On Friday, February 8, I heard a sound from high up on a chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain that I'd never heard there before: swoosh, swoosh, swoosh. And just when I was getting good at scratching my way around the mountain... Enter: White, fluffy snow.
In February alone Sugarloaf has seen well over 20" of snow. Snow surface: Primary: Powder. Brackett Basin has been open for two weekends in a row, which is two more weekends than I remember it being open last season. It's around this time of year - only in New England - that referring to the weather as "blizzard-like" actually sounds pretty sweet. Best part is, it's just in time for the legendary winter vacation week, when families and kids from all around New England charge the mountains for a week of fun in the snow. Check out the various events Sugarloaf has planned for this special week, including musicians, magicians and all kinds of kid-friendly madness!
Meanwhile, the snowmakers are taking a back seat to the real stuff, while winter storms continue to hit New England, the most recent snow fall coming through over Presidents Day weekend. Only problem today is, the wind has other plans for the mountain. As of 10:45am on Presidents Day, a strong wind advisory has several lifts at Sugarloaf on windhold. Without the SuperQuad, Skyline, Whiffletree, Timberline or King Pine, what's left? You can check out the most up-to-date Lift & Trail status here.
But one thing I've learned over the past couple of winters here in New England is to not let a little wind get you down. Sugarloaf wants those lifts running just as bad as you do, if not more. While you wait, what's more enticing than a relaxing afternoon at the Widowmaker, or walking around the shops at the base? Looking for more outdoor activities? Check out Sugarloaf's Outdoor Center, where you can rent gear to go Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and even ice skating.
With all the white, fluffy snow we've been blessed with, it's hard to complain. Let's hope for more snow and less wind in the coming weeks. Enjoy, Sugarloafers!