Best New Trails

Sugarloaf, Maine

Nov 7, 2011
Outside Magazine
Drowning at Sugarloaf

Drowning at Sugarloaf    Photo: Ethan Austin

Last season, Sugarloaf, like many New England resorts, received 22 inches during a Christmas blizzard. That's no guarantee, but if it gets anything close to that this year, you'll have an additional 135 acres of open glades off the mountain's King Pine chairlift at your disposal. You'll want to be first on the hill, which is easiest if you're staying at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel (doubles from $291;, just steps from the Sugarloaf SuperQuad lift. Once on top, ski the Jagger run to Misery Whip, a steep gully that guarantees face shots on any powder day. Then head to the new terrain: nearly 2,300 vertical feet of open glades with 35-degree chutes like Cant Dog, a quick left off the lift. Smart Idea: The new Skyline quad replaces the Spillway East double chair that derailed last year—and reaches the top in about half the time.