Sugarloaf’s claim to fame are its vaunted snowfields, treeless plains of pitched white powder above the treeline that have taxed the abilities of expert skiers since they were first developed half a century ago. Starting from the 4,237 foot summit, they continue to be the star attraction on the mountain for advanced skiers — with the famed White Nitro trail offering some of the steepest terrain anywhere. Simply put, there’s nothing like them in the East. There is a tremendous variety of terrain on the mountain, however, from broad cruisers to tree-filled glades. Nearly half of the trails are black diamonds or double-diamonds, but with 150 trails, there’s plenty of intermediate and beginner trails to keep less experienced skiers happy.
Much of the blue and green stuff is on the eastern side of the mountain, serviced by the Whiffletree lift whose signature trail is a nice, wide cruiser with plenty of room to learn your turns. A secret entrance off this area takes you to Moose Alley, a woodsy “kids only” trail that leads to a hidden cabin inhabited by mountain mascot Amos the Moose. Nearby is another “kids only” glade, Broccoli Garden, with wide trails between the trees. The far west side of the mountain is also a great place for beginning skiers, with long winding trails leading down from the summit. The center of the mountain, meanwhile, is home to long, vertical runs so loved by generations of expert skiers. And well to the east, the expert terrain of Kings Pine Bowl leads to Brackett’s Basin, a newly developed glade skiing area that has added 270 acres of wild, backcountry terrain to the mountain. Over the next decades, the Sugarloaf plans to expand Brackett’s Basin with another 655 acres, dramatically changing the face of the mountain.