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.
More Snow Making
Snow making upgrades continued with the installation of 150 more Low-E HKD Snowguns.
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 provides 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.
Snowmaking System Overhaul
A comprehensive 10-phase project to overhaul Sugarloaf's snowmaking system will begin with upgrades to pumps, electrical systems, and snowmaking pipes, as well as new booster pumps that will improve our ability to make snow at higher elevations. New high-efficiency snowguns will be added to our fleet, beginning with more than 200 new guns in 2021; these initial phases will also include new snowmaking infrastructure for newly developed West Mountain terrain.
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.
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.