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Sunshine and classic spring conditions on tap for 21st Annual Bud Light Reggae Festival

Festival features 11 bands day and the most spring skiing on the east coast

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – With the start of Sugarloaf’s annual Bud Light Reggae Festival just days away, forecasts are promising a classic spring weekend for the biggest spring skiing party in the east, April 16-19. Sugarloaf is currently one of only seven resorts in the east still open, and has the most open terrain in the east, with 114 trails covering 542 acres.

Weather forecasts are calling for sunshine and spring temperatures straight through the weekend, with temperatures expected to approach 60 degrees during the day on Friday, and sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 40s expected for Saturday and Sunday. Given the unpredictability of April weather in the mountains, this is welcome news for festival goers.  

The spring festival features free outdoor reggae music throughout the day on Saturday from multiple bands, as well as the classic late season conditions that have made Sugarloaf a favorite spring destination for skiers and riders on the east coast. Music continues throughout the night as well, on multiple stages.

This year’s festival will feature music from eleven different bands including Canadian reggae star Jah Cutta, Boston based band Westbound Train, and Darryl Jenifer, the famed bassist from the group Bad Brains.

The annual springtime festival got its start at Sugarloaf in 1988 as a way to celebrate the changing of seasons and enjoy the deep snow, warm sun, and classic spring skiing that the resort is famous for. Since that time the festival has grown into one of the most popular spring parties in ski country, drawing 10,000 or more reggae and spring skiing fans each year.

Sugarloaf offers a number of different ticket options for shows throughout the weekend. For $40 guests can purchase a “Good Vibes” pass that guarantees admission to both the Friday and Saturday night King Pine Room shows. The Good Vibes pass is the only ticket that can be purchased in advance of the festival.

Individual tickets for the Friday and Saturday night shows will be available for $25 on the day of the show only. Widowmaker Lounge upgrades will be available for $10 each night as space permits. 

All King Pine Room and Widowmaker Lounge shows are 21-plus only and proper ID is required. All outdoor shows on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to all ages. No outside alcohol may be brought into the venue, and all bags and coolers are subject to search.

A limited number of ski and stay packages are still available for Reggae Weekend starting as low as $89 per person per night, and include lodging, lift ticket, and access to the Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center.

For more information on Sugarloaf and the Bud Light Reggae Festival, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.  


About the Sugarloaf Resort – Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is recognized as one of the top winter and golf resorts in the world and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East and one of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.