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.
The Ikon Pass continues to grow this week adding 7 new resorts around North America and extending the days at a few eastern resorts. Earlier this week they announced that Taos, Solitude, and Brighton would be joining them for the 2018/19 ski season. Each mountain proudly posted that they would be joining this growing pass:
This morning they also announced that Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Loon would now get up to 7 days at each mountain, instead of the original 7 days between the three resorts. Each mountain posted something similar to this:
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@ikonpass is “not done yet” as said in their Instagram story just about an hour ago. Tomorrow they will be announcing one more resort that is joining their pass.
This pass just keeps growing and getting better. 34 destinations becoming 35 tomorrow, it doesn’t get much better than this. And while this pass is starting at only $699 for adults, it beats the season pass price at many of the ski areas around the country.
Sugarloaf will be the only mountain in Maine opening this weekend. The SuperQuad chair will run from 8:30am to 3:50pm on both Saturday and Sunday. After this weekend, Sugarloaf will be closing down for the 2017-18 ski season.
All though I usually stick to Maine, over in Vermont three ski areas will operate this weekend.
Jay Peak has the Jet Triple and Bonaventure Quad open today and into the weekend. They originally planned to close after this weekend, but now have new plans. Jay Peak will be suspending all operations this upcoming week with plans to reopen next weekend (conditions permitting).
Killington is running the Superstar lift today and into the weekend. Their plan is to close Monday to Thursday and reopen Friday to Sunday as long as conditions allow.
Sugarbush will open for their final weekend Saturday. The Valley House Quad will spin from 9am to 5pm on both May 5th and 6th accessing limited terrain.
Get in those last runs!
Update: Jay Peak will not reopen for a final weekend on May 12th and 13th. Killington continues to open Friday to Sunday until the snow is gone.
This weekend, 3 ski areas in Maine will be operating.
Big Rock will be open top to bottom this weekend with access to all trails and 3 lifts. Closing Sunday for the 2017-18 season.
Sunday River will be running White Cap and Barker lifts this weekend with access to about 50 trails. Weekend operations only through 4/29.
Sugarloaf will be open top to bottom this weekend with 127 trails and 6 lifts. Daily operations through 4/29.
4/23/18 UPDATE: Sugarloaf Mountain will be extending their season to Sunday, May 6th. “We’ll be open daily through April 29th, with plans to suspend mid-week operations April 30th – May 4th, and reopen for a final weekend May 5-6th,” says today’s Sugarloaf Daily Report.