Overview of Sugarloaf, Maine
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Sugarloaf is the largest ski resort in New England and east of the Rockies for that matter, by acreage, with over 1,056 acres of skiing trails, glades, and side country terrain. Sugarloaf is located on Maine’s second highest peak, 4,237’, with Maine’s tallest vertical of 2,820.’ Sugarloaf is a cult phenomenon among passionate skiers, it’s hard to get to and hard to forget…a big beautiful mountain with a great base village full of loyal Loaf fans that like to party après ski. What’s unique about Sugarloaf, besides its remote location in the Carrabassett Valley, is the breathtaking views from the bold windblown summit, and the above tree line skiing from the summit, called Sugarloaf snowfields when the snow is good.
Besides the summit skiing and extensive glades and backcountry terrain in Bracket Basin, Sugarloaf offers some of the best learn to ski and ride programs in New England for kids, plentiful slope-side lodging in the village, and lively bars and restaurants for après ski, plus a friendly local staff that make The Loaf warm and fuzzy like their mascots Amos the Moose and Blueberry Bear.
Sugarloaf opened in 1950 by Amos Winter, and soon became host to big events like World Cup races, the Sugarloaf Schuss and ski clubs and racing clubs – like Carrabassett Valley Academy - home to the most Olympic skiers and snowboarders in New England.
Sugarloaf has a great ski vibe, and extensive terrain for all abilities among 154 trails and 15 lifts - not fancy but four quads (that recently got repairs and upgrades following two chair lift incidents). Sugarloaf’s convenient village brims with ski shops, pubs, and great restaurants for apres ski like the Bag and Gepettos, 45 North, Shipyard Brewhaus, shops, and resort lodging from The Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel and the Sugarloaf Inn to Sugarloaf condominiums.
Now that Sugarloaf is expanding, since Boyne bought this ski resort and Maine sister resort Sunday River, Sugarloaf 2020 expansion plan has opened new glades in Brackett Basin and the Eastern Territory with a hike to skiing on 3,595' Burnt Mountain. Sugarloaf has invested in significant snowmaking allowing them to open for skiing earlier in November and stay open late into April and even May with big events like Reggaefest and Easter.
Sugarloaf is host to World Cup races, the US Alpine Championships in 2015 and 2017, national snowboard and freestyle competitions plus events like Special Olympics, White World Week, Reggaefest and The Snowball. Seth Wescott, Gold Medal Snowboarder calls Sugarloaf his home, he owns The Rack restaurant.
You owe yourself the experience of skiing the Loaf, it’s worth the long drive to see that first sight of the summit at “Oh My Gosh Corner". Stay at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel for the best on mountain location, ski lockers, and an outdoor 30 person hot tub, easy walk to the ski lifts, lessons, restaurants and après ski. Then you will be a Sugarloafer since…
There are many reasons I could choose Sugarloaf, snow conditions is merely the major reason I chose this resort.
The loaf is the best in the east. Given it is easily accessable I can go there most weekends. Great destination resort, don't have to fly, great service, great skiing, great people.