Early opening made possible by offseason investment in new snowmaking technology
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Thanks to favorable temperatures and a new fleet of state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment, Sugarloaf, the largest ski area in the East, will kick off its 62nd season on Friday, November 7 at 9am. Friday’s opening day is a full week ahead of schedule, and the earliest opening day at Sugarloaf since 2007.
Sugarloaf’s snowmakers have been able to take advantage of a sustained window of below freezing temperatures since Sunday to blanket several trails in fresh snow. The crew utilized $1 million worth of new low-energy HKD snowguns, purchased during the offseason.
Skiing and riding on opening day will be available on the Boardwalk and Lower Winter’s Way trails, with lift service available on the Double Runner East lift. The resort will remain open on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-3:50pm, before closing on Monday for the midweek period. Lift tickets will be just $25 for all ages.
If weather and conditions cooperate, Sugarloaf will reopen for good on Friday, November 16.
The early opening was made possible by a $1 million offseason investment in 300 new low-energy snowguns, produced by Snow Economics Inc. / HKD Snowmakers. The new guns are able to produce the same amount of snow as traditional, older equipment, while using up to 90 percent less compressed air, and produce greater quantities of snow at marginal temperatures (20-30 degrees).
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The offseason investment was part of Sugarloaf’s ten-year development plan, called Sugarloaf 2020, which the resort unveiled in 2010. The 2020 vision includes plans for new lifts, improved snowmaking infrastructure, and a massive, 650 acre expansion onto neighboring Burnt Mountain, making Sugarloaf the largest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains. For complete on the Sugarloaf 2020 plan, please visit www.sugarloaf2020.com.
For more information on snowmaking and conditions, visit www.sugarloaf.com.
About Sugarloaf – Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East. and the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.