Why organise a School Ski Trip to Sugarloaf?
“Large ski area- Fantastic snow record- Incredibly friendly locals-amazing customer service” are just some of the characteristics that make Sugarloaf the go to ski resort on the East Coast of the USA according to Ski Adaptable. Located in Maine and set in the heart of the Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf aka “The Loaf” is the largest ski resort on the East Coast in terms of number of skiable acreage and snowmaking percentage. It is the only resort in the North-East which offers above treeline skiing and from its summit at 4,237 feet you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of Vermont, New Hampshire, Canada and the majestic Mount Katahdin.
What is the skiing like in Sugarloaf?
The resort is divided into several areas that come together to form an impressive ski area that is served by a modern infrastructure of ski lifts and snow cannons that give rise to an amazing ski experience as the slopes are thick with powder. Add to this an effective orderly queuing system reserved for UK school groups and you have the “American Dream” of ski resorts!
Due to the clever lift design and layout the skiing logically gets progressively harder as you ascend the mountain however Sugarloaf is one of few resorts where all levels of skier can start at the summit and ski to the bottom. Furthermore all slopes are funneled directly back to the base lodge so getting orientated with the resort is pretty straight forward and meeting up each day at a central location is easy. A quarter of the slopes are dedicated for beginners with the rest of the trails being more suited for intermediate and advanced skiers looking to challenge themselves.
What is the snow like in Sugarloaf?
One thing American’s take very seriously when it comes to their snow resorts is the amount of snow they can produce and as always with American culture “the bigger the better”. With competition fierce amongst ski resorts on the East Coast with each resort vying to grab the headlines and be the first to open, Sugarloaf has invested heavily in snowmaking technology that allows the resort to cover the slopes in a thick blanket of snow that forms the basis of snow cover right up until April. As the temperature drops in December, January and February the snow piles up and you have ski conditions unlike anything you have experienced before. Sugarloaf receives a massive 17ft of natural snow every year and when combined with the most up to date snow making technology you have a skiers paradise and every penny spent getting there is worthwhile.
What is the Apres Ski like in Sugarloaf?
If you think the skiing here is good, accommodation and apres ski are even better and the perfect compliment to the amazing ski conditions in resort. The village has been pedestrianized in true Nordic style and the majority of the accommodation is slope-side creating a friendly and intimate atmosphere where all amenities are located close together and everyone knows each other. The service throughout the village is fantastic-from your ski fitting to your time spent on the slopes and in your hotel- no request is too big or too small.
On site there are plenty of activities to keep students entertained with the Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Club providing an indoor swimming pool, hot tubs, sauna and steam room. Ice skating is available in the village and the Anti-Gravity Centre with its trampolines, huge sports hall and climbing wall is something different for students to explore. With the famous cities of New York and Boston located close by the school ski trip can be combined seamlessly with a stop-over in one of America’s most famous cities.
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