SUGARLOAF RESORT GUIDE

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Sugarloaf Resort Overview

April 2021

Sugarloaf, located in the Bigelow Range of Northwestern Maine, is a hardcore skier/rider's paradise. With better-than-average snowfall (200+ inches), above treeline skiing, an extensive 'sidecountry'* gladed skii area, AND a cat skiing operation, "the Loaf" offers an experience unlike anywhere else in New England. While Sugarloaf is a trek, you will quickly find it is well worth the drive. Skiers and riders who brave the journey are greeted with the most terrain (1,200+ acres and 2,800 feet of vertical) of any resort east of the Rockies and the bonus of extremely manageable lift lines. If you're lucky enough to visit mid-week, you'll practically have the place to yourself!

Sugarloaf features a small but lively mountain village, complete with the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, several fantastic dining options, and a laid-back but energetic aprés scene. There are also plenty of lodging options within the village and the surrounding towns of Kingfield and Eustis on platforms like AirBnB. If you want the best skiing around and don't mind travelling for it, this is your spot. Sugarloaf is part of the Ikon Pass and the New England Pass (along with Sunday River & Loon).

*The Brackett Basin and Burnt Mountain areas offer backcountry-style skiing, though they are maintained and patrolled. See Sugarloaf's website for more details.

CLOSED for the season

Snow Reliability

Family Friendly

Snow-Making & Grooming

Travel Convenience

Terrain Variety

Extreme / Off-Piste Terrain

Ski School

Accommodations

On Mountain Dining

Quick Take

Let's Go

  • Unmatched terrain — over 1,200 acres of developed trails and sidecountry featuring everything from steep groomers to soft bumps, vast glades, and above-treeline skiing in the Snowfields

  • The most northerly major resort in New England, Sugarloaf enjoys consistent snow coverage (over 200" annually) and one of the longest seasons in the region — often remaining open until late April/early May

  • Lift lines are practically non-existent

  • Eat and drink well with fantastic on-mountain dining options and a casual, but lively après scene

Hesitations

  • Sugarloaf is a haul — 4-hours driving from Boston and 2.5 hours from Portland, ME

  • Though natural snow tends to be pretty solid, only about 65% of the resort's inbounds terrain is covered by snow-making

  • The food is outstanding and the après is awesome, but there aren't really any upscale/luxury options 

  • Lodging is somewhat limited — make sure to check Airbnb

Insider Tips

  • When the snow is good, Burnt Mountain Cat Skiing is a must. For ~$20-30, take two trips up the untracked slopes of Burnt Mountain. Reservations required, book here

  • Who doesn't like donuts? How about mini, eat-a-half-dozen-no-problem donuts? What if they come in flavors like Maple Bacon, Cookies & Cream, or Fruit Loops? If so, the Eighty 8 Donuts Cafe is the best place to start or end your day

  • Make sure to check availability at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. Sometimes you'll score a good deal on slopeside lodging

  • You like burgers, right? Sugarloaf classic Bag and Kettle is home to the best you'll find in Western Maine. Pair it with one of their in-house brews and you'll be feeling all warm and fuzzy

  • The annual Reggae Fest, held in early April, features soft skiing, great music, and a super friendly crowd. It's the epitome of good vibes!

Trail Map

For an in-depth breakdown of Sugarloaf's terrain, head to our Mountain Guide. Top trails and mountain stats included. 

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Getting To & Around

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Sugarloaf is a serious drive – 2:30 from Portland and 4:00 from Boston via I-95 and Routes 139, 201A, 16, and 27. Having a car is a must to get to the mountain and navigate the sourrounding area.

Getting To

Closest Major City: Boston, MA

  • Distance: ~225 miles South

  • Travel Time: ~4 hours drive

Closest Town: Kingfield

  • ~18 miles, ~25 minute drive

Portland, ME: ~130 miles, 2.5 hours drive

Neighboring Resorts

Sugarloaf is relatively isolated in the Bigelow Range of Northwestern Maine, but there are a few other destinations within reasonable driving distance for a longer trip.


Closest Neighbors

  • Saddleback (Indy Pass) – 42 miles, 1.25 hours

  • Sunday River (Ikon Pass) –  87 miles, 2 hours

Travel by Plane

Closest Major Airports: Boston, MA

  • Distance: ~225 miles South, ~4 hours drive

Closest Regional Airport: Portland, ME

  • ~130 miles, 2.5 hours drive

Direct service from 23 major cities – see full list of flight offerings here

Travel By Bus

There is no bus service to Sugarloaf from major cities or airports. However, Sugarloaf does provide a free shuttle service around the mountain village and surrounding accomodations.

Travel by Car

Having a car is essential to get to Sugarloaf. Parking is abundant and free. Sugarloaf offers a free shuttle service for travel around the mountain village.

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