Sugarloaf Mountain is the second-highest mountain in Maine and offers a high-quality ski and snowboarding experience for winter Maine vacationers. Sugarloaf is a popular resort that never seems overcrowded offering skiing above the treeline at an elevation of over 4,200 feet. It's a 50-year-old resort that has many long-time fans, especially among expert skiers. Still, it's a great resort for families and low-key snow vacations.
Sugarloaf offers winter activities life ski and snowboarding competitions and festivals, live music and plenty of kid's activities. There's no reason whole families can't enjoy the activities like snowcatting, ice skating, dog sledding, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Snowboarding is big at Sugarloaf too, with a variety of features in their terrain parks to help beginners learn, and to help experienced riders learn to handle their wicked pipes, jumps, and variety of boxes and rails.
Sugarloaf offers plenty of dining choices and opportunities. Pub food, ski bars, and fine dining variety abound. From slope-side snacking to sit-down elegant dinners, you can find all of these things near the mountain. Though you'll have to look a little harder for the elegant taverns and restaurants, as most of the area offers typical mountain fare like steaks, sandwiches, soups, and grilled foods and snacks.
Shopping at Sugarloaf ranges from handcraftsmanship to chain stores, so you can find whatever you need. And the area is great for winter fans with all the snow and sports activities you could want.
Apres-ski offerings range from pubcrawling and enjoying locally brewed beer to live music and a club experience with slopeside views, or village type taverns and nightclubs. The area is pretty much a self-contained resort with all the dining, shopping, nightlife, and après-ski opportunities you could want, but beyond the mountain there are a variety of other things to enjoy. The resort is about four hours from Boston and eight to nine hours from New York, so you'll definitely enjoy the country, away-from-city-life atmospheres at Sugarloaf.
The more than 200 inches of snow means that there is plenty of powder for skiers and riders to enjoy, with plenty of snowmaking capacity at each park in case the natural snow doesn’t fall well, and to help extend the season. Dozens of trails and numerous lifts, including high-speed quads mean that there’s something for even the most expert skier, and beginners aren’t left out in the cold.
The mountain offers a number of terrain parks. Haywire is big and bold with huge rails and awesome jumps. Stomping Grounds is designed for intermediate snowboarders. There are five jibs and a super fun box, a culvert, skidder tire, and a jump you can hit from different angles. It’s great for fairly experienced freestylers who find the beginner park too easy, but Haywire too intimidating. Sidewinder is the terrain park full of banked turns, rollers, a jump line, and awesome tables for the intermediate and experienced riders. And don’t miss the half pipe and the superpipe. It’s a mammoth 400-feet long with 18-foot walls for extreme riding. For beginners, Skybound Park is there to help you learn how to hit your first rail, box, or jump.
This ski resort offers many other options besides slopes and terrain parks, as if those aren’t enough. Ice skating is a popular pastime along with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding and sleigh rides. Indoor activities for kids are available, too.
It’s definitely a country atmosphere at the resort because they are far away from metro areas, so be prepared for a lot of outdoor sports and relaxing in front of fireplaces in a rustic atmosphere.