What Our Friends from the North Can Expect Coming to Sugarloaf This Season
O, Canada! It's been a week since the U.S.-Canada border opened on November 8, and there’s no time like the present for Canadian Loafers to start planning their return trip to Sugarloaf. Here’s all the information our friends from the North need to know before coming to the Loaf this season.
We’re All-In for Winter (Again)
Last winter, while facing the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we embraced a collective mission like never before and committed the All-In Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to health and safety. As we approach the 2021/2022 ski season, the promises made in our pledge remain tried and true:
- First and foremost, we promise to make the health and safety of our guests, employees, and community our first priority.
- Secondly, we will meet or exceed any and all applicable CDC and State of Maine guidelines for safe operation.
- We commit to clearly messaging our updated safety guidelines.
- Not only that, we will exhibit behaviors that demonstrate our continued commitment to health and safety by implementing the use of face coverings, social distancing, and enhanced sanitation practices.
- Last, but certainly not least, we vow to listen to feedback from our guests and fellow businesses to continually work towards improving upon our health and safety standards.
So, you can count on knowing that when it comes to operating safely, we’re all in.
General Manager Karl Strand said it best: “We have learned a lot over the past year, and we're thankful and proud of our efforts to help keep the resort a safe and fun place to visit. And while things are closer to normal than they were a year ago, there are still some guidelines to be aware of before your visit. We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local health officials, and outlined below you will find details on our plans for different areas of resort operation. We encourage you to thoroughly review all of this information prior to visiting us, and look forward to seeing you here this fall and winter.”
What to Expect
In accordance with current CDC guidance, face coverings/masks are recommended and encouraged while indoor for all guests regardless of vaccination status; in addition, all Sugarloaf staff members are required to wear face coverings while indoors.
We implemented this practice last season and will continue to suggest it this winter: if you’re sick, stay home. Even if you’re certain it’s just a cold, we ask that you please remain at home if you’re feeling under the weather. We’re all in this together, and sometimes that means staying apart.
And, if this past year has taught us anything, it’s important to stay flexible. This outline reflects our current practices and policies, though we will continue to adapt and adjust our operations to follow the latest rules and guidance from the CDC and State of Maine—so, just as we must remain flexible with our plans, we encourage you to be flexible with yours.
Know Before You Go
Things have changed a little bit since last season. Here’s how:
- At this time, there are no capacity limits on our lift operations; in addition, face coverings will not be required while in line or while riding the lift.
- At this time, there are no capacity limits on our beloved Base Lodge or other buildings.
- Like last year, restaurants and retail stores will be open as usual.
- Lodging will be available, as usual, in the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel and resort condos; all lodging properties booked through Sugarloaf follow the American Hotel and Lodging Association Stay Safe guidelines for cleaning and safety protocols.
- We have installed air purifiers in common indoor areas throughout the resort, including the Base Lodge, restaurants, and retail stores. These purifiers use a variety of technologies, such as air filters, ion generation, and light waves, to destroy contaminants, including viruses, both in the air and on surfaces.
We’ve missed the presence of our Canadian counterparts on the hill; in anticipation of their return, we’ve crafted a custom product just for our friends North of the border! Introducing the March passport, priced at just $279 and available exclusively to our Canadian neighbors—this is your golden ticket to the best skiing and riding in the state of Maine: the March Passport offers unlimited direct-to-lift access at both Sugarloaf and Sunday River from March 1-31 2022. Enjoy longer days, warmer temperatures, and peak season conditions during Canadian school vacation weeks.
Plus, all March Passport purchasers are also eligible to receive our passholder lodging discount, which offers 15% off rates in on-mountain accommodations throughout the month. After all, everybody knows a full day on the hill is great, and knowing you don’t have to drive home after? That’s even better.
To secure your March Passport at the lowest rates, visit March Passport (sugarloaf.com) before December 14.