Improvements in snowmaking, faster chairlifts, and refurbished base areas highlight the many new wrinkles being added to ski areas and resorts across New England this season.
Here’s a rundown of everything new to expect this winter when you make your first turns in Maine.
Sugarloaf Mountain Resort made major upgrades to its snowmaking system, installing a new booster pump house on West Mountain that will increase water pressure to new, high-efficiency snow guns. The booster will also allow for more snow guns to run, simultaneously, on the mountain, which should provide more early-season terrain. Sugarloaf continues to make progress on its West Mountain expansion, with a new lift (a high-speed, detachable quad) among the improvements slated for 2023-24.
The resort has also partnered with Carrabassett Valley Academy to put in a new competition surface lift (T-bar) located between the competition hill and Narrow Gauge trails in order to service Alpine racers during training and competitions.The resort also purchased the Herbert Grand Hotel in Kingfield, which will provide expanded housing opportunities for Sugarloaf staff members beginning this winter.