Sugarloafin’


Ah, back at Sugarloaf after a couple of years. Spring conditions, with some rain, and everything is open. Skied the back side for the first time, which was a little sketchy.

No ice — just lots of soft snow.

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Sugarloaf’s Open!

Last week’s snowstorm…

…brought opening day on 29 November 2009…

I’ve been a “Sugarloafer” since 2002, and I hope I get to ski it this season. Contemplating a visit in late March.

There’s also a band in Hungary that goes by the name of “Sugarloaf.” They did a nice cover of “99 Luftballoons,” one of the more memorable songs from the early 80’s…

Family Skiing

I’ve enjoyed skiing since I was 4 years old.  Except for last winter, I don’t think I’ve ever had less than 6 or 7 ski days in any given season.  This winter, I’m on pace to possibly surpass 10 days. We made sure our children learned to ski properly at Sugarloaf in Maine, where we spent one traditional ski week ever winter since 2002 (all in January, except last year; always very cold).

Now that I’m back on skis, I’ve come to realize lift ticket prices are very, very high. Having a ski week package with discounted lift tickets is a good thing. Skiing at smaller mountains like Plattekill, you take advantage of lower prices and accept lesser snowmaking coverage as a trade-off. Skier visits are down in Colorado this season, and some owe it to higher ticket prices. Generally, most ski industry leaders were optimistic this season (weather permitting).

So this weekend, we skied one day at Hunter for a change. A lift ticket costs $63 for an adult and $43 for a kid (junior, age 7-12).  We went up with several families and one of us got smart and wondered whether we qualify for a group rate. We did! Saved $54 when we paid our share for a family of four.

When planning a family ski trip, get other families to join in so you reach the group level (15+ people).