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    Quote Originally Posted by Jully View Post
    Going there the first weekend of March. Fantastic that some of the chutes are open. Really hope the cat skiing works out for them and they make money off it (so much that they decide to NOT put in a T-bar...).
    I'd rather not see a T-Bar, could cut Burnt into 2 sections with new ANSI codes depending on where they put it. Would rather see a double chair, a la Castlerock at SB with the reduced chairs for low capacity.

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  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by shwilly View Post
    Well, sure, it needs snow to be good. Have you ever been impressed by a half open mountain on a groomer day?

    It's probably true that it's more of a late season than an early season mountain. It needs natural snow for the interesting stuff to fill in. Once it's in, it can stay good well into April.
    Fair point. We need the mountain to be mostly open so that I can fully appreciate it. I would point out though that I skied Sugarbush 2/1 and 2/2 right after the rain/freeze. They kept the natural terrain open and it was skiable despite being icy. I was actually impressed by the terrain.

    I am crossing my finger that most terrain will be open next week.

  3. #13
    Speaking of T bars . Lapping the T bar is an option if the carpet loader and other lines get long.
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  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by rocks860 View Post
    Thanks for the info. The people were going with ski there pretty regularly so hopefully Ill have somewhat of a guide as well




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    Since you will be skiing with people who know Sugarloaf, I'm sure they will give the proper tour. But perhaps it is worth to point out that if you're playing in Brackett Basin, providing that it's open, I'd encourage you to stay in the basin and continue below the load station to King Pine. A lot of people bail out of the woods at that level. If the snow cover is good, it's totally worth it to hit the glades below King Pine, Red Horse and Blacksmith Glades. You'll come out by the condos further down the mountain and have to take a short walk back to base of Wiffletree lift, but those glades are a hoot to ski and don't get skied out all that quickly.

    The natural cover trails like Bubblecuffer, Ripsaw and Boomauger mogul up nicely and have a unique character - narrowish, twisty and oh, so much fun. If you like moguls, you'll have a ball on those.
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  5. #15
    If you get snow while you are there, Broccoli Garden to Stubb's Glade are some of the last trees to get tracked out. I think people avoid/forget about them because they are not that steep and you have to deal with the Whiffletree run-out. But, they are vast with perfectly spaced low angle trees.

    Rookie River is also a favorite.

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    Last edited by deadheadskier; Feb 15, 2019 at 5:34 PM.

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Skrn View Post
    We spent 3 days at Sugarloaf during new years day, when the condition was not very good. During those days, only 50-60 groomers were open and they got skied off really quickly. The mountain felt quite small, and the trails felt similar. Overall I wasn't impressed. I am heading back next week as well. Hopefully more natural terrain is open and they skied better. Also, Sugarloaf's lift chairs seem to be more prone to wind and often shut down the entire upper mountain. If that happens early, you can get a voucher before 10am.

    I'd echoed the comment above to stay away from base. The lift lines are much longer at the base.
    I actually enjoy Sugarloaf when limited to groomers as compared to other mountains. Cruising down timberline (the trail) can't be beat when the view is clear. Do a full run on narrow gauge from the top.

    Non groomer stuff, check out all the tree shots off spillway xcut.

    And not sure where you staying, but if in the valley check out Tufulios.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by soposkier View Post
    I actually enjoy Sugarloaf when limited to groomers as compared to other mountains. Cruising down timberline (the trail) can't be beat when the view is clear. Do a full run on narrow gauge from the top.

    Non groomer stuff, check out all the tree shots off spillway xcut.

    And not sure where you staying, but if in the valley check out Tufulios.
    I have a love hate relationship with groomer skiing at Sugarloaf. I also do at Stowe.

    Love:

    If you really want to channel your inner Alberto Tomba, I think these are the two best mountains to ski really fast in New England. Both have run-outs at the bottom for sure, but they have 1800-2000 vertical of consistent, great pitched terrain above. Multiple wide options that you can let your skis run as fast as you want to go.

    Hate: Almost all the super fast groomed terrain has been cut too wide over the years at both places. Character of most groomed trails wiped right out. You have to create the character/excitement by skiing really, really fast instead of the trails doing it for you.

    Despite the clear cutting, the great pitch and vast terrain of both makes for incredible tree skiing. I think they are the two best tree skiing mountains in the East. Which makes Stowe my favorite ski terrain in VT and Sugarloaf my favorite ski terrain in Maine.

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  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by soposkier View Post
    I actually enjoy Sugarloaf when limited to groomers as compared to other mountains. Cruising down timberline (the trail) can't be beat when the view is clear. Do a full run on narrow gauge from the top.

    Non groomer stuff, check out all the tree shots off spillway xcut.

    And not sure where you staying, but if in the valley check out Tufulios.
    Her friends live in Portland so well be driving up from there Saturday morning and back Saturday night


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  9. #19
    Agree with most here except..You’re not coming to SLoaf to ski groomers. And I’d recommend staying away from skiing brackett below KPine base...too flat and not fun getting back. Been here for a few days and place is skiing great....14 inches of snow last week and another 4-6 on Friday with hardly any rain and definitely no rain above peavy xcut. Everything open except some backside lines... one good dump & that could be open too. I am always a fan of the front side from WWay ext and everything in between to Ignitor is prime....au natural trails are nice but glades are better right now. All glades between WWay & Powder Keg skiing great especially gondi trees... also great are kickback & brackett (be sure to stay high right & hike in for a bit...little walk usually brings fresher lines). Enjoy !!

  10. #20
    Agreed, by no means was suggesting to stick to groomers when conditions were good. Just stating when conditions are limited to groomers there are worse places you could be than Sugarloaf.

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