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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking of going to the Loaf this year. Do you have any suggestions of where to stay? What is the snow like? The runs? Any good deals? Care to share any experiences you've had? Thanks for the help.

Keep going faster!
post #2 of 17
Sugarloaf is one of my favorites. I usually stay at the Sugarloaf Inn, very cozy, a fun place to have a few beers after skiing. Very laid back. There are also lots of condos at the base if you have a larger group, all of which are either ski in ski out, or are accessed by a lift. Also have a luxury hotel if you're into that. There are some motels in the area, but I would stay on the mountain if you can, it's a great place to stay. Nice base area too. Quite a few shops and restaurants.
As far as the mountain is concerned, it's hard to beat the amount and variety of terrain they have. Huge mountain. Truly something for everybody. Long trails, rarely big crowds, usually lots of snow. I would have to call Sugarloaf a true skier's mountain, though. Not the over groomed intermediate cruiser's paradise that Sunday River is. Definately more flannel and duct tape types than Bogner one piece suites. Probably as close as you're going to get to western skiing in the east, particulary when the above tree line snowfields are open.
They've had some really good deals on their website, www.Sugarloaf.com. I'm headed up there for Thanksgiving, got a great deal, looks like they will have a lot open by then.
However, this is not Aspen or Stowe. If you're not really into skiing, there's not much else to do.
All and all, I would still call it the best skiing experience available in the east.
post #3 of 17
Went there two years ago in mid April, the year NE had a ridiculous amount of snow in March. They had an incredible deal- about 50-60$ for room,lift ticket and lesson. The conditons where about as good as you could get the first two days - like CO, real nice white soft white snow in a lot of places. That really steep trail, (white nitro?), was pretty solid-well ice. That was fun, skiing solid ice while not freezing to death. The snow fields where open on top. Gives you the feeling of skiing off the mountain since for some of it you don't see what's below.

I think we stayed at the Sugarloaf inn -it was near the base of one of the lowest chair lifts on the left side of the mountain looking up. I'd say that if I'd been paying full price I'd be disappointed. It's like they finished the first two floors and then above that it looks like a somewhat trashed college dorm.

Good variety of terrain- moguls, steeps, cruisers. I'd recommend trying to get one of those packages. It's a long way up there and there's not much else there.
post #4 of 17
Ahhh The Loaf "One Big Mother". Being a "Mainer" currently living in exile I would say that the Loaf is as good as it gets in NE. It has the only above tree line lift accessed skiing in NE with easly some of the best terrain available. With that being said you can run into some really horrendous conditions relative to wind, ice, and downright wicked freezing temps. It's all a part of the Sugarloaf experiance. I would suggest the Sugarloaf Inn or any slope side condo you can find for rent (there are a bazillion of them). If your going for a week or more and the crowds get to you then hop in the rental or whatever and get over to Saddleback Mtn. you won't be dissapointed. As for trails well they are all good but for real BTTW bumps head to boomauger, double bitter, white nitro (if it isn't bulletproof) or widowmaker. You can hike a bit and get into the back bowl and snowfields which not only provide some superb lines but great view's of Mt. Bigelow as well. The people are awesome night life is fun and you'll know you've arrived when you drive around "OHHH S*&^" corner

Have fun
post #5 of 17
The LOAF RULES!!!!!!!!! The condos are geat, the main hotel is a rip off. The Sugarloaf Inn seems pretty good. Enjoy! With the exception of Jay, this is about as good as New England gets! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #6 of 17
AHHHH Sugarloaf.....sounds like home. I tought there for six years. It is the best, all you need for skiing. I have not been there for some time, however Sugarloaf is all about timing. The deals are in January as always. The best skiing is in Feb March when the sun is higher. early season is very cold because the sun does not get directly on the snow for long. If it is good it will be great at Sugarloaf!!!
post #7 of 17
AHHHH Sugarloaf.....sounds like home. I tought there for six years. It is the best, all you need for skiing. I have not been there for some time, however Sugarloaf is all about timing. The deals are in January as always. The best skiing is in Feb March when the sun is higher. early season is very cold because the sun does not get directly on the snow for long. If it is good it will be great at Sugarloaf!!! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #8 of 17
Sugarloaf is great eastern skiing, The summit building is kind of unique, big barn-like with a patrol room that's kind of intermingled with some tattered old couches arranged around a big iron wood stove which gets fed with sacks of discarded hardwood turnings from some furniture mill. Once there's enough cover you can hike up over the summit for some of the nicest steeps in the east and keep bearing left and you come back to the trails. The "snowfields" seem like they're not as open as they used to be, as if trees have infiflled...anyone else otice that? There are miles of great blue trails. Depending on what you're looking for Sugarloaf could be the perfect place. As an architectural critique I wish they hadn't used brick for the base building, it seems so urban and out of place up there.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the good info Mac, Mosh, NewHampie, Tog, Pow Junkie & Lisamarie!

