Thanks to nearly three feet of recent snowfall, Sugarloaf has officially dropped the ropes on a newly developed area of sidecountry terrain. On Tuesday, February 17, 2014, the summit of Burnt Mountain opened for skiers and snowboarders for the first time in the Maine resort’s history.

"As far as in-bounds resort skiing goes, it's truly unique in the East,” said Sugarloaf Assistant Ski Patrol Director, Roddy Ehrlenbach. "It's very much like a backcountry experience, from the hike out to the terrain you ski down from the summit. It's a lot of work to get out there, but if you're prepared for it, it's well worth the effort."

This marks a huge milestone in the Sugarloaf 2020 plan for the resort's 10-year development. Paired with the opening of Brackett Basin last season, the resort has expanded gladed terrain offerings by more than 650 acres.

The Burnt Mountain experience is for expert skiers and riders only, and familiarity with winter backcountry skiing or hiking is strongly recommended. Skiers embarking on the hike to the summit of Burnt Mountain should be equipped with food and water, appropriate layers, and a should travel with a group of three or more people. The full trip to the summit of Burnt Mountain and back to the resort base area can take anywhere from two to four hours.

More information at www.sugarloaf.com.