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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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.

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Six Injured After Chair Derails at Sugarloaf

Around 10:30 this morning, an aging double chair derailed at Sugarloaf, Maine.


Saddleback Asks For $3M or Resort Won’t Open

Resort general manager says Saddleback needs the money in two weeks to secure its future.


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Saddleback, Maine | Photo: Spencer Mendell

Trip Ideas: Saddleback, Maine

We know why you haven’t been here yet: because it’s wicked friggin’ hard to get to. But Saddleback is worth the trip.

Season Pass Roundup 2015-16

Season Pass Roundup 2015-16

Find your ski pass for next season—and the best deals—here.

Ski Trip Ideas: Sunday River Ski Resort

Trip Ideas: Sunday River, Maine

At this enormous mountain, huge investments in snowmaking (including more than $1 million just this season) and impeccable grooming pay off.

Grease keeps you warm. And Sugarloaf’s Bag & Kettle’s most famous dish, the Bag Burger, is happy to help. It’s a six-ounce ground-beef patty with American cheese on a bun imported from Boston, lettuce and tomato, curly fries, and Bag Sauce—a top-secret concoction. Honorable Mentions: Splitz Grille (Whistler, British Columbia) Midnight Express (Chamonix, France)

The Bag & Kettle

An English-style pub with a relaxed Maine vibe and freshly-brewed beer.