Sugarloaf is the largest ski resort east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. Covering a whopping 1056 skiable acres, this resort does everything big. Nestled on the north side of Sugarloaf Mountain, this ski resort has an impressive vertical of 2820 feet. The summit rises up to 4237 feet, and the base lodge rests below at 1417 feet. Sugarloaf receives an average of 197 inches (5.0 meters) of snowfall per year and supplements this with snowmaking coverage over 60 percent of the mountain.
The Lifts and Trails
Looking at the trail map, Sugarloaf seems like it would be difficult to get around, but nothing could be farther from the truth. There are 15 lifts, including two super quads, three high-speed quads, one triple, six doubles, and two surface lifts. The lifts are capable of ferrying 21,810 skiers up the mountain per hour, and on most days, they need every bit of that capacity.
There are 153 named trails and glades to explore with 23 percent rated as beginner, 34 percent rated as intermediate, 27 percent rated as advanced and expert runs accounting for 16 percent. For those who like a little variety in their slopes, there are 28 glades, three terrain parks, and one Superpipe.
Expert skiers who really want to experience Sugarloaf should head up to the summit and play in the Snowfields. This region of double black diamond trails is located above the tree line, which means that you have a wide-open expanse to play in. Some of the trails have nice steep pitches that will provide a good challenge. Keep in mind that if you’re skiing the backside Snowfield to work to the left to avoid going out of bounds.
Breaking it Down
Sugarloaf is one of those resorts that every skier or snowboarder should visit at least once in their life. With a crazy vert and a massive number of trails, there’s something here for everyone. The nightlife is amazing, and the apres-ski scene will keep you entertained long after you should have gone to bed. Some of the favorite venues include the Widowmaker Lounge, the Beach, and the Sugarloaf Inn.
Whether you’re a novice skier who holds yard sales every run or an expert skier who eats couloirs for breakfast, you’ll find something to keep you entertained. The only drawback to skiing Sugarloaf is the crowds. If you can look past those and the lift lines, you’re going to have a blast at Sugarloaf.