Many of the world’s best snowboarders have flocked to Sunday River in Newry this weekend for the Visa U.S. Snowboarding World Cup competitions.
Maine’s own Seth Wescott is expected to be one of the competitors in today’s snowboard cross final. Wescott captured an Olympic gold medal in the event in 2006.
Nate Holland of Squaw Valley, Calif., and Lindsey Jacobellis of Stratton Mountain, Vt., will be among other U.S. hopefuls.
Those who head to Sunday River for the event may want to head to the Foggy Goggle in South Ridge for the World Cup closeout party tonight. Live music will be provided by Rick Redington and plenty of athletes will be on hand to sign autographs and mingle with fans. The party starts at 7 p.m., with an autograph session at 7:30 and fireworks at 8.
Sunday River received 20 inches of new snow in this week’s most recent storm, and as of Friday 10 lifts were servicing 126 trails.
Sugarloaf enjoying the snow
At Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf is currently enjoying its best conditions of the season, with 100 percent of its terrain now open. The resort has received 39 inches of new snow in the past week alone, and 167 inches total this season.
Because of that abundant snow cover, Sugarloaf’s ski patrol open up the legendary Backside Snowfields on Feb 26, with some of the best conditions in recent memory.
Conditions are excellent, with surfaces of packed powder and powder dominating the entire mountain.
This weekend Sugarloaf and the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center will host the Colby Carnival, which is the EISA NCAA Eastern Regional Championships in both Nordic and Alpine events.
For entertainment, the resort will also welcome back the Adam Ezra Group, one of the top up and coming bands in New England. AEG will be live in the Widowmaker Lounge Feb 27-28.
Looking down the road, Sugarloaf is making preparations for the 2009 US Snowboarding Revolution Tour, March 9-11, which will feature the top up-and-coming snowboarders from around the world, competing to qualify for next year’s World Cup and Grand Prix snowboard tours.
Athletes will compete in halfpipe, slopestyle, and snowboardcross, which will make for a great spectator event.
For a quick and easy way for guests to take advantage of this season’s great conditions, Sugarloaf is currently offering special ski free midweek packages for as little as $69. These packages are a tremendous value, and include lodging, lift ticket, sports and fitness center access, adult Perfect Turn Clinic, and access and equipment rentals at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.
Camden Snow Bowl at full tilt
Skiers at Camden Snow Bowl earlier this week enjoyed perfect conditions, as the ski area had 100 percent of its 11 trails open, and three glades were also open for skiing and riding.
The Snow Bowl bills itself as the only ski area in the lower 48 states where you can get a breathtaking view of the ocean while working your way down the trails.
The top attraction may be Lookout, which the resort says was voted the beset trail in New England by Down East magazine.
The Snow Bowl will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. today and Sunday, and night skiing is available Wednesdays through Fridays until 8 p.m.
Visitors can participate in a ski club fun race today (registration begins at 8 a.m.), and on Sunday the terrain park will host a rail jam for all ages at 1:30 p.m.