Sugarloaf 2020

A ten-year road map.

The future is bright. Big changes are happening at Sugarloaf on and off the mountain. Vastly expanded terrain, new lifts, village improvements, new summer offerings, and more. This is our roadmap for the future. We call it Sugarloaf 2020, and it’s happening now.

Next Steps

The future is now.

Sugarloaf 2020 has already made Sugarloaf the largest ski area in the East, upgraded lifts and facilities, and improved snowmaking. Here’s what’s coming next.

Terrain

Bigger is better.

COMPLETED: Over the last two years more than 300 acres of new terrain has opened in the Brackett Basin and Burnt Mountain areas, officially making Sugarloaf the largest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains. The new Brackett Basin area opened during the winter of 2011 with 270 acres of the rowdiest and most easily accessible sidecountry skiing on the East Coast. Last year we opened an additional 135 acres, including the first portions of Phase 2.

WHAT’S NEXT: This summer our glade crew will continue to expand Phase 2 terrain further into the Burnt Mountain Wilderness. Over the coming years Phase 2 will be completed, and glade crews will work their way over to the north face of Burnt Mountain to open an additional 250 acres in Phase III.

With over 650 acres of new terrain in the works, powder-days are now powder-weeks.

Guest Experience

Same Sugarloaf, just better.

COMPLETED: The past few years have seen upgrades to facilities around the mountain, including interior and exterior Base Lodge renovations, a new Beach, an improved Hotel arrival, the new Sugarloaf Sugar Shack, and updated lift buildings.

WHAT’S NEXT: Get ready for a revitalized Loaf. New Base Lodge bathrooms, a renovated and expanded Sugarloaf Ski Shop, an expanded Bullwinkle’s deck, technological improvements to let you accumulate and redeem Boyne Rewards points more easily, plus new restaurant offerings and menu items as Sugarloaf takes over management of resort food services.

We’re working to make your experience at Sugarloaf better than ever, while keeping it the same as it’s always been.

Snowmaking

Twice the snow. Half the energy.

COMPLETED: Working toward the ultimate goal of doubling snowmaking capacity while halving energy consumption, more than 150 new low-energy snowguns have been added, all water pumps have been replaced with newer, more efficient models, all air compressors have been rebuilt, and a mid-mountain pumphouse added to increase summit capacity.

WHAT’S NEXT: This summer, roughly $1 million will be spent on 300 new, state-of-the-art low-energy snow guns. Other resorts in the Boyne family have both had enormous success with similar model snowguns in the past, increasing overall output by 25% or more.

We are also continuing to work with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to establish a new water source on Caribou Pond in the coming years.

When Mother Nature is slacking, we make the weather. We’re working to bring you more snow than ever, even when Old Man Winter sleeps in.

Collaborations

Town + Resort = Perfect.

COMPLETED: The history of collaboration between the Town of Carrabassett Valley and Sugarloaf runs deep. Together, we’ve worked to build and operate the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center and Sugarloaf Golf Club.

WHAT’S NEXT: This mutually beneficial relationship continues in 2012, with a new $1.7 million irrigation for the Sugarloaf Golf Club to ensure that the club maintains its standing as the premier golf course in Maine

The long relationship between Carrabassett Valley and Sugarloaf continues.

Collaborations

Three Heads. Better than one.

COMPLETED: Our partnership with CVA and the Ski Club have been crucial to maintaining Sugarloaf’s pedigree as the East’s premier mountain for alpine competition, with projects from the SuperPipe to the Jean-Luce Timing Building to the new freestyle air bag.

WHAT’S NEXT: Through this partnership, plans are in the works to break ground on a new Competition Center, which will be home-base for all alpine competitions and serve as meeting space for summer conferences.

Big things can happen when we work together.

Lifts

More Ski. Less wait.

COMPLETED: In December of 2011 the new Skyline lift, a high-speed, fixed grip quad featuring a state-of-the-art conveyor loading system was installed at a cost of roughly $3 million to replace the Spillway East and West double chairs.

Wind mitigation improvements including wind fencing and new sheave trains have also been made to several lifts.

WHAT’S NEXT: Additional lift replacements will be a key part of the Sugarloaf 2020 plan, and several options are currently being evaluated, including replacement of the King Pine quad with a high-speed detachable, replacement of the Double Runner chairs with a fixed-grip quad, a summit t-bar, and replacement of the Timberline quad.

Nothing’s worse than standing in line when fresh pow awaits. Lift upgrades are in the works to get you on the snow faster than ever.

Timeline

We’ve been busy.

A quick look at what we’ve been up to since we joined the Boyne family in 2007.

