|First Fall 2021 Snowfall at Saddleback|
photo credit: Kyle Haley Photography
SaddlebackMid Mountain Lodge which is expected to be complete in Fall 2022.
SugarloafSugarloaf, shared with us that significant investments in the snowmaking system was made over the summer. 210 new low-e tower guns were installed at numerous trailside locations. Additionally, a new water main and booster pump house were installed mid-mountain near the Bridle Chain trail to enhance their upper-mountain snowmaking capacity and help open more terrain earlier in the season.
Earthwork is being done at the base of the Skyline lift to add fill to expand the maze area and brush clearing crews were on-site this summer cleaning up many of the glades around the mountain. Additionally, the Sugarloaf on-mountain ski shop Downhill Supply Company has taken delivery of an all-new Wintersteiger Jupiter automated ski-tuning machine and will have it ready for the ski season. Sugarloaf will continue to work on executing their long range master plan, including the build out of the West Mountain real estate development and ski terrain which includes a new lift. Looks like a great season coming up for Maine's highest ski mountain!
Sunday RiverSunday River, reports to us that the mountain continues to heavily invest in their snowmaking infrastructure with the installation of over 9.5 miles of new snowmaking pipe and significantly added to their fleet of fan and tower guns. Two new ski-in/ski-out housing developments are in the works and they are installing a new chairlift to service the Merrill Hill real estate development.
On the environmental front, through their parent company Boyne Resorts they are purchasing renewable energy credits to 100% offset their energy use for the upcoming season and have plans to hire a sustainability coordinator to lead additional efforts in energy conservation. Sunday River has also made it easier to change the dates of pre-purchased lift tickets through their new Easy Change program. Check out all the details in their season preview press release. They will also continue to work on executing their long range master plan, including the installation of an 8-person chairlift for the 2022-23 season. It looks like a fantastic year is on-tap for Sunday River!
Mt. AbramMt. Abram, shared with us what's new for the upcoming season. Mt. Abram is continuing to service the uphill ski touring and split boarding community by offering uphill tickets, uphill season passes that provide access to their uphill trail and warming hut at the top of the mountain. Additionally, they have an extensive uphill demo fleet for rent for those that want to try out the uphill experience. Uphill travelers can also join an array of uphill programs that will be offered this winter. These programs are inclusive designed for beginners and experts alike.
The downhill crowd will enjoy upgrades to the snowmaking system via the replacement of hundreds of yards of buried snowmaking pipes. A new snowmaking manager has been hired with over 20 years of experience to lead the effort this winter. Additionally, the drive was replaced on the main lift to improve lift efficiency and reliability. There is a lot to look forward to at Mt. Abram this ski season!
Black Mountain of MaineBlack Mountain of Maine, reports that the mountain will be open Thursday-Sunday this year and will be able to offer some great weekday ticket deals again this year through their partnership with L.L. Bean. For the days they are not open to the public, the entire mountain can be rented for private events, which includes access to the alpine, nordic and tubing areas.
The Angry Beavers volunteer group have been busy with the upkeep of the fantastic gladed areas of the ski area. Black Mountain is also excited to offer access to the gladed terrain maintained by the Granite Backcountry Alliance which supports a backcountry ski and snowboard zone on the northeast aspect of the Rumford Whitecap area. It is shaping up to be another great season at Black Mountain of Maine!