Posts Tagged ‘Sugarloaf’

Combine skiing, golfing, steel pans this weekend at the ‘loaf

April 28, 2010

Get your last runs of the season in, and combine it with a round of golf this weekend at Sugarloaf. Here’s the deal: This weekend, May 1-2, is Ski and Tee Weekend, where you can ski on the mountain and play the back nine at the Sugarloaf Golf Club all in the same day. The cost is $25 for nine holes, or just $10 for those who show a lift ticket ($35) or New England Pass valid for that day.

Even better: Stick around Sunday afternoon, when more than a dozen steel drum bands from across New England will perform in front of the Sugarloaf Inn. The 20th annual PanNE Steel Band Festival, hosted by the Western Mountain Trash Can Band, is slated Sunday, May 2, beginning at 10 a.m. It’s free.  Sounds like a perfect picnic opportunity to me.

Sugarloaf is reporting 8-10 inches on the upper mountain (less than 3 at the base), and it’s operating two lifts, the Superquad and Spillway East. Friends report that even before this storm, the skiing was mighty fine above Peavy X-Cut. BUT, here’s the fine print: You can’t ski to the base, you have to walk down once the snow runs out, and that point varies day to day. You might want to bring a backpack with hiking shoes to make the slug through them mud and whatnot a bit easier than hoofing it in ski boots.

The mountain closes for the season on Sunday, May 2. After this weekend, the golf course will close until its scheduled opening date of May 28.

Ready to Reggae? Sugarloaf announces line-up

March 13, 2010

Sugarloaf’s Bud Light Reggae Festival returns April 15-18 for three days of insanity, music, wild times, and (one hopes) spring skiing. The 2010 Reggae Festival will feature 11 bands, with a different headliner each day. Among those performing are:

• Inner Circle, Friday night, in the King Pine Room, tix required

• Kenyatta Culture Hill, Saturday night, in the King Pine Room, tix required

• TOSH-1, Sunday, free, and on The Beach

Supporting bands, performing for the free, outdoor concerts on The Beach, indoors for apres ski in the Widowmaker, and as warm-ups for the featured attractions, include:Mighty Mystic, Royal Hammer, Mystic Bowie, JSAN & The Analogue Sons, Dub Is A Weapon, Trumystic, iLa Mawana, and DJ Kompost.

If you haven’t been to Reggae Weekend, well, it’s an experience that kind of in the same vein as Woodstock (if you can remember it, you weren’t there). Full details, including schedule and costs, are on the website.

Psst, the skiing is fabulous, sunshine for Sat.

March 12, 2010

I know that down on the coast and points south its full-blown spring, robins and daffodils, tennis and golf, but here at Sugarloaf and nearby Saddleback, it’s still winter. I’m just off the slopes, and the conditions are phenomenal: Utah-like high-alpine snow, along with sunshine and temps in the 40s. No corn, no bare spots, not even any thin spots. The cover is deep, and the woods are still white. While rain is predicted elsewhere, the latest forecast for Sugarloaf/Saddleback calls for sunshine tomorrow and into Sunday. Trust me, you won’t regret scoring a few more runs this season, and this weekend is looking primo. Just remember to bring the sunscreen.

Seth Wescott thrills the Loaf, talks about Maine

March 8, 2010

Had the great fortune to attend Maine golden boy Seth Wescott’s homecoming celebration at Sugarloaf, and hat’s off to the guy. Wescott’s love for his hometown and state is heartfelt, and Mainers know that. They also know he gives as good as he gets.

A humongous crowd showed up at the ‘loaf to welcome him home, and Seth didn’t disappoint. He rode in amidst throngs of eager kids, then took to a balcony podium, where Maine Governor John Baldacci congratulated him, before turning over the mic. Afterwards, Seth patiently sat and signed autographs for what must have been hours, giving each child his undivided attention for a minute or two as he signed, smiled for the photo, and engaged the kid in conversation.

