Sugarloaf: East Coast Powder

Each winter thousands of travelers from across New England and the nation are suiting up in layers and grabbing gear for the opening of snow and ski season at Sugarloaf USA. Located only two left turns and 20 minor miles from Rangeley is the largest and tallest winter wonderland this side of the Rockies. Sugar coated with the finest natural and blown snow, Sugarloaf is a powdered paradise for those looking for an adventurous alpine plunge or to break in their snowshoes for the first time.

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Sugarloaf boasts the largest continuous vertical descent in the east at 2,820 feet and is the only place where vacationers will find lifts capable of carrying Sugarloafers to paramount heights for skiing and snowboarding that is above the tree line. The journey from the village to the summit in itself is awe-inspiring and also the best route for drive-by moose spotting in Maine. With 1,153 acres of refined skiable area and a 2020 vision to expand into neighboring Burnt Mountain, there’s no lack of liveliness on this ridge.

Loaf 3 WebTwo-time Olympic gold medalist Scott Wescott honed his snowboarding skills on the slopes of Sugarloaf, and if that’s not enough of an endorsement for Sugarloaf’s powdery goodness, then maybe the 154 trails covering 54 miles, 16 lifts and 200 inches of natural snowfall per year will convince you to put on your warmest winter gear and get ready to race to the bottom.

If downhill speed isn’t for you, cross-country ski treks are in abundance or you can test your ice legs and spin across the lighted NHL standard size rink. Snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ziplining and snow tubing are all options for fun for the entire family, whether everyone wants to stick together or go off on a solo snow adventure for the day.

For those who prefer to stay warm and out of the weather, the indoor offerings are just as impressive as the hills, with an anti-gravity complex boasting a skate park, skate bowl, climbing wall, basketball court, weight room, trampolines and more. If you need a break from the multiple adrenaline rushes, you can take a cooking class or treat yourself to a spa service.

Bar WebThey won’t let you go hungry on your visit to Sugarloaf, with 14 restaurants and pubs, including The Rack, which is co-owned by snowboarder champ Wescott and caters to fellow shredders and snow bunnies. Check Sugarloaf’s website for any special events, promotions or festivals happening during your visit, and keep an eye out for added amenities and features as the multi-million dollar expansion and upgrade project due to be completed in 2020 is well under way. Visit Sugarloaf and make memories by the dozen at this true winter wonderland!


5092 Sugarloaf Access Road
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
(800) 843-5623
*All photographs courtesy of Sugarloaf.

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