Sugarloaf Ski Getaways

ski getaways

There's a point on Maine Route 16/27 between the village of Carabassett Valley and Sugarloaf where the mountain comes dramatically into view. The inspirational view makes it easy to see why they call it, Oh my gosh corner!<

With over 500 acres of marked terrain and 134 trails, Sugarloaf is a big playground. And with a snowsports school that specializes in helping families get the most out of the mountain's diverse terrain, many guests soon find themselves willing (and able) to explore some of the more challenging stuff.

Beginners who wish to stick close to "home" and who aren't taking a lesson could spend a couple of hours skiing or riding off the Snubber Triple on Birches Slope and Snowbrook, surrounded by condos. Just peel off on your own when the mood strikes you. But more interesting green circle terrain can be found off Double Runner West (exit at the mid-station), Double Runner East, and the Bucksaw Double.

Intermediates can ride the Whiffletree Superquad (four or five good choices), the Timberline Quad (the highest lift, with three good choices), and the Sugarloaf Superquad (scoot over to Tote Road and then take Lower Binder for a long and lovely cruise).

Advanced skiers and riders, of course, have plenty of choices. Four of the 'Loaf's 15 lifts serve advanced terrain almost exclusively: The King Pine Quad, the Spillway West and East Doubles, and the Bateau T-bar. Off these lifts you'll find some of Sugarloaf's most well-known black and double black diamond trails: Ripsaw, Upper Bubblecuffer, Upper Gondola Line, Haul Back, and Upper Spillway. There are more choices to be sure, including numerous short shots and glades. And there are the famous Snowfields, which will be treated separately below.

At last count there were three terrain parks and two � pipes. Parks feature multiple elements and/or rails; one is of intermediate difficulty and the rest are pretty serious.