Surrounded by Maine’s Western Mountains in the heart of the Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf offers the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing in the East. Offering over 1,200 skier and rider accessible acres and a continuous 2,820 feet vertical, Sugarloaf is Maine’s second highest peak. The annual snowfall totals 200 inches and 12 lifts provide access to 162 trails and glades, 4 progressive terrain parks, including an experts-only park, and a Superpipe.
The Sugarloaf Regional Airport is about a 10-minute drive from Sugarloaf. The nearest large airport to the ski resort is Boston Logan International Airport, which is 250 miles (4 hours) away. Train service is available from Portland, Maine. Check the Amtrak schedule. Greyhound also offers bus service from Portland, Bangor and Waterville, Maine.
The ski resort offers snowmaking on 618 acres of the 1,240 skiable areas. The top elevation is 4,237 feet with a base elevation of 1,417 feet. The longest run is 3.5 miles. The Snowfields at Sugarloaf are the only lift-serviced, above-the-treeline skiing available on the East Coast. The breakout of trails is 23% beginner, 34% intermediate, 27% advanced and 27% expert. There are 28 glades, which make up about 19% of the skiable area. Cross-country skiers can take advantage the 90 kilometers of Nordic trails.
The lift capacity is 19,348 skiers per hour with the lower lifts opening at 8:00 am, and the main mountain lifts opening at 8:30 am. All lifts close at 3:45 pm. The length of the season is November through early May.
Sugarloaf has been recognized for its efforts to reduce waste and energy. It also has a private middle/high school known as Carrabassett Valley Academy that offers both college preparatory academics and competitive skiing and snowboarding training. It has produced multiple Olympians and world champions.
Take advantage of the free public transportation system that transports visitors to areas throughout the resort. Besides winter activities, the mountain also offers golf and mountain biking as well as several activity centers, including the Anti-Gravity Complex and the Outpost Adventure Center, which offers ziplining, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf and more.