Sugarloaf joins the Boyne Resorts family.
2020 Roadmap Announced
Ten years ago, we unveiled the Sugarloaf 2020 Road Map. Not a plan, per se, but a vision of where we wanted to take Sugarloaf over the next ten years. A road map to guide us in our development decisions. Ten years later, much of that vision has been realized and we're ready to take the next step towards the future of Sugarloaf.
Brackett Basin Phase II
Phase II of Brackett Basin introduced skiers and riders to even more of the Eastern Territory. Acreage increased significantly, and we were one step closer to accessing the summit of Burnt Mountain.
We doubled down on snowmaking production and efficiency with the addition of 300 Low-E HKD Snowguns.
Burnt Mountain Summit Opened
The Burnt Mountain Summit opened, marking the eastern-most expansion of the resort boundary. Accessible only by hiking or skinning, it introduced a whole new way to earn your turns. With the peak we'd all been dreaming of finally within reach, one of the most exciting parts of the Sugarloaf 2020 plan was realized.
Hiking to the summit of Burnt Mountain meant Sugarloafers deserved next-level aprés relaxation. The addition of a 30-person hot tub and other upgrades to the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel changed the village landscape and improved the off-mountain experience for hotel guests.
New King Pine Lift Terminal
A new Doppelmayr TRISTAR terminal was installed on the King Pine lift, improving safety and reliability.
Lift System Upgrades
With an eye toward safety improvements, better reliability, and increasing ease of access to all areas of the mountain, Sugarloaf overhauled many of the safety and electrical systems in lifts across the resort.
Alfond Competition Center
In partnership with Carrabassett Valley Academy, the Sugarloaf Ski Club, and the generous support of the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation, the Alfond Competition Center cemented Sugarloaf's status as the East's premier ski racing development center. In addition to hosting teams across the nation, the new space procides conference and wedding guests another on-mountain option for events.
Burnt Mountain Cat Skiing
The first true cat skiing operation in New England gave Sugarloafers access to untouched glades and opened up even more sidecountry acreage. The custom passenger snowcats bring guests 1.5 miles up into the Eastern Territory and accesses terrain that can't be reached by chairlift.
Boyne Resorts Purchases Sugarloaf
Though Boyne had been managing resort operations since 2007, the company purchased Sugarloaf as part of a six-resort acquisition, making Boyne the third largest mountain resort company in North America and setting the stage for new investments and improvements in the ensuing decade.
All New Widowmaker
An après favorite, the Widowmaker was completely revamped over the summer of 2019. Our live music lineup meant we needed a bigger, better stage, and relocating the bar improved efficiency and made it faster than ever to grab one of 20 Maine-brewed beers on tap. The loft was transformed, including the addition of a rooftop deck looking out over the Beach with one of the best mountain views in the area.
Innovative dual frequency radio frequency identification (RFID) gates will be installed at several lifts. This new technology will streamline the customer experience by providing direct-to-lift ticketing options and reducing or eliminating time spent at the ticket window.
Caribou Pond Dam
As Phase I of a complete snowmaking system overhaul, the construction of a new dam at Caribou pond will make our water source for snowmaking consistent and reliable - the first step toward doubling Sugarloaf's pumping capacity. The installation of new HKD KLIK hydrants and new low-energy guns will also provide the first steps toward a more efficient and automated snowmaking system.
Snowmaking Overhaul Phase II
Phase II of our snowmaking system overhaul will see construction of a new pumphouse and a new booster pump at mid-mountain, which will roughly double the amount of water we are able to pump up the mountain. A reconfiguration of the air and water lines on the mountain will improved the efficiency of the system and better enable us to make snow in numerous locations across the mountain at one time. Continued investment in new hydrants and guns will move us further toward system automation.
Timberline Replacement & Upgrade
As our signature summit-access lift, Timberline is a crucial piece of the on-mountain experience. In the coming years, we'll look to replace and upgrade Timberline, extending the bottom terminal down to Bullwinkle's and paving the way for a year-round summit experience offering.
Race Training Surface Lift
To be built in partnership with Carrabassett Valley Academy, a new surface lift will facilitate training for alpine athletes on Narrow Gauge and Competition Hill.
Summit Building Transformation
The summit building is one of Sugarloaf's most visible features, and transforming the building in a way that will provide a unique, year-round summit experience will be a priority in the next decade.