By Erin Kenyon, Staff Writer
Sugarloaf Mountain has much to offer this spring ski season including the resort’s first Fat Tire Bike Festival, the Ski the East Freeride Tour, the 27th Annual Bud Light Reggae Fest, and not to mention, the 127 inches of snow that has accumulated this winter and more to come.
Sugarloaf was able to gain a lot of snow at the base of the mountain early this season which has helped with the great season so far. Noelle Tuttle, the communications manager for Sugarloaf, said she has “never seen such incredible skiing.”
The annual Reggae Festival is sure to draw a large crowd as being the biggest party on the mountain according to Tuttle. “Last year we drew the largest crowds the resort has seen for Saturday of Reggae Fest,” she said. “And I anticipate this year will be even bigger.” In past years, Sugarloaf has hosted a number of bands, most of which were free. The 2015 Lineup is still in the making and will be announced in the near future.
Having skied at Sugarloaf for over 30 years, Joe Tutlis, Education Teaching Supervisor and Coordinator for Elementary Education at UMF, expressed his excitement for the big weekend in an email. “I like the music and the feeling tone of Reggae weekend.” Tutlis has enjoyed the skiing season thus far and hopes it continues into spring with lots of snow, no rain, and great conditions into May. “And of course, sun,” he added.
Merlin Komenda, a special education major at UMF, has recently transferred this year and this will be his first time experiencing the spring weather at Sugarloaf. He has experienced Catamount, NY, Hunter Mountain, NY, and Sugarbush, VT. Komenda said he is excited for warmer temperatures and moderate weather. “I’m excited for the ability to not have to ski with multiple layers, making it less laborious,” said Komenda.
The Ski the East Freeride Tour consists of a “Sidecountry Showdown” taking place at The Snowfields. There are 100 available competition spots, with $1,000 cash rewards for top finishers.
The first ever Fat Tire Festival is set to take place April 3-5. Events will include a downhill race, demo opportunities, and daytime and nighttime guided rides. A registration fee of 40 dollars is required for the downhill race.
Aside from the entertainment, Sugarloaf offers a “Spring Pack” which includes three lift tickets to use any time starting March 13 until closing. “Typically we are open the first week in May,” said Tuttle. “But weather permitting, we will stay open as long as there’s snow and there’s people who want to ski it.”
For additional information about these events and more, visit www.sugarloaf.com.