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Snowmaking begins at Sugarloaf

Offseason upgrades increase efficiency and provide better early-season snow 

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – With flurries falling and temps in the low to mid twenties this morning, Sugarloaf began snowmaking operations in preparation for the 2009/10 season. The familiar sound of snowguns echoed through Carrabassett Valley as snowmakers covered the upper section of Tote Road for several hours.

This morning’s snowmaking was a test of the system as Sugarloaf’s snowmakers prepare for a major snowmaking push over the next two weeks in preparation for opening day on Friday, November 20. The resort plans to open with skiing and riding on Tote Road, with lift service on the SuperQuad chairlift. If weather permits, crews are hopeful that they’ll be able add additional trails for opening day as well. 

“This morning’s test went well and we’re excited to be making snow again,” said Dan Barker, Sugarloaf’s Snow Surfaces Manager. “With this year’s investment in our snowmaking system we expect to be able to make more snow faster and earlier than we ever have before.” 

Sugarloaf again invested heavily in upgrades to its snowmaking system during the offseason in order to enhance its early season snowmaking capacity. Over 10,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe was installed over the summer, including a new line on Gondola Line Extension, Sidewinder, and Peavey Cross-Cut. This year’s upgrades come on the heals of substantial improvements to the snowmaking system last year, including six new water pumps, 50 new low energy HKD guns and 25 new Boyne Low-E Fan guns, which specialize in making snow at warmer temperatures.  

This seasons upgrades were part of more than $1.8 million in offseason enhancements at Sugarloaf, including new wind fencing at the top of #3 T-Bar and the Double Runner Chair, new sheave train configurations on the SuperQuad, new trail signage, and new lift houses. Additionally, the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel received more than $600,000 in upgrades, including the exclusive Boyne Bed and flat panel televisions in every room. Since 2007, Sugarloaf has benefited from over $11 million in capital improvements since joining the Boyne Resorts family.  

Sugarloaf will host the 23rd Annual Tin Mountain Round Up on Nov. 21-22, when guests can ski or ride for just $30 when they donate three or more cans of food to help local food banks.  

For more information on Sugarloaf visit www.sugarloaf.com or call 1-800-THE-LOAF.