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February 26, 2019

Sugarloaf tops 200 inches of snow before March — first time in 20 years

Courtesy / Sugarloaf
Courtesy / Sugarloaf
Sunday’s snowstorm deposited 12 inches of snow at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, pushing the resort’s cumulative snowfall so far this winter to 201 inches.

Sunday's snowstorm deposited 12 inches of snow at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, pushing the resort's cumulative snowfall so far this winter to 201 inches.

Snow continued to fall Monday, adding to the accumulation.

Sugarloaf averages 189 inches of annual snowfall, which includes an average of 38 inches during the month of March. The last time the resort hit 200 inches of snowfall before March was the 1997-98 season, which finished with a total 265 inches.

This year's high totals began with 69 inches of snow in November, which was the snowiest November on record for Sugarloaf.

Sugarloaf currently has 152 open trails spanning 1,171 acres, including Brackett Basin, Burnt Mountain, and the resort's iconic Front Face Snowfields all of which rely entirely on natural snowfall.

The ample base depths on the trails bode well for excellent conditions throughout March and April. The resort has a full lineup of events scheduled for both months, including the U.S. Alpine Speed Championships, March 16-21.

Cumulative snowfall for each month: October, 14; November, 69; December, 15; January, 62; February, 41.

"It's been an incredible winter to be a skier or snowboarder in Maine," Sugarloaf's Director of Marketing Ethan Austin said. "March is historically one of our snowiest months, so to be at 200 inches already is pretty incredible for Sugarloaf."

Located in Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf is the largest ski area in the East. It is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

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