Sugarloaf/USA is a huge mountain with some of the most exciting and challenging terrain anywhere. The resort is famous for the Snowfields - New England's only above tree-line skiing, beneath them is a huge assortment of terrain for all ability levels. The ski area, now 50 years old, was established by the Maine Ski Council which had been formed in 1948 to promote skiing. The first trail, Winter's Way, was cut throughout the summer of 1950 and Sugarloaf/USA opening for skiing the winter of 1951. The current renaissance of Sugarloaf/USA started five years ago with a major expansion of the snowmaking system, making it among the most powerful in the world. For the first time, snowmaking covered the above treeline Front Face Snowfields. Next came the addition of the longest fastest chairlift in North America, the Sugarloaf/USA SuperQuad, along with trails like King's Landing and Hayburner that are Sugarloaf/USA favourites. The American Skiing Company's acquisition of Sugarloaf/USA in 1996 brought on the largest expansion in the history of Sugarloaf/USA for the 1997/98 season. The $3 million expansion with two new quad chairlifts, four new trails and 100 new tower snowguns was a direct result of a long-standing commitment to the guest experience. The new quads opened up the summit and east mountain like never before. The summit access means experts can enjoy the above treeline Snowfields more often than the old wind-sensitive gondola allowed. Skiers and riders can choose four top-to-bottom intermediate cruisers on a consistent basis. Off the slopes Sugarloaf continues to expand with ever more slopeside lodging being added, including an American Skiing Company Grand Summit Resort Hotel. Despite its slopeside expansions, Sugarloaf's roots continue to be firmly based in the surrounding communities of Carrabassett Valley.
Award-winning on-mountain village beneath Maine's second highest peak, regarded by many as the top New England resort and by all as in the 'top 3'. Strong emphasis on service quality has resulted in top slot in US ski magazine reader surveys. The ski school at Sugarloaf have come up with a clever idea for transporting kids - the Moose Caboose - a snowmobile sled which takes 12 children and 3 instructors.