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Sugarloaf/USA is well north of Sunday River Ski Resort, its mountain is higher, its snow is colder and drier, its crowds are smaller, and four Olympians trained here.


Sugarloaf/USA Ski Resort is 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Kingfield, Maine, and 131 miles (211 km) north of Portland (map).

Being farther north (map) than Sunday River means that it takes longer to get to Sugarloaf, but for those willing to make the trek, this is an advantage. You'll have more of the mountain to yourself.

Speaking of the mountain, it's Maine's second highest at 4237 feet (1291 meters), the vertical drop is 2820 feet (860 meters), the second-longest among New England ski resorts (after Killington). It's the only mountain in the eastern USA on which you can take a lift above tree line.

There are 133 trails (35 green, 41 blue, 57 black; total length 54 miles/87 km). 17 of the trails are gladed.

The 15 lifts include two high-speed SuperQuads and two high-capacity quads. The 10-year average of natural snow is 206 inches (5.23 meters), and the resort has the ability to create snow on 94% of its trails.

How good is the skiing and snowboard riding? Well, four Olympic contenders honed their skills on the slopes of Sugarloaf: Kirsten Clark, Emily Cook, Bode Miller and Seth Westcott.

Variety of terrain and quality and quantity of natural snow are among its strong points.

This is a resort with all services: kids' programs, ski and snowboard schools, terrain parks, cafeterias, restaurants, bars, and plenty of lodging.

I particularly like that the Grand Summit Hotel is right next to the lifts. Talk about slopeside! (See the photo on the right.) The 7-room Nestlewood Inn Bed & Breakfast is not much farther away, and cozier.

In nearby Kingfield, the 26-room, 3-star Herbert Hotel is the traditional favorite. The4-star, 6-room Mountain Village Farm B&B is a step up in comfort.

For cross-country skiers, Maine Huts & Trails is establishing a chain of country huts on 180 miles (290 km) of cross-country ski trails, with the comfortable huts about 11 miles (18 km) from one another. The Stratton Brook hut is not far from Sugarloaf. More...

The small town of Kingfield, 15 miles south of Sugarloaf, has a few services, but you'll probably spend virtually all of your time at the resort. This is forested Maine, with only a few small villages scattered here and there.

Here's why I like skiing at Sugarloaf/USA.

Here are driving directions, mileages and travel times to Sugarloaf/USA.

5092 Sugarloaf Access Road
Carrabassett Valley ME 04947 (map)
Tel 800-843-5623, 207-237-2000

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Sugarloaf Ski Resort, Maine

Above, the lodge at Sugarloaf Ski Resort.

Below, Sugarloaf Grand Summit Hotel
is right next to the lifts!

Sugarloaf Grand Summit Hotel



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