CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (November 18, 2010) – With flurries falling and temps in the low to mid twenties this morning, Sugarloaf began snowmaking operations in preparation for the 2010-11 season. As of 10:00am, snowmakers had more than 40 snowguns online, and were adding more each hour (click on image to download full size).
After nearly two weeks of above-normal temperatures frustrated New England ski areas, temperatures dropped below freezing last night and are expected to remain favorable for continued snowmaking throughout the weekend.
Snowguns were online on Tote Road, from the top of the SuperQuad to the bottom of “Chicken Pitch,” and on the upper section of Sluice.
“Everything went great this morning and it’s exciting to be making snow again,” said Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf’s Vice President of Operations. “The warm weather was frustrating, but it gave us a lot of time to button up the system and make sure everything was ready to go. And when we got the temps this morning, everything went smoothly.”
Sugarloaf will host the 26thannual Tin Mountain Round Up, November 27-28, when guests can ski or ride for just $30 if they donate three or more canned food items to help supply local food banks.
If temperatures remain favorable, as forecasts are predicting, Sugarloaf hopes to open for the season on Sunday, November 21.
This summer Sugarloaf announced a new ten-year development plan called Sugarloaf 2020,which includes a massive, 655-acre terrain expansion onto neighboring Burnt Mountain that will make Sugarloaf the largest ski area in the east. The first phase of that expansion, the 270-acre Brackett Basin area, will open to the public this winter. For complete details on Brackett Basin and Sugarloaf 2020, please visit www.sugarloaf2020.com.