Tons of upgrades at Maine ski resorts this season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 2, 2009 6:04 am

If you’ve never been skiing in Maine, you’ve been missing out. It is absolutely one of the most gorgeous states in the country, and it seems like all of their ski resorts are offering great upgrades this season. First Tracks had great coverage about it. Read their full article here:

“At Mt. Abram, Mt. Explorer is expanding its shuttle service from downtown Bethel to Mt. Abram every Saturday this season. In addition, the New England Telemark Association and Mt. Abram are teaming up to expand boundary to boundary ski terrain this winter with the clearing of three new double black diamond glades. Night skiing will return to Mt. Abram this season, once a month on Jan. 9, Feb. 6 and Mar. 6. A special Ski Country Buffet will be served every Saturday night this winter in the ski area’s Loose Boots Lounge.

At Saddleback near Rangeley, a new trail named Family Secret will debut this winter under the resort’s Kennebago chairlift. That’s in addition to a new 44-acre gladed area to be called Casablanca. Three new Pisten Bully groomers, including one with a winch, have been added to Saddleback’s fleet this winter to complement increased snowmaking on Wardens Worry and Tight Line. In personnel at Saddleback, this summer Conrad Klefos was named Director of Marketing, Greg Andrews Director of Finance and Jeff Hawksley Competition and Training Director.

Saddleback has also rolled out its new PEAK program (Promoting Education and Activity for Kids) designed to encourage Maine students to perform well in school, promote getting outside and enjoyment of winter sports. Saddleback Maine will give a $49 season pass to all Maine students in grades K through 12 who are on the honor roll.

Shawnee Peak also has a new trail this winter. Sunset Boulevard a 2,000-foot easy trail that will wind down from the summit. In addition, ski area officials purchased a new groomer, added WiFi in the base lodge, opened a new wine bar in the East Lodge and started construction on six new slopeside duplexes at the bottom of the Sunnyside Chair, with site work starting this fall and occupancy anticipated next fall.

Up in Carrabassett Valley, the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel received $600,000 worth of renovations in the form of new furniture, flat panel televisions, and the exclusive Boyne Bed in every room. Sugarloaf officials worked this summer to improve the wind resistance of its lifts by adding new wind fencing along the Double Runner West lift and #3 T-Bar. They’ve also modified sheave trains on the SuperQuad and Whiffletree lifts to reduce their vulnerability to wind.

Sugarloaf continued to upgrade its snowmaking system this summer, with over 8,000 feet of new lines throughout the mountain. A new line was installed to the summit on Gondola Line Extension, which will improve the summit experience for expert skiers during the early months of the season. New lines were also installed on the Sidewinder Snowboardcross Course, Lower Winters Way, Peavey Crosscut and along the Superpipe. Brad Larson named as Sugarloaf’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

It’s the 50th Anniversary Season at Sunday River, and in honor of the occasion both Sunday River Grand Resort Hotels received $1.4 million worth of renovations with the exclusive Boyne Bed and bedding package, along with new 42-inch flat screen televisions. New drives were installed on the White Cap and Spruce Peak chairlifts along with new lift houses and a new loading ramp for the White Cap chairlift. The Bark Pump House received upgrades, and the mountain’s snowmaking plant, a.k.a. the Snowflake Factory gained a new drying tower.

At Camden Snow Bowl on the coast a new glade has been cut between the Clipper and Mussel Ridge Trails. Existing glades have also been expanded and the ski area’s popular Terrain Park will expand with new features in both advanced and beginner sections of the park. A new Learn to Ski/Snowboard partnership between three community areas — Camden Snow Bowl in Camden, Lost Valley in Auburn, and Black Mountain in Rumford — and two destination resorts, Sunday River in Bethel and Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, will entitle the participant to two introductory experiences at the community areas and a full day experience at the destination resorts.

Camden will also partner with five other Maine ski areas to provide two-for-one lift ticket discounts to season pass holders from each of the areas. Participating areas include Hermon Mountain in Hermon, Black Mountain in Rumford, Titcomb Mountain in Farmington, Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn, and Mt. Abram in Greenwood.

The Town of Camden and the Snow Bowl are moving forward with the $6.5 million redevelopment plan for this year-round, town-owned recreation facility. The plan will expand the usage of the ski area, toboggan chute, Nordic trails, mountain bike trails, hiking, athletic fields and activities on Hosmer Pond, located adjacent to the base area.

Eaton Mountain has added a new groomer, additional snowboard rental equipment, a new handle tow and night lighting for the Tubing Park and reworked the tubing trail, as well as upgraded the base lodge.”