Sugarloaf Ski Resort

Sugarloaf Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Maine in USA. The resort is in the town of Carrabassett Valley, ME.

Sugarloaf is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.

Sugarloaf is a part of the Mountain Collective network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the Collective.

Sugarloaf Lodging:

Sugarloaf Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Sugarloaf has a total of 162 ski trails, which are serviced by 13 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,240 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 502 hectares, 2 square miles, or 5 square kilometers.

Sugarloaf's slopes see on average 189 inches (74 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 15 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
1,240(5 km2)
Annual Snowfall
189"(74 cm)

Sugarloaf Ski Resort Elevation

Sugarloaf Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 4,237 feet, or 1,291 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,417 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,820 feet (859 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Sugarloaf's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
4,237'(1,291 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,820'(859 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,417'(432 m)

Sugarloaf Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
66.5out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Sugarloaf's difficulty level of 66.5 is above average. 78% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Sugarloaf has 1,240 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Sugarloaf's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 32% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 46% as expert.
22%(273 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
32%(397 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
46%(570 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Sugarloaf Ski Resort good for beginners?

Sugarloaf is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 54% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Sugarloaf Ski Resort Location

Sugarloaf Ski Resort is located in the state of Maine, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Carrabassett Valley, ME.

Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
43.06400, -79.64400

Getting to Sugarloaf Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Sugarloaf Ski Resort), its coordinates of 43.06400, -79.64400 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Carrabassett Valley, ME to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Sugarloaf Ski Resort.

Lester B. Pearson International AirportYYZToronto, ON42 mi
Buffalo Niagara International AirportBUFBuffalo, NY47 mi
Cleveland Hopkins International AirportCLECleveland, OH160 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Sugarloaf.

John C. Munro Hamilton International AirportYHMHamilton, ON17 mi
Niagara Falls International AirportIAGNiagara Falls, NY35 mi
Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre AirportYTZToronto, ON41 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Sugarloaf Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Sugarloaf Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Glen EdenMilton, ON1,049 ft12%34 mi
Centennial Park Ski & Snowboard CentreEtobicoke, ON557 ft18%41 mi
Mount Chinguacousy, ON777 ft0%46 mi
ChicopeeKitchener, ON1,213 ft32%47 mi
Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard CentreNorth York, ON633 ft21%49 mi
Uplands Ski CentreThornhill, ON656 ft12%54 mi
Kissing BridgeGlenwood, NY1,750 ft34%59 mi
Hockley Valley ResortMono, ON1,387 ft44%66 mi
Peek'n PeakClymer, NY1,800 ft32%69 mi
Dagmar ResortUxbridge, ON653 ft17%72 mi
HoliMontEllicottville, NY2,260 ft42%72 mi
Skyloft Ski ResortUxbridge, ON1,330 ft32%73 mi
Lakeridge ResortUxbridge, ON1,213 ft22%73 mi
Holiday ValleyEllicottville, NY2,250 ft38%74 mi
Mansfield Ski ClubMansfield, ON1,227 ft39%81 mi
BrimacombeOrono, ON1,020 ft22%85 mi
Boler MountainLondon, ON1,076 ft35%86 mi
Mount Pleasant of EdinboroCambridge Springs, PA1,540 ft26%87 mi
Ski Snow Valley, ON1,053 ft28%93 mi
Devil's Elbow Ski Area, ON0 ft0%96 mi
SwainSwain, NY1,970 ft37%98 mi

Sugarloaf Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation4,237 ft
Base Elevation1,417 ft
Vertical Drop2,820 ft
(22% Beginner,  32% Intermediate,  46% Expert)
Skiable Acres1,240
Avg. Annual Snowfall189 inches
Sugarloaf Ski Resort Mountain Stats