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Last site activity: March 15th, 2019

Welcome to Maine Lift!
My name is Kai and I am a lift enthusiast based at Sugarloaf in Maine. Over the past ten months, I have created databases with info about every lift in Maine. I am still working on taking photos of these lifts, but until then, most images are provided by newenglandskihistory.com. You can also check out my blog by scrolling down below this page.

This winter, I am spending most of my time at Sugarloaf, with big trips planned to France and Colorado. I estimate I will ski around 130 days this year. Follow along on these journeys on my Instagram (@maine.lift) and my Facebook Page.

Interested in lift videos? Check out my YouTube Channel to watch lift videos from around the world.

Please add your comments or contact me for more info. 

Shred on,
Kai

March 20th – PHOTOS

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 5 photos from Instagram to share with you with a theme of Sunrise.

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Sunrise over The Meadows.

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Ski Areas Operating this Weekend – 3/16 and 3/17

Another beautiful weekend is almost here! Warm temps and corn snow all around the state! Here’s how it looks:

Sugarloaf: All 13 lifts are scheduled to operate this weekend. Starting this weekend, SuperQuad will be open until 4:20 every Saturday for the rest of this season. 156 trails and 1193 acres are currently open including Burnt, Brackett, and the backside. Follow along on Twitter @SugarloafSnow for the latest lift and trail updates.

The U.S. Alpine Speed Championships kick off Saturday on Narrow Gauge. Watch some of the nations best racers zoom down the hill. Racers include Sugarloafer Sam Morse and more.

Sunday River: All 15 lifts are scheduled starting at 8am with 133 trails and 870 acres. The Chondola, South Ridge Express, and the Sundance Surface Lift will be open for night skiing until 8pm tonight and Saturday night.

Want to test out your winter driving skills? Sign up now for the BMW Winter xDrive Experience. Drive with a professional driving instructor that will show you winter driving skills using the xDrive; BMW’s amazing all-wheel-drive system.

Shawnee PeakAll 6 lifts will be open with 35 trails including 3 parks. Shawnee claims they have the “DEEPEST BASE in YEARS!”

Season passes for next winter are on sale now through April 1st. Don’t miss out! 2019-20 passholders can ski for the rest of this season FREE.

Mt. AbramThe Wayback Machine, Skyline Chair, and Sawicki will be open with 43 trails anticipated.

Lost ValleyAll 3 lifts will be open this weekend with 22 trails. Go tubing for only $12 per day for the rest of the month. Click HERE for the full event lineup.

Black Mountain2 lifts are scheduled with 26 open trails. 15 trails will remain open for night skiing. Check out this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Bash. You could win a season pass!

Bigrock: Bigrock should be open again this weekend, but all trail and lift info is currently unknown. Click HERE for the latest updates.

Camden Snow Bowl: All lifts are scheduled to operate with 26 trails. Take part in the Cardboard Box Derby on Sunday!

Big SquawThe Donaher Triple is scheduled to operate this weekend with 28 out of 30 trails to shred.

Hermon MountainHermon will be open once again with 1 lift and 20 trails. Tubing will also be open 9am-9pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday.

Titcomb, Mt. Jefferson, Lonesome Pine Trails, Quoggy Jo, Eaton Mountain, Baker Mountain, and Spruce Mountain should also be open this weekend with no aerial lifts.

Pinnacle will be open to the public Sunday ONLY.

Powderhouse Hill will make the opening call later on. Click here for the latest updates.

See you on the hill,
Kai

*Due to the thaw-freeze cycle likely in effect this weekend, please see individual mountain reports for the most up to date info. Terrain may be limited to groomed terrain only Sat. or Sun. morning at some ski areas.

Ski Areas Operating this Weekend – 3/9 and 3/10

Clear skies, comfortable temps, and more snow on the way! Here’s how it looks:

Sugarloaf: All 13 lifts are scheduled to operate this weekend including Double Runner East which has been repaired. 154 trails and 1180 acres are currently open including Burnt, Brackett, and the backside. Cat Skiing tickets are still available. Click HERE to join in on the fun. The 2019-20 New England Pass is on sale now and continues until Sunday. Pay in full and ski the rest of this season FREE at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon.

Sunday River: All 15 lifts are scheduled for 8am with 133 trails and 870 acres. The Chondola, South Ridge Express, and the Sundance Surface Lift will be open for night skiing until 8pm tonight and Saturday night. The 2019-20 New England Pass is on sale now and continues until Sunday. Pay in full and ski the rest of this season FREE at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon.

Shawnee PeakAll 6 lifts will be open with 42 trails including 3 parks. Planning on visiting more than once this month? The March Madness Season Pass is now available with unlimited skiing and riding all month! Just going Saturday Night? Ski 6pm-9pm for just $19.

Mt. AbramThe Wayback Machine, Skyline Chair, and Sawicki will be open with 43 trails anticipated.

Lost ValleyAll 3 lifts will be open this weekend with 22 trails. Go tubing for only $12 per day for the rest of the month. Click HERE for the full event lineup.

Black Mountain2 lifts are scheduled with 26 open trails. 15 trails will remain open for night skiing along with some live music.

BigrockAll 3 lifts will bring you up the mountain with all trails currently open. It’s deep out there.

Camden Snow Bowl: All lifts are scheduled to operate with 26 trails.

Big SquawThe Donaher Triple will be open Saturday and Sunday with 28 out of 30 trails to shred.

Hermon MountainHermon will be open once again with 1 lift and 20 trails.

Titcomb, Mt. Jefferson, Lonesome Pine Trails, Quoggy Jo, Pinnacle, Eaton Mountain, Baker Mountain, Powderhouse Hill and Spruce Mountain should also be open with no aerial lifts.

