For all you Mainers out there, (im from Madawaska in realll northern maine), I need some help in choosing where to go for a ski trip this winter. I've been to Sunday River before but never Sugarloaf. Anybody have any pros/cons about each mountain?
sr has more rails and prbably more park features overall
it is also much bigger and spread out, but there are a lot more massholes and gapers to get in your way
sugarloaf has better flow in their park, the jaumps are all in a line going down stomping grounds, but sugarloaf also has colder and windier weather, which can make it less enjoyable.
i would choose sr but that's because i ski there much more and i'm probably biased, basically as far as the parks go sugarloaf had a lot more good jumps but sr overall has better well-rounded parks, and more features.
Go to sugarloaf new park this year under the superquad they turned the stomping grounds back into a regular trail. The new park is supposed to have more and bigger jumps, and a lot more rails set up because theres so much more space than the old park
I went to sunday river last season and im never going back. its way too crowded and the parks dont have nearly as much flow as sugarloaf. plus the atmosphere at sugarloaf is so much nicer. and if you dont like cold weather why ski?
I grew up on both mountains. Sugarloaf is colder, so the park is usally pretty icey, but I still love it. It's got a good flow, and it's pretty long. Sunday River has lots of options, but most of the park runs are fairly short. If you're looking for all around better skiing, Sugarloaf is much better. Great east coast woods. Sunday River gets monotonous, in my opinion. And crowded as fuck. I would go Sugarloaf, if they're equal distance from you, just for the atmosphere and all around skiing.
thanks a lot ...good advice...and yea im gonna end up going to sugarloaf it is a bit closer to where i am..coming from madawaska. im guessing you jsut take the 1-95 from houlton to bangor then cross from bangor to sugarloaf?
ahaha ive never skied at sugarload or sunday river and there probably about 239520 times better than my 1200 foot vertical home mountain in upstate new york , bristol mountain (really hill) we got about 35 inches of fresh fluffy snow a year, its quite nice
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haha,nothing against skiers in general from massachusetts, when i said "massholes" i meant the people that decide to bring their whole family skiing in maine for vacation and have never skied at all before and just become a real annoyance when you're trying to ski and get in the way a lot
sr is better, sugarloaf can be fun though, park wise i like sr better and trail wise i like sr better, i like both atmopsheres though and its fun to go to sugarloaf like once or twice a year for a change.
Grab the all east pass. As a student its reasonably priced. Both mountains have they're pros and conn's. Either one on a good day can be a good time, and on a bad day, they can both be hell.
SR's park is probably better then sugarloaf's. They have larger jumps and bigger rails. The superpipe is good about 4 days a year. The day it opens, the one day mid winter that despite walls of blue ice, it actually has perfect shape, and the two days that it warms up in the spring. The park is fun when its nice out, features are well maintained and a session is going off. When february hits and the park crew gets lazy and pissy, its not so good. Skiing wise, its sunday river, not much vertical, lots of groomers, and more out of state duche baggs then you can count. (90% of ASC's paying market and the only people that upper management really cares about)
Sugarloaf is a really good time when there is snow. If you can get up and hit the snowfields on a powder day, it some of the better resort skiing in the east. It can be brutally cold though and warm afternoons with sub-zero nights can mean very skied out icy trails first thing in the morning. The groomers dont look so bad on those days. The park is a lot longer then SR's which means you get a lot of hits in a lap. The pipe never seems very good, hence the reason the CVA spends a month every year training for pipe in breckinridge. People at sugerloaf are a bit more local and seems to be a bit more friendly. It takes a little more for the massholes to make they're way up to maine's more northern region.
If you do get the all east pass though, attitash is pretty close, making the hike to killington early and late season tends to be worth it, and there are always a few good events down at mount snow that I found myself traveling too.
You helped a lot thanks, and the coldness doesnt bother me im from northern maine where its always cold, and since im from the northern i dont think ill get an eastern pass tho it is a good idea. i dont make enough trips down (its about 5 + hours), but thanks good info.
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Generally all anyone has written about is the park, but I would hope your trip for skiing will involve more than just park all day. In that case I think you would be crazy to choose sunday river over sugarloaf for trail quality/diversity. Ive been going to both my entire life but in the last 5 years or so Ive barely bothered to go to Sunday River, it's over crowded, too easy outside the park, and there are A LOT of douchebags in the park at SR. If the snow fields and the back side of sugarloaf is open, it should be a hands down decision.
And as for all the cold comments... Wearing a basketball jersey while skiing in February isnt necessary. Put on a jacket and suck it up. I guess I shouldn't be saying anything though, one of my favorite things about Sugarloaf is it has it's own natural form of Darwinism... Let the weak stay home or go to SR!! Juuuussstt ppllaayyinnn...
Yea u make sense i wasnt going for just the park either...it was part of teh decision but not all. and about teh cold? im sure im not gonna see anything there that i havent seen in Northern Maine yet...
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