Sugarloaf Mountain Resort had a prosperous 2012-2013 winter season where the resort set all-time records for skier-visits and revenue. The resort was stoked to announce earlier this summer that it would put $3 million towards investments and renovations as part of the resort’s ten year plan. This lengthy plan includes, continued terrain expansion for more outdoor fun, a new 30-person outdoor hot tub at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel to be completed by the end of this summer, and an investment in new snow-making technology.
Sugarloaf is the largest ski area in the East, home to the only lift-service above treeline skiing and riding on the East Coast. As part of the Boyne Resorts family and attractions, the resort was rated by Golf Digest as maintaining the #1 golf course in the state of Maine.
The resort’s ten year plan deemed the Sugarloaf 2020 Ten Year Road Map, includes all renovations and expansions currently underway this summer. Since the plan first developed back in 2010, the resort has gone through many improvements and upgrades including over 500 acres of new terrain, a new quad chairlift, intensive upgrades to the snowmaking system, and upgraded facilities throughout the resort. The children’s learn-to-ski area will also be refurbished and remodeled.
Sugarloaf is also continuing with their terrain expansion currently in progress on Burt Mountain this summer. Crews are working their way up toward higher elevations on the northern side of the mountain. Since 2010, when expansion and renovations began, Sugarloaf has added over 500 acers of new, backcountry-style terrain, thus making it the largest ski are east of the Rockey Mountains. The aim of the new terrain design is to offer skiers and riders a taste of the backcountry experience, while still keeping within the safety of inbounds, patrolled terrain. The resort will also add a new, larger snowmaking pipe to the Gondola Line Trail, in efforts to increase water capacity, and widen the existing West Mountain trail to allow ski-racing programs to use the space for training purposes.
The resort will is excited to add a new $240,000, 30-person outdoor hot tub at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, paid for by the Sugarloaf Mountain Condominium Center Association and Sugarloaf.
“We’re extremely excited about the new hot tub,” Karl Strand, Sugarloaf Vice President of Lodging said. “A water element is really a necessary amenity for a signature property like the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, and with its location right in the heart of the resort, it’s sure to become an iconic Sugarloaf attraction.”
Of the nearly $3 million in investments planned for this summer a majority of the proceeds will go towards modern, advanced low-energy snowguns, manufactured by Snow Economics Inc. The snowguns are able to produce the same amount as a traditional snowgun but use 30-40 percent less compressed air. The new snowguns will be installed on several trails including, Narrow Gauge, Scoot, Gondola Line, Ramdown, and Widowmaker.
“These guns were really a game changer for us,” John Diller, Sugarloaf General Manager said. “Historically we have been limited to making snow during times when temperatures were 20 degrees or lower. With this new technology we were able to make very high quality snow even when it was as warm as 28 degrees. During the first few weeks of November, that can mean the difference between being open and being closed.”