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Sugarloaf Resort Reviews

by: Pow Hound - 22nd March 2009

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 5Aprés Ski
  • 5Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Challenging runs, Great ski school, Varied terrain, Backside accesible by hiking
Windhold days, Sometimes cold and or icy, Food is a bit pricey

Full review

Let me start by saying that the 5 stars I gave in every category are 100% true. The terrain is unparalleled by any other resort in the East. Everything from above tree-line snowfields, to long, groomed cruisers. The terrain parks are big, and they recently put in a snowboard/skier cross course, designed by X-Games gold medalist Seth Wescott, who calls this mountain home. The ski school here is amazing, coaches will even take you to some secret stashes. Two chairlift rides take you to the 4,237 ft. summit, which has experts only runs, called the snowfields. If you hike from the Timberline chair up to the tower at the true summit, you can drop into the backside, a steep, ungroomed run that's great on powder days. There are also easier ways down from the summit, Timberline is a long, green cruiser that's accessible from the Timberline chair. The Super-Quad is a high speed quad that gets you to some great cruisers, like Tote Road. Also in that area is the double black bump run Skidder, which is not to be under-estimated. A more advanced top to bottom cruiser is Narrow Gauge, the only FIS Certified Course in the East. Whiffletree, another high speed quad takes you to some great blue and green runs, or you can head over to King Pine chair, which gets you to the East Side, a group of blacks and blues not for the faint of heart, but very fun for those who can handle them. Sugarloaf is in a rather exposed spot, so it sometimes gets hit with a "breeze" or two, but on those days you can get up fairly high thanks to the t-bar. Eating here is as varied as the terrain, there's a new burrito shop near the base lodge, which I haven't tried yet. The base lodge has the usual ski area food, mini-pizzas, brownies, soda, all that good stuff. At night the Bag is great for a burger or pizza, and Gepetto's is good too. The Double Diamond Steakhouse in the hotel has a nice breakfast buffet, and some higher end dining at night. The Widowmaker hosts concerts fairly often, for you night life folks. I would highly recommend Sugarloaf to anyone who loves skiing, as it is a skier's mountain (and snowboarders too).

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