Originally Posted by sanigene
I'm planning a family ski trip to the north east this year and we're thinking about Sugarloaf. I know the terrain, accomodations, and general experience would be great but I'm a bit concerned about the lift lines. We're planning on going from 13-19 Feb, which is the week before Maine spring break.
Can anybody provide some rough insight into the lift line situation at Sugarloaf?
The Superquad at the base is a busy lift first thing in the morning through about 1pm. Waiting times are 10+ minutes. Use this lift to access the mountain in the morning and avoid it until after lunch.
Spillway East is a slow double chair that gives access to a lot of the most desired terrain at Sugarloaf, some of the best terrain in the East. Lines do form for the majority of the day with 10 minute waits. Sometimes less, sometimes more.
The King Pine Quad services some great trails on the East side of the mountain. Rarely is there a wait at this lift. If so, less than 5 minutes.
The Timberline Quad services the summit of the mountain...access to a lot of great trails, and I mean a lot.!! Rarely ever a wait at this lift. My favorite lift on the mountain. I can't ever remember waiting 5 minutes at this lift...usually 8 to 20 skiers waiting.
The Whiffletree Quad at the base will have a 5+ minute wait form about 9:30am 'til 1:30pm. This a good lift to load first thing in the morning, though for whatever reason, it sometimes doesn't load at 8:30am....maybe 9am. It should be loading at 8:30am. Check on this.
Those are the 5 lifts to be considered so, overall, not too bad. Yet, improvements are desired and on the way.
Now, you say Feb. 13 to 19....the week before spring break.??....Umm, spring break is in April. IF, what you are saying is that it is the week before President Weekend....Perfect.!! Dis-regard all lift waits....ski down and get on. Mid week is not a problem at Sugarloaf and a great way to get the whole Sugarloaf experience which, IMO, is THE best in the East.
If you have other questions I can help, though I am local, so I am not up-to-par on the lodging stuff other than it is a great base area with good options for sleep and food and drink.
Seriously, more people need to ski the 'loaf. It is a skiers mountain with great varied terrain for all abilities.