Sugarloaf will open for skiing and riding today at noon. Skiers and riders will have three miles of skiing on Pinch, Upper Tote Road, and Lower Tote Road serviced by the SuperQuad chairlift for 1,750 vertical feet of manmade snow. Tickets will be $29 for the limited terrain which is recommended for advanced skiers and riders only due to the early season conditions.
This is a feather in Sugarloaf's ski cap given warm weather patterns, and demonstrates the advancements in snowmaking in recent years with parent company Boyne's investment.
"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."
This marks Sugarloaf's 61st year; last season the Maine ski resort opened Nov. 21.
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