Ski Resort Life

Summer Resorts 2003: Sugarloaf, Maine


You’d expect to find great mountain biking on the slopes of Sugarloaf, including some of the choicest singletrack in the Maine woods. But you might not anticipate teeing off on a golf course so fine that it has been ranked No. 1 in Maine by Golf Digest for the past 17 years. The Sugarloaf Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., delights serious duffers with its demanding terrain. Enroll in the Original Golf School program for a fighting chance at making par.

Golf may be Sugarloaf’s premier manmade attraction, but water is its greatest natural asset. Book some time with a Registered Master Maine Guide to learn how and where to cast a Royal Wulff or learn the J-stroke on Flagstaff Lake. Sugarloaf’s partnership with Northern Outdoors, Maine’s premier whitewater outfitter, can get you out on a thrilling ride on the Kennebec River. And various other organized activities, such as a four-star Wilderness Cookout or a Twilight Moose Cruise, are ideal for family recreation.

If it’s some adult time you crave, enroll the kids (ages 4-13) in the Outdoor Adventure Camp for a day or a week. Teens might be more inclined to head to the Antigravity Complex, which has the state’s largest indoor skate bowl, a climbing wall and a trampoline. If they still have energy to burn, a brisk five-hour ascent of 3,600-foot Burnt Mountain should take care of it.

•DON’T MISS Book one of Sugarloaf’s mountain biking guides for a full ($85) or half-day ($65) of riding, including bike, helmet and guide. 800-843-5623;

•BEST DEAL The Surf & Turf package ($169 per person, double occupancy) includes two nights’ lodging, one breakfast, rafting on the Kennebec, a riverside cookout, green fees, cart and access to the health club. 800-843-5623;