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Views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain stretch across three states and parts of Canada, from Maine's Carrabassett Valley to the rolling hills of Vermont and New Hampshire. Though the resort's peak offers breathtaking panoramas, the terrain below is more apt to leave visitors short of breath. At 4,237 feet, Sugarloaf is Maine's second-highest summit and boasts the second-longest vertical drop of any ski resort in New England. More than 1,600 acres of varied terrain encompass back-country-style glades, a half-groomed, natural snow bowl, and the longest continuous fall line in New England, all of which skiers access from 14 chairlifts or the upholstered backs of the mountain's rare breed of servile moose. In the spring, the snow melts to unveil the verdant fairways of Sugarloaf's Robert Trent Jones–designed golf course as they arch over steep hills and vanish behind groves of trees. Recently named Maine's No. 1 course by Golf Digest for the 26th time, the mountainous layout dazzles golfers with scenic topography, including the String of Pearls, a seven-hole stretch that hugs the Carrabassett River, where crystalline water flows over a track of smooth rocks. At the course's signature 11th hole—a par 3—sweeping views of the terrain may divert golfers' attention from the green 124 feet below or the earthworm lethargically stealing their favorite tee. Sugarloaf's accommodations run the gamut from the newly refurbished refinements of the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel to the quaint Sugarloaf Inn. Though rooms vary considerably, some of the amenities include wood stoves, kitchenettes, ski lockers, and Swiss-made snowball machines. Most lodgings are either located at the base of the mountain or near the trails, and many have access to ski-on, ski-off paths that lead to the lifts

5092 Access Rd.
Carrabassett Valley,
ME
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Established: 1976

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours

Brands Used: White Water Rafting Maine - Kennebec, Penobscot, Dead Rivers

Pro Tip: Advance Reservations (2-6 weeks) required, vouchers only accepted with advance reservations and subject to availability.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Kennebec River Rafting

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with the Owner

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

I began whitewater kayaking and rafting in 1980, and never turned back.

What special training do you or your staff have?

All river guides are Registered Maine Whitewater Guides. This requires extensive training and a state of Maine examination.

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?

Extensive on-river and off-river training and company policies. 38 years experience.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

In addition to fun and exciting whitewater trips, Maine Whitewater offers kayaking, ATV tours, wildlife tours, snowmobile tours and packages including deluxe cabins, tent camping, RV camping, and meals at our Maine Resorts.

Kennebec River & Dead River
Bingham,
ME
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With flight ratings of Airline Transport Pilot, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Commercial Pilot among them, the seven-man team at Airlink LLC can wear a lot of hats. In a given week, they might take first-time pilots aloft for a half-hour introductory flight, conduct a ground school lesson for students working toward a Private Pilot’s license, and whisk sightseers away on scenic flights over the Carrabassett Valley or Sugarloaf Mountain. Based out of the Waterville airport, the FAA-approved 141 Flight School employs a fleet of Cessna and Beechcraft airplanes – including one seaplane – as well as a flight simulator that assists the learning process by eliminating variables such as adverse weather conditions and backseat-driving seagulls.

2 Lafluer Rd
Waterville,
ME
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Having operated out of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport for nearly two decades, the certified instructors of Central Maine Skydiving have completed over 10,000 collective jumps as USPA-certified educators. Instructors guide tender-footed jumpers through tandem and static line jumps, and offer solo flights to seasoned free-fallers and direct descendants of Icarus.

32 Waverly Ave
Pittsfield,
ME
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For more than 50 years, Northeast Coffee Company has connected loyal customers and national businesses alike with their favorite renowned brands of coffee and loose-leaf teas, including Green Mountain Coffee and Bigelow. But in its modern incarnation, this distributor thinks beyond the staple beans and teas. Their online catalog and storefront in Skowhegan now carries a variety of specialty products, including Selection cappuccino mix and Swiss Miss hot-chocolate packets. They also stock a wide range of K-cups, including those from Caribou, Wolfgang Puck, and Green Mountain Coffee, all of which come in airtight containers that keep every roasted flavor impeccably fresh and ready for immediate brewing. To complement their beverages, they also stock coffee sweeteners, disposable cups, and lids to prevent potential spills while riding the family dog to work.

61 Southgate Industrial Parkway
Skowhegan,
ME
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Organized and curated by the Maine Film Center, the MIFF has been celebrating local and international cinema since 1998. For nearly two weeks, the society fills the Waterville Opera House and Railroad Square Cinema with screenings, panel discussions, and catchphrase workshops for aspiring action stars. Every year, the festival presents a worthy performer with their forward-looking Mid-Life Achievement Award, which assures winners such as Malcolm McDowell, John Turturro, Ed Harris, and Terrence Malick that their greatest works are not necessarily behind them.

1 Silver St
Waterville,
ME
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