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The polish of a big resort, but without the crowds. Great snow! Excellent beginner and intermediate trails.


Because it's a longer drive from Boston and other major cities, the crowds are lighter.

The managers say that 7 minutes is about the longest average time you'd spend in line waiting for a lift. Mid-week, in most cases you just ski onto the lift.

That is great!

In effect, you spend a little more time driving to gain a lot more time skiing, and less time dealing with crowds.

My ski abilities are nothing to brag about, which is a main reason I like Sugarloaf/USA. I find their green (beginner) and blue (intemediate) trails to be easier than similarly-marked trails at other resorts, including nearby Sunday River.

Staying at the Sugarloaf Grand Summit Hotel, I can walk to the Sugarloaf Super Quad high-speed lift in five minutes, ride it up, then follow the short Pinch trail (blue) to the Timberline Quad and ride that to the summit (4237 feet/1291 meters) above treeline.

Wow! The view is spectacular!

But here's the best part: I can then cruise all the way from the summit back to the base lodge on green (beginner) trailsTimberline, Horseshoe and Windrow—if I like, or I can choose blue (intermediate) trails such as Tote Road and Candy Side all the way to the bottom.

The Sugarloaf trail maps even put a smiley face symbol on the easiest trails to the base, just in case you're in doubt.

I actually like the Whiffletree High-Speed Quad lift a lot as well, coming down on Cruiser if I'm feeling intermediate, or broad and gentle Whiffletree if I'm feeling winded and want an easy ride.

I've stayed at condominiums at Sugarloaf as well, and for the last run of the day it's great to cruise along Stub's or Buckboard (both green) right to my condo.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Sugarloaf Summit, Maine

On the summit: Sugarloaf is the only ski resort in New England with a lift that goes above treeline.




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