Conditions as of March 25, 2017 at 8:25 AM EDT
24 hr 7-8"
7 days 1,100
skiable acres of 1,230 137
trails open of 160 77
trails groomed 64
Primary Surface: Packed Powder
Secondary Surface: Hard Packed
Chance of Rain
*8:25am UPDATE: Start times for the races today have been updated to 10am for the women and 11:45am for the men.*
We're off to the races, Sugarloafers! Today is the day athletes, coaches, and our crews have all been waiting for. The hard work they have been putting in will finally come to fruition as we kick off the 2017 US Alpine Championships. Competitions get underway this morning with the Super-G; the longest in distance of the three disciplines we'll see this weekend, this is a speed event in which participants are only given one run to create sweeping turns around the gates and over the rollers and jumps in the fastest time they can. How speedy are they? The athletes can reach speeds of up to 80 mph. The women will be the first out of the gate starting at 9:45am followed by the men at 12:15pm. Opening day will conclude this evening with Opening Ceremonies located on The Beach starting at 6:30pm. There will be a Parade of Athletes, Super-G awards, and wrap up with a display of fireworks.
Thanks to the consistent snow showers yesterday the mountain picked up two inches of light snow which should make a nice refresher to the trails this morning. The activity has stopped and the skies are still rather cloudy right now but skies are expected to clear a bit putting the skiers under a partly sunny sky. Temperatures will be rather comfortable as the base will range between 30-34 degrees and summit between 21-25 degrees, and wind out of the northwest will remain fairly calm.
Snow cat headlights were scattered across the mountain last night and our groomers are finishing up as we speak and their final tally is 77 trails. They managed to get a ton of extras this morning including Stubs, Springboard, Buckboard, Lower Glancer, and Choker. Lift Ops have upped their count now that the weekend is here; skiers and riders will have all lifts open to them. Spring has sprung here at the Loaf and that means 30 more minutes of the SuperQuad; on Saturday's it'll close at 4:20pm.
As usual, the Widowmaker has you covered for your live music needs this weekend. Harsh Armadillo will take the stage for two sets today, one at 3pm and another at 9pm. Gepetto's and 45 North are joining in as well; they both have live music starting at 3pm.
This weekend the 2017 US Alpine Championships are taking place, bringing the countries best alpine ski racers to Sugarloaf to compete for national titles. Make sure to check the web page for all the details, including where spectators can watch, info on opening/closing ceremonies and fireworks display and a full schedule of events. Narrow Gauge and Competition Hill will be closed through the weekend.
Sugarloaf is joining in on the Maine Maple Sunday fun. Coming up this Sunday, bring the kiddos, and yourself, to the Sugar Shack on The Landing and enjoy our very own hot maple syrup served over Gifford's vanilla ice cream. Our team will be serving the tasty treat between 11am-2pm or until it runs out.
Thinking about buying your 2017/18 New England Pass? You still have time to get it for the current special price, but don't delay; prices will increase after April 30th. You can even use next years pass now through the end of this season if you don't currently have a pass and pay in full. Short on cash? You can lock in the lowest price for just $50 down with our payment plan. Check out all the details here.
The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center is open daily with both skate and classic skiing. The skating rink is closed. Check out their Conditions Page for the most up-to-date info and conditions. The Nordic Retail Shop and Rentals are open from 9am-5pm, and the Bull Moose Cafe is open from 10am-3pm through this Sunday, March 26th.
Come join me in cheering on the athletes at the finish line!
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