Optimal Weather and New Snowmaking Investment Allows Sugarloaf to Open a Week Early

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 7, 2012 3:11 pm

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, resort communities along the east coast have been graced with some great winter weather conditions. Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountain is among the mountain region’s exhibiting these optimal conditions and announced that the opening to the 2012/2013 season will be this Friday, November 7th!

The resort was originally scheduled to open on November 16th, but will be firing up the lifts a whole week sooner thanks to these ideal conditions. Maine skiers and snowboarders can thank Sugarloaf’s management team for using their Nostradamus-like foresight to install a brand new state-of-the-art snowmaking operation this past summer. During the off-season Sugarloaf invested over $1 million in 300 new snowguns from Snow Economics Inc. The new system boasts low energy consumption without sacrificing production capacity. HKD Snowmakers use up to 90% less compressed air and produce more snow than traditional models even at marginal temperatures of 20-30 degrees.

Resort snowmaking crews were able to activate the new high efficiency snowmaking system on Sunday.  Thanks to the added capabilities, Sugarloaf’s 62nd winter season will see it’s early opening day since 2007!

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to rip it up on Boardwalk and Lower Winter’s Way trails. The Double Runner East Lift will be running all weekend long, and lift tickets will only be $25! The mountain will be closed from Monday through Thursday — but will open for good on Friday, November 16th, pending weather conditions.

Be there at 9am on Friday to get in on all the early season fun!