I'm interested only in the mountain, its runs and the snow. I've been itching to try this place for a few years and if things work out, this will be the year. From what I've garnered from the website and your info I'm now beyond "itching"; I think I'm developing chicken pox!
Keep skiing faster guys! [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img]
post #10 of 17
The LOAF rule.

good steeps, great moguls and nice intermediate runs. try to go when the snow field is open, if your lucky the backside will be open also. i stayed at the SugarLoaf Inn, great place. go for there Sunday-Thursday deals, includes lesson and all. the Loaf and Sunday-River have great deals, just go to there websites. i did two days at the Loaf and two at Sunday-River.

the two are only 1.5 hrs apart, the best skiing in NE for great value. i am returning there this year just have not decide when to go yet, probably in feb or march.
post #11 of 17
The loaf is big, it's bad, it's the bomb baby!! The loaf has runs for every level, from big long black and blue cruisers, to very steep and not groomed runs that will make you think your in the rockies. The better skier you are the more you'll like it, but it takes some time to explore and find the goods, make sure you have several days.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Scruffy.

Keep skiing faster! No, faster than that! :
post #13 of 17
I've been there the 4 years for 3 or 4 days,theres always a good deal for lodging online. The condos are great.Great skiing,great people.The best food is off the mt. though, down the access road,excellent beef,pasta, etc.and cheap.
post #14 of 17
I ski sugarloaf about 40 days or so a year. Great mountain for the East. Come in March for the best conditions.
post #15 of 17
Best mountain in the east man -

stay at the Inn - drink at the brewery - live music at the widowmaker

Enjoy!
post #16 of 17
The Loaf?

Short runs. 100' veritical, Never more than two or three runs open. No variety of terrain. No snow. 80,000 tourists from New York in disco ski pants, No place to stay, No place to eat, No place to get a beer, no lifts, you have to walk up, false rumor that there is lift serviced above treeline skiing in the east, Season runs Jan 1 - Feb 10.

Oh wait, I'm thinking of some other mountain.

Longest sustained pitch runs in NewEngland (no XC five mile trails), 2600' sustained vert (ties or beats all other in NE), A huge "real" trail count. Every posible trail from easy green and blue cruiser to long black cruiser to steeps to bumps to snow fields to all woods inboands is legal, wool&ductape real skiers, several inns and lots of condos, Four or five nice restobars right on the mountain, decent variety of lifts (but I still miss the gondi that let you ski all the vert from the top of thextensions to the lodge with one lift ride), only lift-service above treeline skiing in the east, Season runs Nov - May 1. Lots of snow in March and April.

For green cruisers, the whiffle tree quad as several great ones.

For a blue cruiser, Tote Road is classic (the best blue cruiser in NE in my book).

For black cruiser, Narrow Gauge is the only FIS downhill in NE.

For natural trails, Bubble Cuffer and Winters Way are two of the best in NE.

For eats, I like the Bag for lunch and Gepetos for dinner but try them all and make your own preference.

Explore, Have Fun. Ask an instructor or patroller what's good if you want to explore the backside or the chutes in the snow fields.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by learn2turn
The Loaf?

Short runs. 100' veritical, Never more than two or three runs open. No variety of terrain. No snow. 80,000 tourists from New York in disco ski pants, No place to stay, No place to eat, No place to get a beer, no lifts, you have to walk up, false rumor that there is lift serviced above treeline skiing in the east, Season runs Jan 1 - Feb 10.
on second thought, lets stick to this description so it doesnt end up like killington
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