I’m over in Vermont this weekend skiing Stowe and Burke. Follow along on my Instagram page @maine.lift.

Rip it up,
Kai

Sugarloaf’s DRC East Closed for Repairs

If you’re a Sugarloafer and were skiing late last week or this weekend, you probably noticed the Double Runner East chair was not spinning.

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Double Runner Chair Closed // Taken March 3rd, 2019

At the end of last week during morning testing, lift mechanics noticed that the DRC East auxiliary engine was making an unusual sound. They ended up removing the engine from the terminal to further investigate. Replacement bearings and a crankshaft needed to operate the lift have ordered and are scheduled to arrive later this week. Sugarloaf hopes to have the lift back up and running as early as this Wednesday. Until then, Double Runner West will be operating serving the same terrain, plus some.

It will be interesting to see what Sugarloaf and Boyne decide to do with these two Borvig’s in the future.

Ski Areas Operating this Weekend – 3/2 and 3/3

Comfortable temps and beautiful snow this weekend! Here’s how it looks:

Sugarloaf12 lifts are scheduled to operate this weekend. Double Runner East will be closed this weekend. 151 trails and 1173 acres are currently open including Burnt, Brackett, and the backside. Cat Skiing tickets are still available. Click HERE to join in on the fun.

Sunday River: All 15 lifts are scheduled for 8am with 131 trails and 856 acres. The Chondola, South Ridge Express, and the Sundance Surface Lift will be open for night skiing until 8pm tonight and Saturday night.

Shawnee PeakAll 6 lifts will be open with all 43 trails including 3 parks. Planning on visiting more than once this month? The March Madness Season Pass is now available with unlimited skiing and riding all month!

Mt. AbramThe Wayback Machine, Skyline Chair, and Sawicki will be open with 43 trails anticipated. Apres with live music on Saturday from 4 to 8pm with TrebleMaker.

Lost ValleyAll 3 lifts will be open this weekend with 22 trails. Go tubing for only $12 for the rest of the month. Click HERE for the full event lineup.

Black Mountain2 lifts are scheduled with 26 open trails. 15 trails will remain open for night skiing along with some live music.

BigrockAll 3 lifts will bring you up the mountain with all trails currently open. 5 trails will remain open for night skiing. Bigrock just reached 16 feet of snow this year!

Camden Snow Bowl: All lifts are scheduled to operate with 10 trails. Show off your park skills at the Shred the Sea terrain park competition tomorrow at noon!

Big SquawThe Donaher Triple will be open Saturday and Sunday with 28 out of 30 trails to shred.

Hermon MountainHermon will be open once again with 1 lift and 20 trails.

Titcomb, Mt. Jefferson, Lonesome Pine Trails, Quoggy Jo, Pinnacle, Eaton Mountain, Baker Mountain, and Spruce Mountain should also be open with no aerial lifts.

Have a great weekend,
Kai

Extreme Winds Destroy Sugarloaf Cell Tower

At this point, you’ve probably heard the news… On Monday, high summit winds bent the communication tower in half.

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For most Sugarloafers, one glace up to the summit and you could tell something wasn’t right. Monday night Sugarloaf released the following statement on Facebook:

“It’s been a pretty wild day on top of the mountain today, to say the least. A lot of you have probably seen these images going around this evening and we can confirm they’re real. This tower was blown over in a gust of wind earlier today.

Sugarloaf doesn’t own or operate any of the communication towers on our summit – we lease space out to various companies who manage a number of towers. We don’t use them in any operational capacity, so this shouldn’t affect mountain operations in any noticeable way.

It’s a good reminder though of how intense conditions on our summit can get sometimes, and why it’s always best to heed ski patrol closures on the summit at all times.” –Sugarloaf Facebook

To put the amount of wind into perspective, Mount Washington received a gust of 171 mph which is an all-time high for the month of February.

Sugarloaf was almost completely shut down due to wind on Monday.

Ski Areas Operating this Weekend – 2/23 and 2/24

Some of the best conditions of the year with fresh snow and even more forecasted for Sunday! Here’s how it looks:

SugarloafAll lifts are scheduled to operate, including the Bateau T-bar. 151 trails and 1166 acres are currently open including the Burnt, and Brackett. Cat Skiing tickets are still available. Click HERE to join in on the fun.

Sunday River: All 15 lifts are scheduled for 8am with 135 trails and 873 acres. Sunday River is still 100%! Click HERE to see what’s going on event wise.

Shawnee PeakAll 6 lifts will be open with all 43 trails including 3 parks. Try a pair of Parlor Skis demoing on Saturday.

Mt. AbramThe Wayback Chair, Skyline Chair, and Sawicki will be open with 43 trails anticipated.

Lost ValleyAll 3 lifts will be open this weekend with 22 beautiful trails. Go tubing for only $12 this weekend.

Black Mountain2 lifts are scheduled with 26 open trails. 15 trails will remain open for night skiing along with some live music.

BigrockAll 3 lifts will bring you up the mountain with all trails currently open.

Camden Snow Bowl: All lifts are scheduled to operate with 26 trails, a park, and 6″ this week.

Big SquawThe Donaher Triple will be open Saturday and Sunday with 28 out of 30 trails to shred.

Hermon MountainHermon will be open once again with 1 lift and 20 trails.

Titcomb, Mt. Jefferson, Lonesome Pine Trails, Quoggy Jo, Pinnacle, Eaton Mountain, Baker Mountain, Powderhouse Hill and Spruce Mountain should also be open with no aerial lifts.

Enjoy the snow,
Kai