Sugarloaf

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… 

Elevation

Base
1417 feet
Base
Summit
4237 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
2820 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

High Speed Quads
2
High Speed Quads
Quad Chairs
3
Quad Chairs
Triple Chair
1
Triple Chair
Double Chairs
5
Double Chairs
Surface Lifts
2
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
23 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
33 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
28 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
16 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
160
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
3
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
3 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
1230 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
618 acres
Snowmaking Area

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 11/18/2017 (estimated) 05/02/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 11/24/2016 05/01/2017
2015/2016 11/21/2015 05/01/2016
2014/2015 11/09/2014 05/03/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 19 - 64 $95
Child 5 & under Free
Child 6 - 12 $69
Child 13 - 18 $79
Senior 65 & over $69
Season Pass
(2017/18 New England Pass - Gold)
$1,349

Overall Rating

4.3 / 5 based on 10 reviews
Tristan Geboskie

Sugarloaf is an amazing mountain, with enough trails to cater to everyone's abilities and desires. The staff does a great job maintaining the facilities and trails. The dining options are overwhelming and shelter is close by.

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Matt Baudanza

Love the loaf great place to spend winter's with family and friends. A little bit of everything for the family and a great night life. Lots of great events too!!!!

Posted on Nov 09, 2017
Connor Stevens

I've been going to this resort for the past 5 years. It's a great mountain to learn and become very experienced. The resort staff is great and helpful. The resort can become packed during weekends but overall lifts lines can move quickly.

Posted on Nov 05, 2017
Eric Melanson from Maine

I've been a lifelong Sugarloafer and love the Variety of skiing they have there. They have steeps, deeps, moguls, groomers, trees, glades, snowfield, and backcountry. Also I just became a father of a beautiful little girl this year and I'm excited because it's the perfect mountain to teach her and her mother how to ski on with there being plenty of beginner trail to have fun all day on, and more than plenty of expert terrain that I can go and ski when they want to go in the lodge and get a hot chocolate.

Posted on Oct 18, 2017
Daniel from Maine

There are many reasons I could choose Sugarloaf, snow conditions is merely the major reason I chose this resort.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009
Alex Colville

Best terrain the entire east coast offers!! An absolute must for any serious/advanced skier on the east coast. Rarely crowded, the secluded resort of Sugarloaf offers a break from the long lift lines of other New England resorts. Beautiful scenery, unreal glades, great snow, fantastic dining, but bring layers because it can get cold.

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Ryan Short

While it not a very accessible resort requiring a minimum 4 hour drive from the nearest airport, that is what makes other aspects of this place worth it. Set in the Maine Wilderness, there is much terrain to explore and fun to be had. When conditions allow, the lift accessible above tree line snow fields is the only terrain of it's kind on the East Coast. It also boasts a lift accessible in bounds side country woods area and even more delicious sugary terrain beyond. And new for 2017-2018 season will be Cat Skiing in these areas for another unique experience. Also, some of most snow on the east coast.

Posted on Nov 06, 2017
Brett from Utah

What an incredible place to ski. One of the steepest and most challenging resorts in the east. If you're lucky enough to ski the snowfields on a powder day, you would think you're in Utah

Posted on Oct 24, 2017
Gaetano from North Carolina

Just for the skiing its awsome

Posted on Jul 13, 2013
Bob from Connecticut

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.

Posted on Jul 19, 2007

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