Maine, United States
Sugarloaf (formerly Sugarloaf/USA), is a ski area and resort is located on Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, northern Maine. It is the largest ski resort in the State of Maine, in terms of number of trails (138), skiable acreage (1,400), and snowmaking percentage (95%); its continuous vertical drop of 2820 feet is the longest in New England. Sugarloaf does not rank the highest in terms of skier days per year. Sugarloaf recorded a total of 352,000 skier visits in the 2005-2006 season, ranking it second among Maine resorts and 11th in New England, according to Ski Area Management magazine.
At 4,237 feet (1291 m) Sugarloaf Mountain is second in elevation to Maine's highest peak, Mount Katahdin. The summit of Sugarloaf offers the only lift-serviced above-treeline skiing in the Northeast. The Appalachian Trail crosses near Sugarloaf's peak and offers 360 degree views of Maine's Western Mountains and New Hampshire's White Mountains.
As of 2007, there were 54 miles (87 km) of marked trails and a total of 651 acres (2.6 km2) of developed trails. There were 1,400 acres (6 km2) of skiable area boundary to boundary. The fifteen chairlifts have the capacity to carry 21,180 skiers per hour. There are also 135 marked trails and glades, most of which are named after logging terms in a tribute to Maine's logging history. Trails include thirty-four rated as green square (26%), forty blue square (31%,), thirty-six black diamond (27%), and twenty-one rated double black diamond (16%). There are also seventeen glades (13%), and five terrain parks. Lifts include two SuperQuads, two high-capacity quads, eight doubles, one triple, two surface lifts. The Sugarloaf season runs from mid-November through late April.
The resort is divided into several areas.
Whiffletree, located on the eastern side of the mountain and serviced by the Whiffletree SuperQuad, a high-capacity detachable quad built by Garaventa CTEC. It services beginner to intermediate terrain, such as Whiffletree, Cruiser, and Buckboard.
King Pine Bowl, located in the eastern bowl and serviced by the King Pine Quad. King Pine Bowl can also be accessed by the Spillway East Chair via Spillway X-Cut or from Whiffletree. It services intermediate terrain such as Boomauger and Ramdown, and expert terrain such as Haul Back, Widowmaker, Flume, Misserywhip, and Ripsaw. The Cant Dog glade can also be accessed from this lift. Cant Dog is an experts glade with tight trees, cliffs, and waterfalls.
The Timberline Quad services the summit of Sugarloaf. Formerly in the place of the current Whiffletree Superquad, Timberline services easy runs such as Timberline and Tote Road start at the top terminal of this lift. The Snowfields can also be reach from this lift, with trails like White Nitro (New England's steepest lift serviced and only trail in the snowfields with snowmaking capability), Powder Keg, and High Rigger.
Spillway is serviced by the Spillway Chairs, and the Bateau #3 T-Bar. Off the top of Spillway Long Side (Spillway East), Spillway cross cut leads to expert trails and glades.
SuperQuad is the most popular lift on the mountain services advanced, intermediate, and a few beginner trails. West Mountain is serviced by the West Mountain Chair, and the Bucksaw Chair (Sugarloaf's first chairlift). Bullwinkle's Grill, an on mountain restaurant, is located at the top of these two chairlifts, and right off the Tote Road Trail.
Lower mountain, or the beginner area, is serviced by a few lifts. Double Runner East & West (mid station down), Skidway, Sawduster, Snubber (mid station up), and the Moosecalator (Carpet). Trails such as Boardwalk, The Landing, and The Birches are accessible beginner trails from these lifts.
Terrain Parks: Sugarloaf also has five different terrain parks. There is a Medium and Large jump park, along with halfpipe and a Superpipe. Sugarloaf also built a new Boarder Cross course called Sidewinder, and new beginner rail park called skybound.