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Signpost: Sugarloaf/USA

Signpost: Sugarloaf/USA

Travel East
posted: 12/18/2003

1,410 skiable acres boundary-to-boundary, including 350 trail acres; 2,820 vertical feet; summit elevation 4,237 feet; 132 trails; 216 annual inches; 15 lifts. Weekend/holiday adult lift ticket price: $57.

Sugarloaf operates two slopeside hotels and a slew of lift-serviced condominiums. The Grand Summit Hotel, in the base village, has a health club and pool, $143—$340; the Sugarloaf Inn has an excellent dining room, $72—$272; Gondola Village condos, steps from the Whiffletree quad, have daycare facilities, $119—$272; 800-843-5623; In nearby Kingfield, the Herbert Grand Hotel is an old-style inn; $60—$150; 207-265-2000. In Stratton, seven miles north, the Spillover Motel is clean and affordable, $64—$80; 207-246-6571.

On-mountain favorites are Gepetto's, serving lunch and dinner, with hearty soups, sandwiches and salads as well as entrees, 207-237-2192, and The Bag, a brewpub, for casual food, 207-237-2451. For a fast and filling lunch, order sandwiches at D'Ellies in the morning for later pickup at the express window; 207-237-2490. Hugs, just off the mountain, is the choice for family-style Italian; 207-237-2392. Tufulio's at the Valley Crossing, about seven miles south of the mountain, also offers Italian dining and a popular happy hour; 207-235-2010. For fine dining, head 12 miles northwest to The Porter House, renowned for its wine list and creative cuisine; 207-246-7932.

It's usually standing-room only at The Bag (a must on Monday's Blues Night) and Gepetto's. The Widowmaker Lounge, in the base lodge, is rowdier and often has live music. The Brewpub, on the access road, hums until the early evening hours. In Carrabassett Valley, Tufulio's is known for its happy hour, with free munchies.

The Turbo Tubing Park on Lower Cruiser has a handle tow and four 1,000-foot lanes with S-curves; 207-237-6928. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, take a snowcat ride to Bullwinkle's for a four-course, fixed-price dinner with great views; 207-237-2000.

From Boston (3 1/2 hours): Take I-95 north to the Maine Turnpike, then Route 4 to Farmington, then Route 27 north. Sugarloaf is 36 miles northwest of Farmington.

800-843-5623 or 207-237-2000;

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