Variety of Terrain, Great Snow
Expensive Food, Unreliable Wind
I went to Sugarloaf in March. The mountain is very big, second biggest in Maine. The lifts are fast and it is always groomed. There was also a great variety terrain, which made things nice. One problem is that most of the beginner terrain has lots of traffic, but most trails are wide enough to accommadate. The terrain parks are alsogood, there is an easy one, mid difficulty, and expert. There are two-high speed lifts, although most of the others are slow. One thing I liked was that there were great views of other mountains, not urban sprawl, from the mountain. There is also an indoor skate park, rock climbing wall, weight gym and basketball court at the nearby anti-gravity rec center. You can also visit the outdoor center and extenxive x-c trail system. Several not so good things are that the food in the lodge is expensive, so bring your own lunch. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, Sugarloaf isn't probably the best choice. There is a spa and some similar amenities, but they aren't as good as Sunday River. Sugarloaf is more for better skiing and boarding. You also can't count on the weather, when I was there, it was too windy for some lifts to be open, which was disapointing. But don't get me wrong, Sugarloaf is a great mountain if you want to ski or board, tons of glades, huge vertical drop and great snow. It is definitely a worthwile mountain for any skier or boarder.