I had the pleasure of stealing away from work last Thursday night and hitting the road for that long drive up to Sugarloaf to have a Friday ski day with some old friends. The conditions Friday reaffirmed that Sugarloaf is one of the East’s best ski resorts. January alone has seen 50 inches of snow, and they’ve received 127 inches of snow total this year.
But as I was saying, the conditions last Friday were amazing. They had just received several inches of new snow, the snow quality was amazing, and the entire mountain was open. And we skied it all. Starting at the Super Quad, heading over to King Pine, and riding the Spillway Double a couple times, we took advantage of Sugarloaf’s huge selection of terrain. Even White Nitro, which usually is mostly boiler plate ice, had nice hardpack on it. The only hiccup on the day was that there was an electrical problem with the Timerbline Chair so it was shut down. Besides that, there was the perfect storm of ideal temperatures, snow quality, and midweek skiing (i.e. no lift lines). The skiing was so good we couldn’t get Russ off the mountain – he skied from 8:30am until 4:15pm.
When you ski that long, you’ve earned apres. Cocktails, hot tub, and food were all at the top of the list while we waited for Apres enthusiasts John, Kim, and Lisa to make it up from Portland. There isn’t a huge selection of apres locations at Sugarloaf, but what is there is very strong. The Widowmaker is the go-to spot for on mountain drinks and the place to be for Reggae Weekend, and Bullwinkles is great for that midday brew. We went with The Rack at the base of the access road for the live music from the band Pict. With $2 Tall Boys, live music, and a great vibe you can’t go wrong.
Long story short, Sugarloaf has possibly the best skiing on the east coast, and after all that skiing the beers at apres taste even sweeter. So don’t let the long haul on the Maine Turnpike and Rt. 27 scare you, the juice is worth the squeeze.