Sugarloaf mountain in Maine, USA, has announced a three year expansion plan that will dramatically increase the amount of terrain it offers and make it the largest since ski area on the Eastern side of the country, eclipsing long-term 'biggest-in-the-East' resort, Killington.
All of the new terrain will be, "backcountry style glades" with, upon completion, a 300m (1000 feet) wide swathe of the mountainside open for numerous possible lines. The area will be patrolled but there will be no new lifts and no snowmaking to service it, and no new property development at the base tied in with it either. The terrain will be accessed via the existing King Pine lift.
The expansion is however part of a recently unveiled ten year plan which includes new summer activities and new chairlifts and snowmaking elsewhere at the ski area.
Sugarloaf has had skiers visiting for 60 years with the resort established in 1955. It is based on-mountain beneath Maine's second highest peak. The resort, like Killington, was formerly owned by the American Skiing Company but for the past few years has been run by Boyne Resorts.