Back in 1991, Seth said he attended the U.S. Open and watched his biggest heroes refuse to sign autographs for kids. “I said if I ever get to that point, it’s a way to give back; it motivates kids for years to come,” he said. “And I’d rather that than be a jerk.”

WinterKids

Seth is not only a motivator, but also a spokesperson for Maine’s WinterKids Program, which aims to get kids participating in winter sports. He sees his role as a “natural extension of the way I was introduced to the sport.” Neither of his parents skied, so it took initiative to not only take up the sport but keep with it. “Maine’s winters are long and cold, and there’s a lot of childhood obesity. It’s important to get kids outdoors to have fun.” And that’s, what WinterKids is all about.

Training at Sugarloaf

Seth also talked about his connection to the ‘loaf. When asked why he remains anchored here when so many athletes choose to move elsewhere to live and train, he said: “I don’t want to move my home. You can’t get a sense of home by changing your roots. It never crossed my mind to move.”

In high school, he’d look out the thrid floor window and see the back side of Sugarloaf. “I skipped a lot of school,” he quipped. “I feel more at home here than anywhere in the world. We spend so much time on the road.” Then he praised the local facilities—the mountain, CVA, and the Anti-Gravity Center: “These are equally as good as if not the best training and gym facilities anywhere in the U.S.”

Future vision

Seth is aiming for the 2014 Olympics, and he’s also planning to play a role in Sugarloaf’s future. “Sugarloaf is in my heart. There’s a lot I want to do,” he said. He’s involved with a Vision 2020 program that’s setting long-term goals. “I want to help the mountain implement the potential of what this place has to offer. There’s another whole mountain to develop, so much potential to realize, and I’m excited to get involved to make that reality. The next 10 years are going to be exciting.”

We’ll be watching, Seth, we’ll be watching…

Sugarloaf welcomes Wescott home Saturday

March 2, 2010

Olympic double-gold medalist Seth Wescott will return to a hero’s welcome at his home area, Sugarloaf, Maine, on Saturday, March 6. Wescott’s Homecoming Celebration kicks off at 1 p.m., with congratulations from Maine Gov. John Baldacci, but the shindig really gets rolling around 1:30, when Wescott will make a special entrance, details of which aren’t being revealed.

Seth will address the crowd, then sign autographs in the base lodge from 2-4 p.m. Special commemorative posters will be available. That event is expected to be especially kid-centric, but afterwards, adults rule at the Toast to Seth in the Widowmaker Lounge.

The event is the kickoff to to VISA Seth Wescott Ride With Me Tour, during which the snowboard phenom will travel across America sharing his passion. It’s also one more reason to get to the ‘loaf this weekend. As I’ve previously noted, the conditions are phenomenal. Expect crowds, but it’ll be worth it.

Just in case you’ve had your head in the snow, Maine native Seth Wescott is one of the most accomplished and decorated athletes in snowboarding history. He’s an 11-year US Snowboarding Team Veteran, 8-time X-Games medalist, former World and US Champion, and holds the only two Olympic Gold Medals ever awarded in the sport of snowboardcross.

Image courtesy Sugarloaf.

Whistler has Inukshuk, Sugarloaf has…

March 2, 2010

… so what should it be called? #Sugarloaf Image ©Hilary Nangle

Snow Gods smiling on Maine

February 27, 2010

Saturday, Feb. 27, courtesy Sugarloaf.

Since Wednesday, Sugarloaf has received more than 50 inches of snow, and another 12-16 are in the forecast before this megastorm moves out on Monday. Conditions are similar at Saddleback, with a bit less at Sunday River. At all, depths deepen and the snow lightens as the elevation increases.

Now I know lots of folks don’t believe resort reports, but I spend my winters just a few miles from the ‘loaf’s base, and I can vouch for the depth (as can my shoveler-in-chief husband). Outside my window, the world is white, with snow caked on the trees and clinging to every surface. And it’s still snowing.

