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Skiing Sugarloaf

Skiing Sugarloaf

Discover the charms of one of New England's sweetest mountains
By Victoria Barbatelli
posted: 11/13/2009
Sugarloaf trail map

With 1,400 skiable acres boundary to boundary, there’s no doubt you’re in for a busy day at Sugarloaf.  Busy days, however, can go south fast if you're stuck in long liftlines or dodging other skiers like race gates.
    Tip No. 1: start on the east side of the mountain in the King Pine bowl—a truly uncrowded way to start the day. A good access route to King Pine is by Whiffletree lift (you’ll get over that it opens 15 minutes after other lifts), as it avoids the cluster of Super Quad riders.
    On a powder day, you can find fresh tracks for the first three to four hours of the day in glades between trails like Gondola Line and Bubblecuffer near the Spillway chair—or in the Snowfields (when they're open) off the Timberline quad. When high winds are blowing snow around, the long and steep Cant Dog Glade (Sugarloaf’s easternmost inbounds terrain) catches it, thereby accumulating the most powder inches of the entire mountain.
    Enjoy your laps on the eastern side of the mountain before moving westward Spillway lift to check out the snow in the center of the mountain. Here you’ll find Bubblecuffer and Winter’s Way, two Sugarloaf trails that are classic examples of narrow and bumpy eastern terrain.
    By midmorning the Super Quad rush has subsided, and you can take that opportunity to spend quality time in the terrain parks or on Narrow Gauge, a famous racing trail that will surely loosen up your legs if they aren't loose already. 
    When the sun is at full mast, it’s time for a ride to the summit on the Timberline quad. For an intermediate cruise, the Tote Road is 3.5 miles of continous blue square terrain from summit to base, and the first third of it is above the Super Quad terminus, so it's rarely crowded.

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