Sugarloaf Ski Resort
Maine’s second highest peak is home to Sugarloaf ski resort and its 162 tree-lined trails.
Sugarloaf is a very well-developed resort, located in the pretty mountains of Maine. The north-facing mountain holds its snow well and thanks to comprehensive snowmaking, snow reliability has improved significantly in recent years. There’s a good pod of beginner terrain at the foot of the mountain, with longer blues and some steeper tree-runs further up the hill, just note that the lift system is a little antiquated. The jewel in the crown however for experts is the cat-skiing, operated by the resort itself, which runs on Burnt Mountain to access an extensive area of un-groomed steep terrain.
There’s a good selection of accommodation at the foot of the hill, ranging from family-friendly condos located right on the slopes, to several hotels with good facilities. There’s some decent restaurant options, including a microbrewery, but if you’re staying in a condo, pick up some supplies on the way up to the resort and self-cater. Getting here requires a 2.5 hour drive from Portland, or a 4 hour trip up from Boston, but the drive is fairly easy, utilising interstate highways for much of the route.
Resort website: www.sugarloaf.com