INside the OUTside: Sugarloaf homecoming a little different

Patrons gather for the annual Sugarloaf homecoming. (photo by Dasn Cassidy)

Dan Cassidyby Dan Cassidy

It was a clear ‘crisp’ day at Sugarloaf over the weekend. It didn’t seem to be the same as Homecomings in the past as the Coronavirus epidemic has taken its toll on Maine’s economy in many ways.

Looking back to last spring …. late February when spring skiing at the “Loaf” was in full swing, the mountain had just received a substantial amount of snow and many skiers were looking forward to skiing into May.

However, news spread around the slopes quickly that the mountain was closing for the season due to Coronavirus outbreak. The news spread like wildfire and it got worse as all ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada closed down.

But that was then … and this is now. Although many changes will greet us when opening season arrives, be prepared for new regulations both inside the lodges and on the slopes.

The base lodge will be open as usual for changing into your ski wear and boots, however, social distancing and dining may pose some problems early in the season.

The locker rooms will be open for members to change into their ski and snowboard gear, however, the hours of operation have been modified.

Snowguns came to life on Skidder Trail as it was all dressed in white for visitors as they drove up to the Sugarloaf base lodge.

Although the crowd wasn’t as large as expected due to cancelling of the opening meetings and some outdoor events, many children were busy with paintings, art contests, and many fat bike treks were held.

Seasons’ passes are available to purchase online, along with ski club memberships for the 2020-2021 ski season.

It’s time to get into shape! Looking forward to seeing you on the slopes!


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