Expansion & Improvements For Sugarloaf, Maine -- Sugarloaf 2030

In what is being called "one of the most transformative projects in its 70-year history," Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine has announced plans for the development of almost 450 acres on West Mountain. This expansion will include new alpine trails, snowmaking, a new high-speed chairlift, tubing park, downhill mountain bike trails, and residential real estate.

This expansion news was announced as the centerpiece of a ten-year resort upgrade and improvement plan called Sugarloaf 2030. The plan outlines a roadmap for growth at the resort over the next ten years and includes five new or upgraded lifts, new alpine terrain, real estate development, investments in technology, and much more.

The West Mountain expansion plans for the building of a new high-speed, high- capacity chairlift that will take skiers and riders from West Mountain Road directly up to Bullwinkle's restaurant. The new lift is just the beginning and will be accompanied by significant new trail development and an eight-lane tubing park, along with the snowmaking infrastructure to cover it. The idea here is to expand Sugarloaf's beginner and intermediate terrain, shifting a large number of skier and snowboarder traffic from the SuperQuad, the mountain's busiest chairlift. Along with more terrain for visitors to enjoy, parking options are going to be increased with the addition of new parking lots that will add space for up to 450 more vehicles.

The project is also looking to add to the summer draw as well. Plans include a lift-serviced mountain bike park and a renovation of the Bullwinkle's restaurant that will allow it to operate through the summer months, as well as offer the capability to host wedding and conference guests. Other plans are calling for 75 new residential real estate lots, for those guests who would like to move up to "resident".

"This will be the most significant project at Sugarloaf since the SuperQuad was built in the mid-1990s," Sugarloaf General Manager Karl Strand said. "We're thankful for the leadership of Boyne Resorts, which, over the past 13 years, has helped us get Sugarloaf to a position of growth that allows for development projects like this."

This West Mountain expansion project is expected to take place over the next five years, with continued planning, permitting, and initial trail construction through the summer of this year and construction of the new lift beginning in 2021.

In addition to the West Mountain expansion, summer 2020 will see the construction of a new 4600 square foot spa in the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, installation of new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) pass and ticketing technology, and significant snowmaking investments including a new dam on Caribou Pond, which is the water source for Sugarloaf's snowmaking system.

Sugarloaf 2030 Road Map

Ten years after Sugarloaf introduced the Sugarloaf 2020 plan, the Sugarloaf 2030 Road Map builds on that foundation and identifies five key areas of focus for investment over the next ten years:

• On-Mountain Experience
• Resort Enhancement
• Next Generation Sugarloafers
• Year-Round Vitality
• Sustainability

Among other projects, the road map includes five new or upgraded chairlifts, a complete overhaul of the resort's snowmaking system to increase both capacity and efficiency, village upgrades and expansions, and rehabilitation of the former gondola terminal on the summit of the mountain.

For more information on the West Mountain expansion and the Sugarloaf 2030 Road Map, please visit sugarloaf2030.com.

Photo Credits: Sugarloaf Mountain/ Ethan Austin


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