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Sugarloaf opens for skiing and riding

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (November 22, 2011) – Sugarloaf, Maine’s tallest winter resort and the largest ski area in the East, opened for skiing and riding at noon today on three trails and one lift, covering 1750 vertical feet. The 2011-12 season marks the 61st winter season for the iconic Maine resort. (Click here for additional photos.)


Despite above-normal daytime temperatures over the past week, Sugarloaf was able to run as many as 110 snowguns during overnight hours and make enough snow to cover nearly three miles of terrain on the Tote Road trail. In addition, an early-season storm is expected to drop as much as a foot of new snow on the resort tomorrow.


By opening today, Sugarloaf became just the fifth resort in the Northeast to open for the 2011-12 season. Lift tickets are currently just $29 for all ages.


“Temperatures haven’t been quite as low as we would have liked over the past two weeks, but our snowmakers are a hard working bunch and they’ve been able to take advantage of the cold overnight periods to get this place ready to go,” said Rich Wilkinson, Sugarloaf’s Vice President of Mountain Operations. “It’s always exciting to kick off the season, and we’re looking forward to seeing Sugarloafers back on the mountain.”


Sugarloaf will remain open for skiing and riding seven days a week throughout the winter season. The resort will continue its early season tradition when it hosts the 27th annual Tin Mountain Round Up, November 26-27, when guests can ski or ride for just $29 if they donate three or more canned food items to help supply local food banks.


During the offseason Sugarloaf invested roughly $4.3 million toward resort upgrades, including a brand new quad chairlift and over 100 acres of new terrain in the Brackett Basin area. The new lift, called the Skyline Quad, takes the place of the Spillway East and West chairlifts, and is expected to open in early December.


The offseason upgrades are part of Sugarloaf’s ten-year development plan, called Sugarloaf 2020, which the resort unveiled in 2010. The 2020 vision includes plans for new lifts, and a massive, 650 acre expansion onto neighboring Burnt Mountain, making Sugarloaf the largest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains. For complete on the Sugarloaf 2020 plan, please visit www.sugarloaf2020.com.


For more information on snowmaking and conditions, visit www.sugarloaf.com.