Classics: Sugarloaf, Maine

Point your compass North and East to the lofty steeps of the right coast’s largest resort.
Classics: Sugarloaf tout

In the 1940s, a group of young men from Maine’s western mountains began skiing 4,150-foot Bigelow Mountain. When a new dam and reservoir complicated access, “the Bigelow Boys” shifted their gaze to the rugged flanks of a slightly taller mountain nearby called Sugarloaf. They finished cutting their first trail, Winter’s Way, named after ringleader Amos Winter, in early 1951, and a stream of hardy skiers soon followed in their bootprints, hiking to schuss from the summit snowfields. Since the first lift was installed in 1953, Sugarloaf has cultivated a vibrant village scene full of tough, proud, welcoming locals eager to share the 4,237-foot object of their affection.

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Killer Trips: East#4 Sugarloaf, ME


Sugarloaf boasts 138 trails, 15 lifts, and a bustling village at the base.

You can read more about the expansion here.

Sugarloaf Opens Brackett Basin

Yesterday, Sugarloaf opened Brackett Basin, the first phase of their sidecountry expansion onto neighboring Burnt Mountain. Ten inches of new snow gave them enough coverage to open the upper glades. Here's what it looks like.