  • 20 new Boyne Low-Energy Fan Guns added to snowmaking fleet
  • 70 new Low-Energy HKD Tower Guns added to snowmaking fleet
  • New mid-mountain pumphouse constructed to facilitate snowmaking in summit areas
  • 2 new Prinoth Groomers added to grooming fleet
  • New conveyor lift installed on the Birches to improve Learn-to-Ski experience
  • Large addition to Bullwinkle’s, and existing building completely renovated
  • Entrance to Hotel redesigned and all bathrooms remodeled, through collaboration with Hotel Owners Association
  • $1.4 million renovation to the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center begun (funded by Town of Carrabassett Valley)
  • Sugarloaf Explorer Shuttle system begins operation through collaboration between Sugarloaf, Town of Carrabassett Valley and Western Maine Transportation

Timeline

We’ve been busy.

A quick look at what we’ve been up to since we joined the Boyne family in 2007.

  • New, sixth water pump added to snowmaking system. All five existing pumps replaced with new, high efficiency pumps
  • 25 new Boyne Low-Energy Fan Guns added to snowmaking fleet
  • 50 new Low-Energy HKD Tower Guns added to snowmaking fleet
  • All air compressors rebuilt and refurbished
  • Haywire and Skybound terrain parks constructed
  • Pipedreams Superpipe rebuilt from earth to reduce snowmaking need
  • Seth Wescott-designed boardercross course constructed on Sidewinder
  • The Beach area in front of Base Lodge rebuilt with new fire pit, stage area, and outdoor grill
  • All trail signage throughout the mountain replaced to improve ease of navigation for skiers
  • Replacement of all lift buildings begun
  • Second addition constructed at Bullwinkle’s, renovations completed

Timeline

We’ve been busy.

A quick look at what we’ve been up to since we joined the Boyne family in 2007.

  • Over 5000 feet of new snowmaking pipe added to snowmaking system on Gondola Line Extension, Sidewinder, Peavey Crosscut, and along the Superpipe
  • Replacement of lift and on-mountain buildings completed
  • Wind fencing added along Double Runner West and #3 T-Bar
  • Sugar Shack opened on the Beach
  • $600,000 in upgrades to the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel through Hotel Owners Association. These include new Boyne Beds, new flat-panel televisions, and new furnishings throughout the Hotel

Timeline

We’ve been busy.

A quick look at what we’ve been up to since we joined the Boyne family in 2007.

  • Hole #6 rebuilt on Sugarloaf Golf Club
  • New Zip Line course constructed and opened, with six lines
  • 600 feet of new snowmaking line added
  • Base Lodge exterior redesigned and refurbished
  • Terrain expansion into Brackett Basin and Burnt Mountain opened

Timeline

We’ve been busy.

A quick look at what we’ve been up to since we joined the Boyne family in 2007.

  • New, state-of-the-art, $3 million fixed grip Skyline Quad opens to public in December, replacing Spillway East and West Chairs
  • First areas of Phase 2 of Burnt Mountain Expansion open to the public, bringing total new acreage to 370 since 2010
  • Drive system in SuperQuad upgraded from analog to digital
  • Two new Prinoth grooming machines, and one Pisten Bully grooming machine added to grooming fleet.

Timeline

We’ve been busy.

A quick look at what we’ve been up to since we joined the Boyne family in 2007.

  • New $1.4 million irrigation system to be installed at the Sugarloaf Golf Club
  • $1 million dollar investment in 300 new Low Energy HKD snowguns
  • Continued glade cutting in Brackett Basin®, Burnt Mountain and the Eastern Territory.

Timeline

We’ve been busy.

A quick look at what we’ve been up to since we joined the Boyne family in 2007.

  • New 30-person outdoor hot tub installed at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel
  • Continued glade cutting on Burnt Mountain, reaching into higher elevations of the Eastern Territory.
  • 200 new Low Energy HKD SV10 Impulse Snowguns installed on Gondola Line, Narrow Gauge, Scoot, Ramdown, Widowmaker
  • New, larger snowmaking pipe installed on Gondola Line
  • West Mountain trail widened to allow for race training
  • Expansive kitchen renovation at new 45 North restaurant
Amos Winter

History

What would Amos do?

That’s the question Sugarloaf managers have asked themselves for generations. Something special took hold when Amos Winter cut that first trail, and more than 60 years later it hasn’t let go.

Boyne Resorts and CNL recognized this when they came together to purchase Sugarloaf in 2007. They saw the greatest skier’s mountain in the east, in need of a little TLC.

Sugarloaf 2020 is TLC on steroids. As we move forward with the plans it will be with a goal to amplify the physical pieces that make the mountain a great place to ski while nurturing the spirit that makes it Sugarloaf.

We think it’s just what Amos would do.