10 min down the road from the entrance to Sugarloaf and is also on the road to Saddleback which if you have time you should check out as well. Place was clean, warm, had cable and wifi and as I recall a small fridge in my room. It has a restaurant which was pretty good. I had the slow flying duck more because of the name than anything else (c'mon the name is classic). Place seemed to fill with snowmobiliers in winter, hitting the nearby trails but they aren't or weren't particularly noisy and I usually beat them out the door in the am. Staff were very friendly.

Here's the link. http://www.thewhitewolfinn.com/


There are other little places around, others know more of them than I ever will. Good luck.
post #7 of 14

I remember our motel in Rangely had a ton of sleds zooming through the parking lot until the wee hours Friday night.  They may have been there Saturday as well but I was too tired after not sleeping Friday to notice.  Rangely is a snowmobiling  town for sure.

post #8 of 14

Sugarloaf is my home hill. As it is about three hours away from my real home on the coast, we often stay over Sat night. 

My favorite place is a turn of the century (20th) old road house called the Herbert, which is located in Kingfield, the town most people pass through on their way to the hill.

It is a big, lumbering hulk of a building where your great grandmother would have felt right at home. The decor is period, as are some of the beds. Long hallways of floral carpet patterns and wallpaper are framed by heavily carved woodwork. It even has the original telephone "booths," all in wood, off the lobby. Alas, the phones no longer work.  

This place is a well-worn antique that serves both guests and ghosts, in equal numbers. Put another way, if your eccentric old auntie were a hotel, she would be the Herbert. It is a quirky place and one that you will either find endearing or bizarre. Since I stay there several times a season, my sympathies are no mystery. It is worth a night if for no other reason than to say that you have experienced a rare and endangered relic of Maine history. But be careful. The walls are thin. And there are no secrets at the Herbert.

D1

post #9 of 14
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Thanks, all!  I received a quote online from the Sugarloaf Inn for less than $100 a night.  This seems like a really good deal to me.  Any thoughts?

 

Is there a better place to rent equipment than on the hill?

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by jcramerding View Post
 

Thanks, all!  I received a quote online from the Sugarloaf Inn for less than $100 a night.  This seems like a really good deal to me.  Any thoughts?

 

Is there a better place to rent equipment than on the hill?


Did you read the TripAdvisor reviews?  Sounds like it's fine for a few nights as long as you are a sound sleeper.  Ski in/out is nice for a short trip.

post #11 of 14

The Inn is a classic Maine ski hotel. Not as quirky as the Herbert but still authentic.

Try Happy Tunes for rentals. Very cool little ski shop. I think the tuning area is actually bigger than the retail space - my measure of a real shop. The hill shop may have a better selection, though.

If you get to the Loaf, shoot me a pm and perhaps we can make some turns together.

David

post #12 of 14
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FYI--the $100 a night was too good to be true.  It was for a basement room with no windows under the bar.  I am glad that I called and clarified the situation.

 

Thank you all for your suggestions.  I will look into some of these other alternatives.

post #13 of 14
Stating the obvious, but Sugarloaf in January is likely to be VERY cold. Bring layers:-) and maybe make sure your accommodations include a hot tub. Concur with Crank that at least one day at nearby Saddleback ski area is well worth it. Not as much overall runs/terrain as Sugarloaf, but renowned for Casablanca Glade and a corkscrew black diamond run called Muleskinner, also has a wonderful low key vibe and beautiful views of Maine lake country when the weather is clear.
post #14 of 14
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I thought I'd finish out this post for posterity.  I did do go to Sugarlloaf the week of 1/6.

 

I found ski-in/ski-out accommodations at the Gondola village for less than $250 a night with lift tickets.  I thought this was a great deal.

 

The accommodations were small and the walls were very thin, but it didn't bother me.  I was there to ski and the location was perfect.

 

Sugarloaf was a great mountain.  It is very easy to navigate and has a good variety of train.  Crowds were not a problem even on weekends.  

 

One of fast quads (Sugarloaf Superquad) was at 1/2 speed often during my stay.  This was my only complaint and it obviously increased the time it took to get up the hill.  It would be nice if they had a base to summit lift.  I understand they have discussed this since the removal of the gondola.

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