Media Alert – Update on Hurricane Irene’s Effects on Sugarloaf Area
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – On Sunday, August 28, the Sugarloaf area received 8.5 inches of rain in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Although the majority of Sugarloaf Mountain Resort’s grounds were not affected, several pieces of state-owned infrastructure were damaged causing some disruption to normal business activities at the resort.
Two bridges on Highway 27, one to the north of Sugarloaf and one to the south, were damaged in Sunday’s rain event due to high volumes of water in the river. The bridge to the north of Sugarloaf, which crosses the South Branch of the Carrabassett River, was damaged and is currently impassable. This portion of Highway 27 connections the Eustis/Stratton area with Sugarloaf Mountain and all points to the south.
The bridge to the South of Sugarloaf, located approximately 500 feet from the resort’s access road, was damaged and is unfit for vehicle traffic as well. A detour has been created for visitors to avoid the affected area of Highway 27, and allows for continued access to all of Sugarloaf Mountain’s amenities.
Currently, the Maine Department of Transportation is on-site and working with local officials and law enforcement to find a solution to reopen the bridges and reconnect the Sugarloaf area with all points north of the resort on Highway 27.
Along with the state-owned bridges on Highway 27, two bridges were affected on the Sugarloaf Golf Club. The Sugarloaf Golf Club, which is owned by the town of Carrabassett Valley and operated by Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, experienced damaged to two golf cart bridges which give access to tee boxes on the north side of the South Branch of the Carrabassett River. The bridges on the golf course are currently being inspected and will reopen to cart traffic when they are deemed safe, repaired or replaced. Despite the two bridge closures on the course, the Sugarloaf Golf Club will reopen for golfing on Tuesday, August 30 with nine holes available. Then, on Wednesday, August 31, all 18 holes will be open with two alternative tee boxes available in lieu of the boxes inaccessible due to the course’s cart bridge closures.
Despite the rain and damage to the afore mentioned bridges, the resort’s business operations will continue as usual. All conferences, weddings, scenic lift rides, zipline tours and resort amenities - including restaurants, retail operations and the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center - are continuing as normal.
About the Sugarloaf Resort– Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East and the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.