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One Big Mountain: Almanac

One Big Mountain: Almanac

By Nathaniel Reade
posted: 11/22/1999

All area codes for Maine are 207.

  • Getting There Fly into Portland and rent a car. Take I-95 North to exit 31B in Augusta, then take route 27 North to the mountain. From Boston, take I-95 North and follow the same directions.

  • When To Go You can usually schuss here from Halloween to May. But the days are warmest, the base deepest, and the crowds thinnest come March and April.

  • Sleeping In You'll find a wide range of options in the village. Call Central Reservations: (800) 843-5623. Also try The Herbert in Kingfield, a circa 1918 inn complete with a stuffed moose head over the fireplace (800-843-4372).

  • Dining Out One Stanley Avenue in Kingfield (265-5541) features Maine cuisine served in a restored Victorian house. For Italian, try the kid-friendly Turfulio's (235-2010) in Carrabassett Valley.

  • Après-Ski The bar scene revolves around The Bag and Kettle (237-2451), Theo's brew pub (237-2211) and the Widowmaker Lounge in the base lodge (237 -6845).

  • Kicking Butt Try a kayak race down the halfpipe during White White World Week in January.

  • Kicking Back Get a massage or soak in the hot tub at the Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Club.

  • Activities Sugarloaf sports a new Turbo Tubing park. Also visit the Sugarloaf USA Outdoor Center with a Nordic trail network and Olympic- sized ice-skating rink (237-6830).

  • Don't Miss Breakfast at the Riverside Restaurant (265-4037) in downtown Kingfield for Belgian waffles topped with fruit.

  • Buying In Ninety percent of the property at Sugarloaf is slopeside. Mountainside Real Estate sells 2-bedroom ski in/ski out condos, averaging $100,000 (237-2100).

  • Vital Stats Skiable acres: 1,400; Number of lifts: 14; Vertical drop: 2,820 feet; Average snowfall: 240 inches; Lift ticket price: $49; Season pass price: $1,250. Contact: 237-2000;

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