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.
We recently ranked all of Maine's ski resorts, so you can see where Sugarloaf stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
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.
There are numerous options to stay at Sugarloaf around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Sugarloaf Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Sugarloaf has a total of 162 ski trails, which are serviced by 14 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, 1.9 square miles, or 5.0 square kilometers.
Sugarloaf's slopes see on average 200 inches (5.1 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 16 feet every year!
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.
Sugarloaf Ski Resort Difficulty Level
67.3out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
Skiable Terrain 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 34% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 43% as expert.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
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 57% 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 nearest the town of Carrabassett Valley, ME.
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947 USA
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Getting to Sugarloaf Mountain 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 Airport||YYZ||Toronto, ON||42 mi|
|Buffalo Niagara International Airport||BUF||Buffalo, NY||47 mi|
|Cleveland Hopkins International Airport||CLE||Cleveland, OH||160 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 Airport||YHM||Hamilton, ON||17 mi|
|Niagara Falls International Airport||IAG||Niagara Falls, NY||35 mi|
|Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport||YTZ||Toronto, ON||41 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.
|Glen Eden||Milton, ON||1,049 ft||13%||34 mi|
|Centennial Park Ski & Snowboard Centre||Etobicoke, ON||557 ft||19%||41 mi|
|Mount Chinguacousy||Brampton, ON||777 ft||13%||46 mi|
|Chicopee||Kitchener, ON||1,213 ft||33%||47 mi|
|Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard Centre||North York, ON||633 ft||22%||49 mi|
|Uplands Ski Centre||Thornhill, ON||656 ft||13%||54 mi|
|Kissing Bridge||Glenwood, NY||1,750 ft||35%||59 mi|
|Hockley Valley Resort||Mono, ON||1,387 ft||46%||66 mi|
|Peek'n Peak||Clymer, NY||1,800 ft||33%||69 mi|
|Dagmar Resort||Uxbridge, ON||653 ft||18%||72 mi|
|HoliMont||Ellicottville, NY||2,260 ft||43%||72 mi|
|Skyloft Ski Resort||Uxbridge, ON||1,330 ft||34%||73 mi|
|Lakeridge Resort||Uxbridge, ON||1,213 ft||23%||73 mi|
|Holiday Valley||Ellicottville, NY||2,250 ft||39%||74 mi|
|Mansfield Ski Club||Mansfield, ON||1,227 ft||41%||81 mi|
|Brimacombe||Orono, ON||1,020 ft||23%||85 mi|
|Boler Mountain||London, ON||1,076 ft||36%||86 mi|
|Mount Pleasant of Edinboro||Cambridge Springs, PA||1,540 ft||28%||87 mi|
|Snow Valley Ski Resort||Minesing, ON||1,053 ft||30%||93 mi|
|Devil's Elbow Ski Area||Bethany, ON||0 ft||29%||96 mi|
|Swain||Swain, NY||1,970 ft||38%||98 mi|
Sugarloaf Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||4,237 ft|
|Base Elevation||1,417 ft|
|Vertical Drop||2,820 ft|
(23% Beginner, 34% Intermediate, 43% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||200 inches|