Renowned Ski Resort with Varied Terrain and Slope-side Accommodations
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 ski 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 present an open canvas of powdery snow waiting to be carved out in wide, sweeping lines.
Sugarloaf's accommodations run the gamut from a single bedroom at the slope-side Sugarloaf Inn to a five-bedroom, slope-side pad at Birchwood Condominiums that can sleep up to 12 (groups of 12 would require six Groupons). Though the available 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.
Included lift tickets grant skiers and boarders a full day's access to backcountry-style glades, a half-groomed natural snow bowl, and the longest continuous fall line in New England. Stationed on the western face of the mountain, the Timberline chairlift whisks passengers up the side of the mountain to the top of Tote Road, a 3.5-mile trail that runs from summit to base in a wide, sweeping arc. Un-groomed black-diamond trails known as "wild things" lure daredevils to King Pine Bowl, and a network of flatter slopes offers a perfect starting point for beginners and show-offs. In between runs, skiers can defrost with a mug of hot cocoa at Bullwinkle's Bistro or hit the sunny deck of Widowmaker Lounge for après ski drink specials and live music.