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Sugarloaf is a name that is familiar to most skiers and snowboarders in North America, especially those living and playing in the New England region. Its vertical drop, number of acres, and snowmaking coverage make it one of the bigger winter venues in the eastern part of the US.

Sitting within Carrabassett Valley, Maine, the ski area is close to Vermont and Quebec, Canada. The nearest Interstate is I-95, making US Routes 2 and 201 choices to get closer. From there, Maine State Highway 27 takes motorists the rest of the way. Those flying here can land at Sugarloaf's Regional Airport or Portland International Jetport before securing ground transportation.

One of the Largest Skiing Areas East of the Mississippi

The Sugarloaf ski area is one of the larger winter resorts in the eastern US. It has several condos or private homes to rent, and the Mountain Hotel is located right in the heart of the village. Dining, shopping, childcare, rentals, and repair/tuning are all found on-mountain.

Group and private lessons are available by class, with longer sessions over the ski season through several unique programs. These include Partner Programs for competitive alpine skiing and introductory adaptive lessons. Attending these programs provides access to those with Autism, and kids can learn to ski at a fraction of the cost of single sessions.

The facilities at Sugarloaf allow guests to enjoy the 1,240 skiable acres here. That makes it the second-largest winter venue in terms of alpine acreage east of the Mississippi River. It has a base elevation of 1,417 feet, and the summit reaches 4,237 feet (making it the second tallest mountain in Maine). A vertical drop of 2,820 (only behind Killington's in the New England region) feet greets guests from the top, giving plenty of potentials for skiers and riders to bomb or carve as they make their way down the slopes of Sugarloaf.

Natural and Enhanced

The annual average snowfall amounts at Sugarloaf reach 200 inches, a better average than some other New England ski venues. Snowmaking capabilities on 618 acres of the mountain enhance the natural snowfall, allowing consistent skiing and riding in those areas while keeping the resort open longer. The system has a 4,550 gallon per minute capacity through 1,200 hydrants.

Trails on Sugarloaf breaks down into four ratings, with 27-percent of the runs rated green for beginner use. Another 34-percent of the terrain has blue ratings for skiers and riders with some experience. That leaves 27-percent of the runs rated at a black diamond and 16-percent double diamond for advanced skiers and expert riders to explore.

13 lifts service the crowds at Sugarloaf with an uphill capacity of over 21,800 guests each hour. Five doubles, a triple, three fixed-grip quads, two high-speed detachable quads, and two surface lifts offer the only lift service above the tree line in the east. The Sugarloaf ski resort also offers terrain parks, nordic skiing, fat biking, snow-go ski biking, and indoor activities for guests to enjoy.

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Facts about Sugarloaf

Number of slopes:162
Easiest Green slopes:34
Intermediate Blue slopes:49
Advanced Black slopes:39
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:31

Lifts (Total: 13)
Chair lifts:11
Platter lift:2
Lift capacity:  21810 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Sugarloaf Vertical drop
Highest Point: 4236 ft
Vertical drop: 2822 ft
Base Point: 1414 ft

Country: USA
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