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

February 20th – PHOTOS

Sorry, I’m a bit late on this month’s photos post but here you go: 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.

Ski Areas Operating this Weekend – 2/16 and 2/17

Fresh snow and even more terrain! Here’s how it looks:

SugarloafAll lifts are scheduled to operate, including the Bateau T-bar. 145 trails and 1110 acres are currently open including the backside, Burnt, and Brackett. Fireworks will kick off February school vacation Sunday night on the beach.  Click HERE to check out other events throughout the week.

Sunday River: All 15 lifts are scheduled for 8am with 135 trails and 873 acres. With the new snow, Sunday River is back to 100% open once again. Click HERE to see what’s going on event wise.

Shawnee PeakAll 6 lifts will be open with all 43 trails trails including 3 parks. Movies and Apres? Click HERE.

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.

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

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

Camden Snow Bowl: All lifts are scheduled to operate with 15 trails and a park.

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 8 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.

It is currently unknown if Powderhouse Hill will open or not. Click HERE for the lastest updates.

Shred that pow,
Kai