Welcome to Maine Lift!

Last site activity: November 15th, 2018

Hello and welcome to Maine Lift! My name is Kai. I have a huge passion for skiing and I am very interest in ski lifts and the ski industry. I have finished creating a database with statistics and pictures of every ski lift in Maine.

I am now keeping a blog about what’s going on in Maine, lifts and all. If a bigger event based on lifts happens outside of Maine, they can also be seen in the blog by scrolling down below this page.

On every 20th of the month, I do a photos post. This is me sharing my favorite recent lift photos from around the world. For a chance to be featured, tag @maine.lift on your Instagram posts.

Please add your comments or contact me for more info.  Thanks for visiting mainelift.com! I hope to see you again!

Kai Glidden

Sugarloaf Opening Tomorrow!

14 hours. That is the amount of time until Sugarloaf opens for the 2018/19 ski season. Get excited, ’cause it’s gonna be a good one. 

Sugarloaf employees “tested” out the snow earlier today, and all reports point to good. Actually, fantastic. And it only gets better…

Forecasts are calling for 6-10 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow night at both Sugarloaf and Sunday River. Looks like opening day will be one for the books.

Cold Temps Arrive, Guns are Blowing!

Beginning last night, Sugarloaf fired up their snow guns for the first time this season. Over 100 guns blew fresh snow on Tote Road, Candy Side, and parts of King’s Landing. Sugarloaf plans to keep the guns going all week and let the snow pile up, along with the help of mother nature.

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Snow makers are ready- are you? #theloaf #openingfriday

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Opening day is planned for this coming Friday, the 16th. And if all goes well, it looks like we may be skiing on more than just one trail. SuperQuad is set to spin beginning Friday morning at 8:30, so don’t be late.

October 20th – PHOTOS #7

There are currently 20 operating ski areas in the state of Maine. So, on the 20th of every month, I post a few of my favorite recent lift photos from around the world. This month I’ve chosen 6 photos from Instagram to share with you.

Snowmaking is a GO; Ski Season Nears

This morning at Sunday River, snowmakers took to the slopes firing up 124 guns on T2, Jim’s Whim, and all of Sunday Punch. They will continue to make snow for as long as possible as temps allow. “Our plans are the same as they are every year — we’ll open as early as we possibly can!” says Sunday River’s Mountain Report. Snowmaking this year is 15% greater than previous years thanks to the new river pipeline.

And as snowmaking is just beginning here, over at Killington plans are in place to open tomorrow (October 19th)! The North Ridge Triple is scheduled to open on Friday at 10am and on Saturday at 9. And if you don’t have a season pass here, day tickets will be $59 for adults, $45 for youths, and $50 for the seniors.

Snowmaking has also officially started at Vermont’s Mount Snow.

Snow is falling and lifts are (almost) spinning! What are you waiting for now?

Snow Decided to Show up at Sugarloaf… Finally!

Last night and into this morning, cold temps allowed the clouds to form wet, heavy flakes of snow. For me at least, it feels like it’s been an eternity since snow last fell to the ground.

Sugarloaf employee Noelle Tuttle took out her skis and headed to the hills. As you can see above, snow piled up here overnight. The 2018-19 ski season should be beginning very soon! And with cold temps on the way, Sugarloaf or Sunday River might even fire up the guns.

Vermont’s Killington Fires up the Guns

Earlier today, Killington fired up their snow guns. Once again they are the first to make snow and will also be the first to open (if conditions allow).

Today.  Credit: Killington Resort

The North Ridge area is now the main focus for snowmaking as this will be the first area to open to the public. Superstar also has guns blowing preparation for the November World Cup races according to newenglandskiindustry.com.

Killington lift tickets are now on sale until October 18th. During this sale, you can save up to 45% on day passes. With a new lift from Leitner-Poma, trail improvements, RFID ticketing and more, it sounds like Killington is becoming an even bigger east coast premier resort.

Next up: Sunday River (if weather allows).