Sugarloaf and Northern Outdoors Blend Summer and Winter with "Raft and Ski" Weekend

By AlpineZone News |
Apr 24 2008 - 09:16 AM

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Sugarloaf, Maine’s premier ski and golf resort, has teamed up with Northern Outdoors to offer skiers and paddlers a unique opportunity to experience two seasons in the same weekend with the first ever “Raft and Ski” weekend, May 3-4.

Adventure seekers eager for spring but still embracing this year’s extraordinary winter snowfall can have the best of both worlds for one weekend in May, with both resorts offering discounted rates for guests who raft on Saturday and ski on Sunday.

“It’s not often that you’re able to raft and ski in the same weekend,” said Frank Guerriero, Director of Marketing at Sugarloaf. “With well over 200 inches of snow this season we’ve been able to remain open later than any other resort in Maine, and we’re excited to be able to offer our guests this experience.”

The 2008 whitewater rafting season will officially begin on May 3 with the first of 10 dam releases on the Dead River this summer. Normally priced at $59, Northern Outdoors will offer trips down the Dead for $49 when combined with a day of skiing at Sugarloaf.

May 4 will be the final day of skiing and riding at Sugarloaf for the 2008 season, and with 216 inches of snowfall this winter, guests will find excellent spring skiing conditions. Lift tickets will be available for just $39 when coupled with a rafting trip the day before.

“This truly is a unique opportunity. The ability to ski and raft Maine in the same weekend only happens once in a very long while,” said Russell Walters, president of Northern Outdoors. “Everyone who takes advantage of this deal will really have something to talk about around the water cooler on Monday morning.”

End of season lodging deals are available. Please visit and for lodging rates and additional information.

About the Sugarloaf Resort – Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is recognized as one of the top winter and golf resorts in the world and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East and one of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

About Northern Outdoors – Based in the The Forks, Maine, Northern Outdoors is a premier four-season adventure resort, catering to seasoned outdoor experts as well as first-time adventurers and family explorers. For reservation information, please go to or call 800-765-7238.

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