SUGARLOAF ANNOUNCES WEST MOUNTAIN EXPANSION
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - In what will be one of the most transformative projects in its 70 year history, Sugarloaf has announced plans for the development of nearly 450 acres of terrain on West Mountain with new alpine trails, snowmaking, a new high speed chairlift, tubing park, downhill mountain bike trails, and residential real estate.
The West Mountain expansion was announced as the centerpiece of a ten-year resort vision, called Sugarloaf 2030. The plan outlines a roadmap for growth at the resort over the next ten years, and includes five new or upgraded lifts, new alpine terrain, real estate development, investments in technology, and much more.
West Mountain Expansion
The West Mountain expansion will see the construction of a new high-speed, high-capacity chairlift that will transport guests from a base on West Mountain Road all the way up to Bullwinkle's restaurant, and will be accompanied by significant new trail development and snowmaking infrastructure, as well as a new eight-lane tubing park. This development will greatly expand Sugarloaf's beginner and intermediate trail offerings, and will shift significant amounts of skier traffic from the SuperQuad, Sugarloaf's busiest chairlift. In addition, new parking lots will add space for as many as 450 additional vehicles.
The project will also be transformative for summer business, with plans for a lift-serviced mountain bike park and a renovation of the Bullwinkle's restaurant that will allow it to operate throughout the summer and host wedding and conference guests. The project also calls for 75 new residential real estate lots, adding needed inventory to the local market.
"This will be the most significant project at Sugarloaf since the SuperQuad was built in the mid 1990s," Sugarloaf General Manager Karl Strand said. "We're thankful for leadership of Boyne Resorts, which, over the past 13 years, has helped us get Sugarloaf to a position of growth that allows for development projects like this."