Sugarloaf, the East’s largest ski area, opened for skiing and riding today on three trails and one lift, covering 1750 vertical feet and 22 acres. The 2010-11 season marks the 60thwinter season for the iconic Maine resort.
A stretch of cold weather over the past four days allowed Sugarloaf to bring its snowmaking system online, with up to 150 guns running on as many as five trails simultaneously. Sugarloaf became just the third New England ski resort to open so far this year.
A long line formed for the 8:30am first chair, and skiers and riders took advantage of the newly made snow on Pinch, Upper Tote Road and Lower Tote Road. Opening day lift tickets were just $29 for all ages.
“We worked hard this summer to increase the efficiency of our snowmaking system, and it has really paid off over these last few days,” said Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf’s Vice President of Mountain Operations. “We were fortunate to have temps in the teens the last two nights, but the Boyne Low Energy Fan Guns and our other Low-E technology have allowed us to continue making snow around the clock, despite marginal daytime temperatures.”
Sugarloaf will remain open for skiing and riding seven days a week throughout the winter season. The resort will continue its early season tradition when it hosts 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.
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 makes 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.