The downside: If you’re not a deep or heavy snow skier/rider, you might want to wait until the  groomed crews roll it. Also, I’m hearing reports of huge lift lines, as some areas are having trouble with lift ops due to the snow (check current lift status when visiting the web sites, or call). And parking; not a pretty situation. And roads; getting here takes patience.

The upside: Wow! Powdah pigs are loving it. Even the natural snow trails are open with decent conditions. March is going to be fabulous.

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Wicked good Maine lift ticket deals

February 23, 2010

Yes! It’s finally snowing in western Maine’s mountains: No PR hype here, I’m looking out my window near Sugarloaf and it’s white, white, white, with snow predicted to continue into Thursday. Total accumulation? Forecasters are using the word feet. So dust off your skis and snowbaords, and take advantage of some of these lift ticket deals at Maine’s mountains. I’ve rounded up the best, and presented them alphabetically, below. NOTE: Some are midweek only; at the smaller areas, be sure to check hours of operation.

Black Mountain of Maine: $29 full day, any day.

Camden Snow Bowl: Two-hour lunch ticket, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, $12 for any two hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Mt. Abram: 2 for 1 Thursdays, two lift tickets for $49; Carload Fridays, $75 for everyone legally seated in a passenger car, SUV, or minivan.

Saddleback: 2 for 1 Wednesdays, buy one adult lift ticket for $49 and the second one is free. Also, $35 lift tickets, as indicated, on: Maine Day, first Sunday of each month (Maine residents with ID), Monday/Ladies’ Day, Tuesday/Telemark Day, Wednesday/Men’s Day.

Shawnee Peak: Carload Mondays, $79 for everyone legally seated in a passenger car, SUV, or minivan; Two Fer Tuesdays, $57 for two; Thursdays Men’s Day/Friday’s Ladies’ Day, Lift and Lunch $40

Sugarloaf/Sunday River: Frequent Skier Card, $89 includes one ticket plus $25 off midweek, $15 off weekend/holiday; E-Tickets, purchase online at least four days in advance for 10 percent savings. At Sugarloaf only: Maine Day Wednesdays, tickets are $30; valid Maine ID required.

Titcomb Mountain: $15 midweek, $25 weekend/holiday

Seth Wescott: double Olympic gold

February 16, 2010

Olympian Seth Wescott, who calls Maine’s Carrabassett Valley home, won his second Olympic Snowboardcross gold medal yesterday; he’d won the inaugural Olympic event in 2006. Seth is a western Maine mountain’s guy, his heart’s here and his home’s here, and he’s never forgotten his roots here. He’s an owner of The Rack, the restaurant and bar on Sugarloaf’s access road, which celebrated big time last night. There’s already a good display of Seth’s Olympic and other memorabilia on display, but that’ll probably grow when he returns from Vancouver. And, by the way, The Rack is one of the best places to catch him; either that or on the hill.

If you want to know a bit more about Seth, here are two articles worth a read.

Peggy Shinn, official blogger for the U.S. Team, talked with Seth after his win yesterday.

Rebecca Falzano interviewed Seth for Maine Home & Design‘s Jan.-Feb. issue.

Rockin’ in the mountains

February 3, 2010

This Saturday, Feb. 6, Rusted Root will perform at Sugarloaf, part of the Bud Light concert series at the ‘loaf, and the following one, Saturday , Feb. 13, Jonathan Edwards will play at Saddleback (Don’t those two choices pretty clearly illustrate the differences between the two resorts?).

At Sugarloaf, the Portland based band “Gypsy Tailwind” will open for Rusted Root. Tickets are $25 in advance (purchase online or call) or $27.50 at the door;cConcert ski-and-stay packages are  available beginning at $125 per person per night. Note: All Bud Light Concert Series shows are 21-plus and proper identification is required at the door. Doors open at 8:30pm.

At Saddleback, Mason Strunk, the grandson of Maine singer-songwriter Jud Strunk, will open for Edwards. Tickets are $30, available online or by phone, and the show begins at 8 p.m.

These concerts usually sell out, so take heed and book now.