Snowmaking is officially underway at Sugarloaf, which means the 2011-12 season ski season is officially right around the corner! Temperatures at the Maine resort dropped to the mid-twenties, making it optimal for the resort to begin its snowmaking operations. As of 2:00pm on Friday, snowmakers reported that more than 40 snowguns were already online and that more were expected to be added throughout the night.
Snowguns were online on Tote Road, from the top of the SuperQuad to the bottom of “Chicken Pitch,” and are scheduled to continue throughout the night, as long as favorable temperatures last. Going forward, snowmakers plan to take advantage of any windows of favorable snowmaking temperatures (5 hours of 25 degrees or lower) in order to prepare the mountain for its scheduled opening date of Friday, November 18.
“Our first day of snowmaking is exciting every year,” said Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf’s Vice President of Operations. “It’s been a busy summer for us up here and we’ve been working hard, so it’s a great reward to see those snow guns come to life.”
Skiers and snowboarders visiting Sugarloaf this winter are in for a great surprise. Over the summer, the resort invested $4.3 million in offseason upgrades, including the brand new Skyline Quad chairlift, and over 100 acres of new terrain in the Brackett Basin area. Sugarloaf also installed a new digital drive in the SuperQuad and completed several upgrades to its snowmaking system. The offseason projects were part of the resort’s Sugarloaf 2020 Ten-Year Roadmap, which was first unveiled in the summer of 2010. For complete details on the Sugarloaf 2020 plan, visit www.sugarloaf2020.com.
In addition to upcoming opening day festivities, Sugarloaf is preparing to host the 27th annual Tin Mountain Round Up on November 26-27. During the event, guests can ski or ride for just $30 if they donate three or more canned food items to help supply local food banks.
For more information on snowmaking and conditions, visit www.sugarloaf.com.